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Become a Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice and secure a guaranteed job whilst working in the world's largest food manufacturing company on our Nestlé Academy Fast Start programme.

If you're looking for a rewarding apprenticeship, leading to a degree qualification, together with practical experience and a promising career, our Fast Start programme offers just that.

With a real job from day one in one of our commercial functions, you'll make a genuine contribution to the business. The focus will be on learning, so your job will support your studies as you work towards a full degree. And, as a sponsored degree, we'll fund your studies and pay you a regular salary, too.

“I enjoy working with such amazing brands and having real responsibilities. This is a great head start to my career as I am gaining real work experience and working towards a qualification.”
Sascha, School Leaver

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A recognised degree, genuine responsibility and real experience with a genuine market leader. What's not to like?

What is the
Fast Start programmme?

The three-year Nestlé Academy Fast Start programme offers you the chance to combine university studies with practical experience in a global business. By the end of the apprenticeship, you'll have well-developed commercial skills that will set you up for a rewarding career with us.

You'll study for a BA (Hons.) degree in Professional Business Practice at Sheffield Hallam University and combine this with Placements in a number of business functions. On completion, you'll have developed the professional knowledge, a debt free degree and real career prospects with one of the biggest food manufacturers in the world. You’ll also become a professional member of the Chartered Management Institute.

In your first two years, you'll enjoy work placements in a number of Nestlé business areas, including our HR, Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain functions. Alongside this commercial experience, you'll have blocks of study in Sheffield. For your final year, you will specialise into a specific business area, based on your strengths and Nestlé's business needs.

What you'll need

We're looking for ambitious and innovative school leavers who have a genuine interest in developing a career in the food and drink industry.

You'll need to have completed your A-levels or equivalent within the last 2 years, with 300 UCAS points excluding General Studies.

Studying for a degree while holding down a job in a fast-moving business like ours can be demanding and challenging. But the rewards will be huge. That's why we're looking for high quality people with real potential who can match our commitment and ambition.

In return, we'll sponsor your course fees, as well as all your costs for accommodation, meals and travel while you're studying in Sheffield. Not to mention great support and a variety of benefits.

Our Fast Start Programme develops both minds and careers.

Why choose the Fast Start programme?

On the Nestlé Academy Fast Start programme, you'll enjoy the best of both worlds. You'll have all the benefits of earning a living, gaining valuable commercial experience and picking up industry know-how alongside Nestlé experts. At the same time, you'll have dedicated time away from work, studying for a full BA (Hons.) degree at Sheffield Hallam University, which will give you the academic knowledge you need to back up your experience and enhance your career potential. To find out more about Sheffield Hallam University please click here.

At Nestlé we value people who share our ambition to deliver quality products to our customers. That's why we make a strong commitment to the students who join our school leaver programme. As well as giving them a job that offers real practical experience, a regular salary and excellent benefits, we also pay all the costs for their degree studies at Sheffield. This covers all accommodation whilst studying, meals and travel costs, as well as course fees.

In addition, you'll receive a great network of support whilst on the Fast Start Programme. Not only will you have your Line Manager, and the other Commercial Apprentices, you'll also be assigned both a buddy and a mentor to help support your development. Your buddy will be another young person within the business who will be there to help with any day-to-day problems or questions. Your mentor will be a more senior member of the business, who has been selected as a good role model and will be able to provide advice and support with your long-term career aspirations.

Register for a place on our Fast Start programme and you can look forward to challenging academic studies, a job with real responsibility and excellent rewards.

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We'll support you every step of the way.

Support and benefits

As a student on our Fast Start programme, you can look forward to a variety of support to help you fulfil your potential and achieve your career ambitions.

The role you take in our business will focus on supporting your studies and developing your skills. And, with roles in a number of different business areas over your first two years, you'll learn about many parts of Nestlé.

You'll be learning a lot through your degree studies, but we'll also give you a range of internal training opportunities that'll help you to learn more about our business. What's more, you'll have a business mentor who works at Nestlé – someone you can turn to for help and advice on a range of issues.

We'll also give you a regular salary (£16k for York and £17k for Gatwick), a range of quality benefits and the chance to make your mark on a variety of local, national and international projects. And, of course, we'll pay all of your university tuition fees.

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