UK’s first packaging degree apprenticeship opens to applicants

Sheffield Hallam University is pioneering a new educational path with its BSc higher degree apprenticeship in packaging professional.  

The degree apprenticeship is the of its kind in the UK, tailored specifically for the packaging industry. The course is now open to applications. 

What is the packaging professional apprenticeship?

Developed in collaboration with industry leaders, the degree is designed to equip students with critical skills and knowledge, addressing the unique challenges of the packaging sector.  

It aims to cultivate a new generation of talent which will be crucial for the industry’s growth. As demands for sustainable and efficient packaging solutions grow, this programme is aiming to prepare its graduates to lead the way.  

Peter Macqueen, principal lecturer in apprenticeships at Sheffield Hallam, said of the programme: “It’s crafted not only to bring fresh talent into the industry but also to develop future leaders.” 

What will the packaging degree apprenticeship cover?

The curriculum will cover materials science, sustainability, supply chain management, business leadership, and regulatory compliance. Students will get a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application through lectures, seminars, laboratory work, and real-world projects.  

With only 44 required days at the university spread over four years, the programme is accessible to people who already work full-time. 

The packaging professional apprenticeship is a level 6 (integrated degree) apprenticeship. The Sheffield Hallam University website states that apprentices will learn more about supply chains and how their roles relate to the packaging industry as a whole. The programme is also hoping to give its apprentices the skills they need to develop new solutions to challenges in the packaging industry.  

What do employers need to know about the packaging professional?

Employers can use the apprenticeship levy to fund the tuition, making it a cost-effective way for businesses to invest in talent development. Applicants need to hold a GCSE grade 4 (or C) in Maths and English, or equivalent qualification, to pass their end-point assessment.  


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