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Key Information

Our apprenticeship routes encourage development and progression opportunities with bespoke on the job training. The aim of the various programmes is to provide specific role knowledge and technical skills as well as focusing on our business behaviours, all aimed at supporting our candidates to achieve their full potential.

We offer apprentice opportunities across all of our sites located throughout the UK that enables us to provide local job opportunities for young people or for those who are a little more daring perhaps a relocation to Cornwall.

How to apply

Below we have outlined the process of applying for an apprentice scheme and the types of schemes available here at Tulip.

Who's it for?

Our apprentice programmes are aimed at school and college leavers who are self-motivated and seeking a fantastic career pathway, earning as they learn.

Candidates are required to be over 18 years old for all apprentice opportunities other than the IST and our, business and Admin apprenticeship programme. All Candidates need to have a passion for food and ambition to learn and progress in a fast paced business, full of challenges and development opportunities.

We offer a competitive starting salary along with an excellent MY Tulip rewards benefits package and life assurance.

What to do

We work in partnership with Holbeach Campus [Lincoln University] for our Technical apprenticeships and for our Butchery apprenticeships, Birmingham Metropolitan University for our Engineering apprenticeships and Walsall college for our IS&T and our Business Admin apprenticeships. We also attend careers events across the UK throughout the year and advertise all of our positions on www.apprenticeships.gov.uk. If we are recruiting you can also go to our vacancy page and apply directly.

Our application process involves you completing your application on line through the above website and detailing your qualifications and any additional supporting information. Those applicants shortlisted will be invited to attend a competency based interview.

Our Butchery Programme

Our starting salary on our butchery development programme is £7.20 per hour and begins every September. The learning part of this programme is aimed at providing bespoke training to become a qualified butcher. Candidates will develop knife skills, understand yields, understand food safety and health and safety, identify features of carcases, and produce quality products to meet customer specification. At the end of the programme successful candidates will have achieved the following qualifications.

  • Technical Certificate [Includes elements from the FDQ Proficiency in Meat and Poultry qualification]
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English Level 1
  • QCF Level 2 Food safety Award
  • QCF Level 2 Health and Safety in the Food safety Chain
  • QCF Level 2 Knife Skills

Candidates have a full company induction, learn about Pig breeds and their history, the welfare of animals, Meat Purchasing Guide, Pig Production, Pig Industry and much more. Candidates will be provided with a mentor and have regular review meetings with their Trainer and Assessor. All successful candidates will be offered full time employment on our butchery pace line, as a pork producer within teams of skilled butchers producing high specification products for retail customers.

We offer ongoing development opportunities for those individuals who are keen to progress and ambitious. Many of our apprentices are team leaders and Managers.

Our Engineering Programme

Candidates will need to have good communication and organisational skills with a minimum of five GCSEs including grade 6/B or above in Maths and 5/C in English (combined science would be an advantage, but not essential). Our starting salary on our engineering development programme is £7.20 per hour and begins every September. Each programme runs for 6 weeks at Birmingham Met, 4 times a year. All hotel and travel is included.

The learning part of this programme is aimed at providing bespoke training to become a dual skilled Maintenance Engineer within 5 years. Candidates will develop skills to enable them to provide technical support in response to breakdowns on process systems, plant and equipment, including good fault finding techniques. At the end of the programme successful candidate will have achieved the following Technical skills and qualifications.

  • Technical certificate [Basic Engineering Skill – Performing Engineering Operations (NVQ2 PEO units)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering [Example units – Maintenance pathway with modules of: Health and Safety, Engineering Principles and Practice, Principles of Maintenance, Installation and Commissioning]
  • Maintenance of machine systems , maintenance of hydraulic systems, maintenance of pneumatic systems, maintenance of electrical equipment and systems and Mechatronics systems principles and fault finding.
  • Engineering Knowledge and Competence (NVQ3)
  • Functional Skills in ICT Level 2

Candidates have a full company induction, learn how to apply lean thinking techniques to ensure the productive capability of the site is optimised and improved, thus demonstrating commitment towards achieving factory targets, including prompt start up times and much more. Candidates will be provided with a mentor and have regular review meetings with their Trainer and Assessor. All successful candidates will be offered full time employment within the engineering department.

We offer ongoing development opportunities for those individuals who are keen to progress and ambitious. Many of our apprentices are team leaders and Managers.

Our Technical Programme

Candidates will need to have good communication and organisational skills with a minimum of 5 GCSEs including grade 5/C or above in Maths and English. Other desirable A Levels are in Biology, Chemistry and Food Technology; although not essential. Equivalent BTECs and all other qualifications will also be considered. Individuals must have prior level 3 qualifications or food industry experience. Our starting salary on our technical development programme is £15.6 per year and begins every September. The hours of work are 40 hours per week Mon – Fri and may involve day release at college depending on local provider.

The learning part of this programme is aimed at providing bespoke technical training to be able to perform a vital role relating to the quality of our meat products and our food safety. Candidates will develop skills that will enable them to audit, analyse data, visual checks on our products as well as quality testing using equipment such as temperature probes and a taste panel.

At the end of the 2.5 year programme successful candidates will have achieved a foundation degree Level 5.

In the first year you will cover modules in:

  • Food Commodities, Food Law, Ethics and CSR, Food Quality Assurance, HACCP and Hygiene, Food Process Engineering, Food Raw Materials, Food Science ,Introduction to Food Chemistry and Microbiology and Policy Market Dynamics.

In the second year you will cover modules in:

  • Advanced Food Science, Food preservation, Managing people ion Food Organisations, Nutrition, Health & Diet and Packaging systems
  • You will also complete an individual project.

Candidates have a full company induction, learn about production schedules, quality assurance, finding any issues with our products before they go to our customer as well as our quality management system and much more. Candidates will be provided with a mentor and have regular review meetings with their Trainer and Assessor. All successful candidates will be offered full time employment in our Technical Team.

We offer ongoing development opportunities for those individuals who are keen to progress and ambitious. Many of our apprentices are now team leaders or Managers. It is hoped that technical apprentices will progress onto a BSc (Hons).

Our Business and Administration Programme

Candidates will need to have good communication and organisational skills with a minimum of 5 GCSEs including grade C or above in Maths and English. Other qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration. Our starting salary on our Business apprentice development programme is the Apprentice minimum wage however reviews are carried out every twelve weeks and the candidate can earn up to 60p per hour more, if they are successfully achieving. We seek business apprentices every September. The hours of work are traditionally 8.30am – 5pm and may involve day release at college depending on local provider.

The learning part of this programme is aimed at providing bespoke training to obtain a variety of finance and business skills that are valuable to lots of our roles including our finance and Commercial departments. Candidates can develop a variety of business skills including Reception, Credit control admin, purchase Ledger, stock control, Accounting, planning and office administration. Candidates will also work towards the following Technical skills and qualifications.

  • Level 2/3 Technical Certificate consisting of a Diploma in Business and Administration at relevant level
  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT (some applicants may be exempt dependant on previous qualifications)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and thinking Skills
  • Customer care and telephone Skills
  • Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administration and a Level 4 Technical Certificate (Equivalent to a HNC/HND
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and thinking Skills

Some of the key units that have been undertaken by apprentices are Customer Service, Reception Services, Project Management, Develop and Deliver Presentations, Analyse and Report Business Data, Encourage innovation within a Business Environment.

Candidates have a full company induction, learn how to work in an office environment developing their organisational, communication and administration skills. Candidates will be provided with a mentor and have regular review meetings with their Trainer and Assessor. All successful candidates will be offered full time employment within the Finance / administration department.

We offer ongoing development opportunities for those individuals who are keen to progress and ambitious. Many of our apprentices have achieved level four and are in the process of converted their qualification into a foundation degree or completing other qualifications for example CIPS and AAT.

Our IS&T Programme

Information will be coming soon to this section. Please check back later.

Meet an Apprentice

Luke Hartwell - Commercial Team

Luke joined Tulip as an apprentice and has since progressed into a role within the business’s Commercial team as a Commercial Executive. He is working towards a degree and aims to become a Commercial Manager.

Ethan Jones - IT Team

Ethan is an apprentice working as a Customer Service Partner on the IS&T Helpdesk, handling and resolving calls about IT and systems issues from around the business.

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