Each Rotation and leadership experiential learning ensures participants receive exposure to a variety of projects, phases, disciplines, expert knowledge and locations. This program is aimed at developing breadth and depth of work experience and business management skills, while maximising career goals.

  • Having significant responsibility and challenge right from day one
  • Participation in a tour of sites and functions across the business tracking from Farm to Fork.
  • Obtaining knowledge about Food & Drink Industry and our business
  • Shining through project work
  • Discovering more about yourself and demonstrating your potential
  • Trainees will participate in a bespoke training programme completing an ILM
  • Permanent role with fast-track career progression   

To succeed on this traineeship, you will need to be;

  • Ambitious and determined to make the most from the variety of development opportunities we will put your way
  • Fully committed to working flexibly across a number of our UK sites
  • A self-starter, highly organised and committed to build a career with one of the UKs largest food businesses

Our 18-month Traineeship offers a number of streams: 

The Commercial trainee will be exposed to all key areas of the process as well as our customers. Rotating across a different customer business unit to gain invaluable insight into the similarities and differences involved with different customers.  Each rotations serves to build and develop on previously and newly acquired knowledge.

New Product Development:
Our NPD and Innovation family provides a range of career opportunities where you can be involved in providing the inspiration and pipeline of ideas for our customers, developing ideas and concepts, or finishing the product and packaging, from concept to launch.

Category / Marketing / Insight:
Delivering a customer centric vision for our retail partners based on insight that drives future profitable growth and increased market share.  Supporting with strategic and tactical category plans and reviews, encompassing range recommendations, NPD suggestions, product positioning, de-list advice, promotional strategy and retail implementation.

Working out of one of our 11 food manufacturing centres, our engineers provide an extremely high standard of technical support in response to breakdowns on our process systems, plant and equipment.

A fantastic opportunity to drive change in complex international supply chains and to become a sustainability subject matter expert, ensuring we deliver a competitive advantage for our business and customers. The role will also work within cross-functional teams to deliver financial savings for the business. Reporting to the Head of Sustainability, the role will work on a primarily project basis to manage and mitigate sustainability risks across our supply chains.

Our finance roles touch all areas of the business. Using a wide range of financial data and business knowledge, they provide accurate and timely financial information that is crucial to the success of our business. The role will rotate over a number of finance functions from both a central or site finance specialism, developing a broader business knowledge.

Being involved in an Operational traineeship means that you will be exposed to all key areas of the process from product knowledge to operational excellence, planning and carcass balance.  The trainee will rotate over a number of areas of the business also learning about processes, budget and spend, H&S, HR, Commercial (not exhaustive).

The Technical trainee will participate in three, six-month modules with the overall aim that by the end of the programme you will become an expert on the factory operations and the supply chain. The three rotations serve to build and develop on previously and newly acquired knowledge, learning about lots of different areas of the technical function including Yield and Quality Measures, H&S, Environmental SOPs, Packaging, Process Improvement and Operational Excellence to name a few.

Getting started

You will begin your time with us by spending a full and engaging week on what we call our Farm to Fork experience, learning about our full supply chain, from pig production right through to a product ending up on retail shelves.

What we bring to the table

  • £26,663 starting salary
  • A professional qualification in Leadership and Management
  • Mentoring
  • An existing Early Careers community
  • Discounts on retail, food, travel and more

A successful career in the food sector

Pilgrim’s UK Ltd provides a wide range of quality, cost-effective and innovative products to the retail and foodservice sectors from a number of modern manufacturing facilities located throughout the UK.  Our UK operation consists of four distinct businesses; Agriculture, Fresh and Added Value and Central.

Feed your Career
We want you to have a long and successful career with us, which is fast-tracked by our traineeships. To make things even better, if you successfully complete the traineeship, you are guaranteed a job with us. Our previous Pilgrim’s trainees have taken up senior positions and are making a real impact in the industry.

Feed your Experience
Working for one of the UKs largest food businesses will give you an experience of the industry like no other. You will be undertaking project work that directly influences the way that we produce food for our world-class customers.

Feed your Lifestyle
Being a trainee can be hard work.  To reward you for all your time and effort, we offer a competitive starting salary alongside access to our rewards system, which means discounts on cinema tickets, food, in your favourite shops and much more. Our Trainees won’t feel alone. There is a whole cohort of Trainees around Pilgrim’s for you to develop, socialize and share the journey with.

Feed your Knowledge
Our Traineeships aren’t ‘regular jobs’, and we don’t want your learning to stop after you’ve gained your qualification. We will provide you with bespoke coaching that will truly help you to unlock your potential. You will be expertly mentored by a member of our Leadership Team and provided with opportunities to develop your skills.

As a Pilgrim’s trainee you have a choice: specific or generalist? If you are interested in a specific career within the industry, such as Engineering, you can apply directly for a role. Alternatively, you can take part in our specific traineeships which we recruit annually.


If you have any further questions about our Leadership Trainee programme, please email:

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Apprenticeship programmes

Our award-winning apprenticeships encourage development and progression opportunities with bespoke on the job training, unrivalled support and top-class training. Our programmes are designed for anyone who is looking to kick-start their career in food manufacturing while earning and learning!

What we bring to the table

  • Competitive salaries
  • A residential Welcome Week at an outdoor-activity centre
  • Extensive support
  • Top-class training
  • Learning opportunities beyond your apprenticeship
  • Mentoring scheme
  • Masterclasses
  • Discounts on retail, food, cinema, travel and much more
  • Wellbeing support
How it works

A Supportive Environment

Undertaking an apprenticeship is hard work. Luckily, we will provide you with the right amount of support so you can thrive. Your manager and teams will be there for your day-to-day needs and you will be provided with a mentor who will guide you through various situations. All training providers will give you extensive support in completing your studies.

80% of your time will be spent at work: learning your job and picking up new skills.

20% of your time will be spent at college, mentoring sessions, job shadowing, other training and masterclasses.

Our Apprentice Programmes

Our Butchery Apprenticeship programme

The learning part of this programme is aimed at providing bespoke training to become a qualified butcher. Candidates will develop knife skills, understand yields, understand food safety and health and safety, identify features of carcases, and produce quality products to meet customer specification.

At the end of the programme you will have achieved the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • Technical Certificate [Includes elements from the FDQ Proficiency in Meat and Poultry qualification]
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English Level 1
  • QCF Level 2 Food safety Award
  • QCF Level 2 Health and Safety in the Food safety Chain
  • QCF Level 2 Knife Skills

After your apprenticeship you can progress your career through the ranks in butchery, working on fast-paced lines with other skilled butchers. We offer ongoing development opportunities for those individuals who are keen to progress and ambitious. Many of our previous apprentices are now Team Leaders and Managers.

Our Engineering Apprenticeship programme

The learning part of this programme is aimed at providing bespoke training to become a dual skilled Maintenance Engineer within five years. Candidates will develop skills to enable them to provide technical support in response to breakdowns on process systems, plant and equipment, including good fault finding techniques.

Our Engineering Apprenticeship programme is delivered by Birmingham Metropolitan College. You, along with the other Engineering Apprentices, will stay at the college three times a year, for six weeks at a time. We call this ‘block learning’. We pay for all accommodation and travel expenses to ensure you are comfortable as possible when away from home.

At the end of the programme you will have achieved the following skills and qualifications as a minimum:

  • Technical certificate [Basic Engineering Skill – Performing Engineering Operations (NVQ2 PEO units)
  • Level 3 in Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer [Example units – Maintenance pathway with modules of: =
  • Health and Safety, Engineering Principles and Practice, Principles of Maintenance, Installation and Commissioning]
  • Maintenance of machine systems, maintenance of hydraulic systems, maintenance of pneumatic systems, maintenance of electrical equipment and systems and Mechatronics systems principles and fault finding.
  • Engineering Knowledge and Competence (NVQ3)
  • Functional Skills in ICT Level

We offer ongoing development opportunities for those individuals who are keen to progress and ambitious. Your learning doesn’t stop when your apprenticeship ends.

Recently one of our Engineering Apprentices won the Food Processing Young Engineer of the Year Award.

Our Technical Apprenticeship programme

The learning part of this programme is aimed at providing bespoke technical training to be able to perform a vital role relating to the quality of our meat products and our food safety. Candidates will develop skills that will enable them to audit, analyse data, carry out visual checks on our products, as well as quality testing using equipment such as temperature probes and a taste panel.

At the end of the five-year programme successful candidates will have achieved a fully paid-for ‘Technical Professional’ degree from Harper Adams University.

You will cover a range of modules such as: Food Science, Nature of Food, Logistics, Food Defence and so much more.

We offer ongoing development opportunities for those individuals who are keen to progress and ambitious. Many of our apprentices are now Team Leaders or Managers and have gone on to complete even more qualifications.

The entry criteria for this programme is 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

Our other programmes

We often look for apprentices in functions such as Finance, HR, Business Administration and Commercial. Please email to enquire about opportunities in these areas.