Kick-start or fresh-start with our apprenticeships. Find your future here.

Our apprentices are across our business, doing essential work in our production, customer services and engineering teams. Earning while they learn and building their career with us.

Rethink apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are no longer just for school leavers, and can be a great fit if you’re looking to start your career, re-skill or get back into work after some time away. 

Feel like you belong from day one

Whether you’re completely new to DS Smith, an existing colleague joining a new DS Smith team or taking on another role, you’ll feel right at home from day one. Where you’ll find a culture of no egos, where we support each other to grow and thrive. Quite simply, our aim is to make you the very best at what you do, regardless of who you are. 

5 reasons to become a DS Smith apprentice

  1. Our apprenticeships are designed to help you develop all the skills you need to succeed in our business, with an inspirational manager to support you throughout the programme. 
  2. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, throughout your apprenticeship you’ll be actively helping to make a difference to the communities we work in and the wider world. No matter the role, each person helps us cut waste, protect natural resources and reduce our carbon footprint. 
  3. You’ll earn while you learn and enjoy a range of benefits including competitive pay and holidays. 
  4. You’ll apply your new knowledge and skills immediately to your day-to-day working life. 
  5. We’re top-tier provider of sustainable packaging solutions and Europe’s biggest recycler. We have a unique full-lifecycle strategy with an industry-leading approach to sustainability. We want the brightest minds to join us, bring their fresh perspectives and help us become even more innovative. That’s where you come in. 

We offer apprenticeships for new and existing colleagues in the following areas: 

  • Production
  • Customer Service
  • Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Sales
  • Leadership and Management
  • Finance
  • IT and Digital

Your turn to step up

We’re always looking for apprentices and vacancies are added throughout the year to our Careers Page, together with all the details you need to apply. 

A school trip to DS Smith sparked my interest. Although my school encouraged me to go to university, I felt that an apprenticeship would be a better fit for me. Now, I am studying for a degree, earning a salary, and gaining valuable workplace experience.

Josephine Cooper
Apprentice Packaging Technician


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