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Wrapped in Success

Apprenticeship Programmes

Our award-winning apprenticeships encourage development and progression opportunities with bespoke on the job training, unrivalled support and top-class training. Our programmes are designed for anyone who is looking to kick-start their career in food manufacturing whilst earning and learning!

What we bring to the table

  • Competitive salaries
  • A residential Welcome Week at an outdoor-activity centre
  • Extensive support
  • Top-class training
  • Learning opportunities beyond your apprenticeship
  • Mentoring scheme
  • Masterclasses
  • Discounts on retail, food, cinema, travel and much more
  • Wellbeing support

More details

For more information and to apply, please click on your desired programme below

Who's it for?

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

We are looking for a passion for food and the ambition to learn and progress in a fast-paced business, full of challenges and development opportunities.

We offer a competitive starting salary along with excellent support, opportunities, rewards and benefits package and life assurance.

How does it work?


A Supportive Environment

Undertaking an apprenticeship is hard work. Luckily, Tulip will provide you with the right amount of support that will allow you to thrive. Your manager and teams will be there for your day-to-day needs and you will be provided with a mentor who will guide you through various situations. Additionally, all training providers that we work with will give you extensive support in completing your studies.

The Apprenticeship Formula

80% of your time will be spent at work: learning your job and picking up new skills.

20% of your time will be spent off-the-job: time at college, mentoring sessions, job shadowing, other training and masterclasses.



Our Butchery Programme

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Our Butchery Apprenticeship programme 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 you will have achieved the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • 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

After your apprenticeship you can progress your career through the ranks in butchery, working on fast-paced lines with other skilled butchers. We offer ongoing development opportunities for those individuals who are keen to progress and ambitious. Many of our previous apprentices are now Team Leaders and Managers.

Our Engineering Programme

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Our Engineering Apprenticeship programme begins every September.

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.

Our Engineering Apprenticeship programme is delivered by Birmingham Metropolitan College. You, along with the other Engineering Apprentices, will stay at the college three times year, for six weeks at a time. We call this ‘block learning’. We pay for all accommodation and travel expenses to ensure you are comfortable as possible when away from home.

At the end of the programme you will have achieved the following skills and qualifications as a minimum:

  • Technical certificate [Basic Engineering Skill – Performing Engineering Operations (NVQ2 PEO units)
  • Level 3 in Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer [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

We offer ongoing development opportunities for those individuals who are keen to progress and ambitious. Your learning doesn’t stop when your apprenticeship ends.

Recently one of our Engineering Apprentices won the Food Processing Young Engineer of the Year Award.

Our Technical Programme

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Our Technical Apprenticeship programme begins every September.

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 5 year programme successful candidates will have achieved a fully paid-for ‘Technical Professional’ degree from Harper Adams University.

You will cover a range of modules such as; Food Science, Nature of Food, Logistics, Food Defence and so much more.

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 and have gone on to complete even more qualifications.

The entry criteria for this programme is 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

Our other programmes

We often look for apprentices in functions such as Finance, HR, Business Administration and Commercial. Please email recruitment@tulipltd.co.uk to enquire about opportunities in these areas.

Meet our Apprentices

Aiysha - Finance Apprentice

My time at Tulip these past two and a half years has been incredible, I have been able to participate in many amazing opportunities that have come my way that have contributed for me to successfully be in a Financial Accounting role. I have experienced many tactful situations that have helped me on my continuing journey in my desired role as a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Lewis - Health and Safety Apprentice

Since joining the business as a Health & Safety Apprentice back in September 2018 I have enjoyed many different experiences and learnt many different things. One of the best parts of my job is that no day is the same

Emily - HR Apprentice

I have been given many opportunities to develop myself. This includes my apprenticeship programme, attending different types of training, developing relationships in the organisation and branching out into the community. As an apprentice I have been able to give speeches for student and speak to local schools and businesses about my apprenticeship programme.

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