Engineering Graduate Trainee Scheme - Paper Division - Birmingham and Kent

Smurfit Kappa Group is one of the leading producers of paper based packaging in the world, with longevity, sustainability and innovation at its heart.  Check out our website to learn a bit more about what we do, who our customers are, and the awards we have won.  Paper based packaging is the ultimate sustainable resource (in the UK 80% of corrugated board is recycled, and the average cardboard box contains 75% recycled fibres).  Coupled with our circular business model  it is great to be protecting the planet as we go about our day job


Smurfit Kappa Paper UK  a division of the Smurfit Kappa Group, operates 2 Paper Mills,1 in Kent, and 1 in the Midlands, each with over 150 years of paper making experience.  Together they offer the greatest volume and the widest portfolio of paper available in the UK, to ensure that our customers have both choice, and continuity of supply.  As well as fulfilling customer need, sustainability is also at the top of the agenda for the business, from using recycled raw materials, to recycling the water and power used in the paper making process to minimise our carbon footprint.

This year we have vacancies on our 2 year Engineering Graduate Training Scheme for graduates with an engineering degree.  The scheme will be made up of 4 six month placements, 3 at your ‘home’ mill, and 1 at your ‘away’ mill and will cover a wide range of  engineering fields.  You will have the opportunity to join highly experienced teams working on process improvement, maintenance and projects, as well as our CHP and water treatment plant.  The nature of the work is varied, which means that we are often able to identify placements that coordinate with your interests, skills, experience and development needs, as well as current business priorities; this ensures placements are relevant to you, as well as adding value to the business.

We want our Graduate trainees to reach their full potential both personally and professionally, while making a real contribution to the bottom line, so we provide them with the perfect learning environment of responsibility, motivation and support.  They will receive on and off the job training, mentoring and coaching, in a real life, challenging work setting. 

The kind of people we are looking for will be confident and ambitious, with a natural flair for building relationships at all levels of business and outstanding communication skills.  They will be self-motivated, tenacious and resilient, and comfortable working both alone and as part of a team.

To the successful candidate who fits the bill we are offering: a salary of £30,000 per annum, 25 days holiday + public holidays, life assurance, and a contributory pension scheme.


If you are up for the challenge, we’d love to hear from you before the closing date of 26/02/23.  Apply now by uploading your cv and answering three key questions.

Salary £30,000 per annum

Type Full time

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