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Science Internship Leading Apprenticeship Scheme

Bedfordshire, Bedford
Up to £21600 per annum + Leading To Apprenticeship Scheme
Closing date
20 Oct 2021

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Science Intern - Ice Cream Ingredients Technician to join our client, a leading global FMCG company with brands such as Dove, Knorr, Persil & Magnum, to be based at Colworth Science Park in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, MK44 (just a 40-minute drive from Milton Keynes). This is a full-time temporary role for a period of 1 year with a view to move into the apprenticeship scheme, working a 37.5-hour week, paying £21,600 per annum. The role expects the successful candidate to be based on-site 3-4 days per week.


We are looking to recruit a passionate individual, looking for challenges and to make a difference; with a real passion & genuine interest in Foods & Science to work in an Ice Cream Ingredients team.

The role will initially be a 1-year contract with a view to then evolving into an apprenticeship as part of the Research and Development degree apprenticeship scheme in Colworth.

Key Responsibilities

Ice Cream ingredients have an important role to play in making sure that we deliver the best tasting and highest quality Ice Cream to our consumers. The 1-year role in the Ice Cream ingredients team will involve learning about the different ingredients that make up Ice Cream such as such as oils & fats, emulsifiers, hydrocolloids & starches to be able to support the development of new Ice Creams. Activities could include collecting data and running experiments on specific ingredients, keeping ingredients databases up to date and supporting new ingredient developments.

Our Research and Development teams are recognised and respected as some of the world's best. They bring ideas to life that make our brands bigger, bolder and more exciting.

The Research and Development degree apprenticeship scheme in Colworth is your opportunity to join an exciting and challenging area. Our apprentices follow a structured and challenging academic programme to achieve a BSc Honours degree, as well as working on real projects with world renowned scientists that deliver to some of the 2.5 billion consumers who use our products every day.

As a R&D Refreshment Apprentice, you will work with the R&D Refreshment teams leading the way in developing new products in Beverages and Ice Cream. Over the 5 years you will study for a BSc while experiencing working in different aspects of Refreshment R&D, whether it is in the Ice cream Global Design Centre to develop Ice Cream Products for the global market, designing and utilising new technology to develop products for innovations truly ahead of the competition; or in Beverages delivering world class innovations in great tasting drinks that meet the vitality needs of our consumers or in the Discover team whose aim is to be the primary source of sustainable, new science.

Key Requirements

Grade requirements

As well as English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at grade 5 or above, you will have at least 2 science A levels (or equivalent) at grade B or above - from Maths, Chemistry, Physics, or Biology. This can be already obtained or predicted grades from current study.

Skills required

From the moment you join, you will be working on real projects with real responsibilities and deliverables. We are looking for people with a passion to succeed and prepared to take on challenging work outside their comfort zone, an ability to meet deadlines both at work and with their studies. You should not be afraid to ask questions, learn new skills and speak up. Your input is just as important as the next person.

You must be able to express yourself when working within such a large business environment. You will need to listen to people and communicate clearly to achieve your goals.

Skills gained

You will learn how R&D works and how different roles contributes, as well as develop relevant skills, as you move to different teams and roles within Ice Cream & Beverages R&D throughout the 5 years of your apprenticeship.


A job at Unilever is a career made by you, with development opportunities, benefits and a working culture that embraces diversity. So whether you’re looking for an internship, apprenticeship, graduate opportunities, or a job opening to progress your professional career, at Unilever you can shape your own path as you work with the brands and people that drive our sustainable business growth.

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