Chocolate, coffee, cereals, milk and water. Nestle is a huge international food brands business with strong roots in the UK and a fine reputation for celebrating apprentices. Their degree apprenticeships are in the commercial heart of the marketing, sales, supply chain. A superb start to a career.
Sales; Marketing; HR; Supply Chain
Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship
Sheffield Hallam University; Chartered Management Institute
York; Gatwick HQ
104 (new formula) UCAS points from 3 “A” levels excluding General Studies
Online + Assessment
5 days per week, 4 x 6 month placements followed by one year in specific business area
6 modules of 4 days each per year at Sheffield Hallam University
York £16,000; Gatwick £17,000
Yes, on successful completion
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