Mars UK • United Kingdom

Engineering Apprentice

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

This is an exciting opportunity to join a 4-year Apprenticeship, where you will be working towards the Level 3 Engineering Technician qualification. You will take part in fantastic training courses and team building events, whilst tackling real challenges and taking on real responsibility. You’ll need to be a great team player and communicator, with the motivation to get results and a positive mindset. As a Mars Apprentice you will gain a professional qualification, as well as on the job experience.

It’s undeniable: Pets truly make the world a better place. That’s why we’re inspired to make A Better World For Pets™, a world where they’re healthy, happy and welcome. It's safe to say, at Mars Petcare, we're passionate about pets, and their health.

What are we looking for?

  • GCSEs Grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent) in Maths, English and Science
  • A demonstrable interest in leadership
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • The desire to learn
  • Willing and able to travel to our Melton Mowbray site and to Loughborough College.

What will be your key responsibilities?

From your first day at Mars, you’ll get quality mentoring and coaching from our experienced associates, as well as:

  • Learning how to maintain our plant
  • Learning how to diagnose complex mechanical and electrical faults
  • Learning how to repair our equipment
  • Applying all relevant Mars quality and safety systems to ensure the safety of people and products is maintained
  • Working across various areas in our factory including Mechanical, Electrical and Utilities

​ In Year 1 you will spend 3 days per week at Loughborough College and 2 days at our Melton Mowbray site. Years 2, 3 & 4 are based mainly at our Melton Mowbray factory and will see you continue your academic development with day release at Loughborough College.

On successful completion of the Engineering Apprenticeship you will have demonstrated leadership, and the ability to take ownership and accountability for equipment, carry out complex fault diagnosis and repairs and provide technical coaching to others.

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 like-minded and talented Associates, all guided by The Five Principles.
  • Join a purpose driven company, where we’re striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.
  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.
  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.

Applications will be reviewed regularly and may close early if we receive a high number of applicants. We currently expect to hold our assessment days on 14th, 21st and 30th March 2023.

Want to know more about the recruitment process? Visit the Apprenticeship page on our careers website.

We are keen for all applicants to demonstrate their full potential. If you require any support or adjustments during the recruitment process for any reason, including those related to a disability please contact us at apprenticesupport@effem.com. Any information you provide will be treated in confidence.


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
“Pawternity” leave
Pregnancy loss leave

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First we assess the flexibility options Mars UK provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Mars UK is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

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Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
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