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Sweet success for former Sheffield apprentice

News   •   May 13, 2016 11:26 BST

Dawn Woodcock, former Engineering Apprentice, has been successful in securing a full time permanent position as a technician at Mondelēz International’s sweets factory in Sheffield - the first for 32 years!

It was back in 2011, when working on one of the production lines at the Sheffield’s factory that Dawn decided to apply for the newly launched Engineering Technician Apprentice programme. It had been over 30 years since the Sheffield site had taken on apprentices and Dawn became one of two candidates to join the scheme. She passed the programme with flying colours and last year she managed to secure a one-year junior technician role to gain further experience. Seven months into the role, Dawn has now been successful in being offered a full time permanent position as a technician at Mondelēz.

Congratulations on your new role, how does it feel?
It's good to finally gain a permanent position in the role I set out to get. I can now gain further experience which will give me a good foundation for progressing my career in the future.

Why did you apply for an apprenticeship at Mondelez?
I had previously completed an electrical installation apprenticeship before coming to the Sheffield factory as an operator. The apprenticeship scheme in Sheffield gave me the opportunity to get back doing a job I wanted to do long term.

If you were to choose one highlight from the years as a Mondelez apprentice – what would it be?
The opportunities given to me. I visited No10 Downing Street which not many people can say. I also met our CEO Irene Rosenfeld for breakfast which is also a privilege within the company.

What are your top tips for aspiring apprentices?

  1. Try to get as much information as possible about all of the opportunities available to you before you apply.
  2. Don't be afraid to ask your potential employer questions and make sure you know exactly what is needed so that you can highlight your best attributes.
  3. Look into the college or training providers. Are you going to get the right qualification for you?
  4. The most important thing is to choose something that you're interested in – this will give you the drive to study and learn successfully.
  5. Picture your long term ambitions – where do you want to be and what steps do you need to take to get there.