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Apprentice "bubbles" with enthusiasm about York scheme


Working at a chocolate factory as a manufacturing apprentice could be a perfect role for anyone looking to get into the field, and that's exactly what Jemima Pennock thought.

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and 23-year-old Jemima is just six months into the scheme as part of the Aero team based at the York factory.

"I've come into an apprenticeship slightly later than some," said Jemima, "I have a degree in sports science but as I graduated Covid hit and it seemed like an apprenticeship was a good direction to take.

"I am really creative, and really like hands on learning which is why I chose manufacturing as I do like process and order. I've started on the moulding line with all the confectioners learning how to make the product.

"My course is two-and-a-half years in level 3 manufacturing, and I'm linked to Lincoln University where we go three times a year for course work and lecture training. It's great as you get to meet all the other manufacturing apprentices from around Nestlé in the UK."

Jemima said she was drawn to the course as she likes a challenge. "Working for a big company like Nestlé is great way for development too. I was asked in my first few weeks where I wanted to go with my career, and they are really wanting to help to create the best future for you. It is great."

She added: "If you are really passionate about manufacturing, show your passion. The team is so nice, and the culture of work here is great, everyone is willing to help and give advice."

Applications are open for level 3 apprenticeships with Nestlé until Sunday 13th February. To find out more about the opportunities on offer and apply visit