Level 6 R&D Packaging Degree Apprenticeship Programme – Port Sunlight, Wirral


Apprenticeship summary

Would you like to work with and learn from the biggest brands in the world, bringing your purpose to life with your work? We care as much about the sustainability of our business as we do about the success of our brands and our people. Together, we can feel good about the work we do every day. You will be part of a team leading the way in developing new sustainable packaging (bottles, caps, jars, labels + many more formats) and products.

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Closing date: February 29, 2024

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Date posted:
October 31, 2023
Possible start date:
September 2, 2024
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  • As a Packaging Research and Development Apprentice, you will be part of a team leading the way in developing new sustainable packaging (bottles, caps, jars, labels + many more formats) and products. You will have the opportunity to work in different packaging functions to develop your skills. This will include, working in hands on environments such as the Packaging Lab and the Advanced Manufacturing Centre. Here you will work with various pieces of equipment and refine your understanding of our different test methods and practises, ensuring our pack designs are suitable for our Supply Chain and provide our consumers with the in-use experience they expect.
  • You’ll also experience more management and development work as you rotate through our Packaging Excellence, Design, Sustainability and Brand Innovation teams. Here you will get to work on new packaging design/technology projects from concept to launch, collaborating with different teams within Unilever to deliver a high quality, sustainable, desirable pack to market.
  • You will do all this while getting a packaging BSc from Sheffield Hallam University.  

As an apprentice, you’ll receive on-the-job training and experience in an administrative position along with formal training to gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to support our business operations.

You’ll join a team with a dedicated line manager committed to enhancing your career experiences. You will receive the BSc in Packaging Technology (integrated degree) upon completion of this programme.

Good chances of progression to temporary/permanent employment.



Unilever are one of the world's largest fast-moving consumer goods companies, meaning we own, make & sell products that people use in their everyday lives. We own over 400 brands found in homes all over the world – including iconic global brands such as Dove, Lifebuoy, and Magnum. Our apprenticeship programmes allow people from all backgrounds to find their purpose and rise to their full potential, whilst learning invaluable skills and earning a wage. ​​​​​​​​​​​ All our programmes offer you on the job experience and formal training to give you the knowledge and skills to fire-up your career and give you the opportunity to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.


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Packaging professional (integrated degree) (level 6)