Apprenticeships in the UK & Ireland

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Apprentice Diageo Leven Scotland

Begin your career

As an apprentice at Diageo, you'll contribute to the work that goes into making, bottling and distributing our much-loved premium brands — like Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan, Baileys, and Guinness — around the globe. You'll earn as you learn, enjoying an attractive reward and benefits package as you develop your knowledge and skills.

What's more: you'll be part of an inclusive culture, where you're celebrated for your achievements and empowered to be the best you can be. Together with talented people from all corners of the world, you'll do work that's absolutely crucial for building our iconic brands.

Learn every day, in every way

Variety is key in all our apprenticeship programmes. You'll learn for two, three, or four years, depending on which programme you're joining. Most importantly: you'll get practical skills that you'll use on-site, whilst gaining all the knowledge you need to obtain a recognised, national qualification.

You'll learn through a combination of:

  • Learning in the classroom: you'll study for the national qualifications that are specific to your programme and field (e.g. an SCQF Level 6, HNC in Engineering)
  • Learning in the workshop
  • On-site learning: you'll put everything you learn into real-world practice


“I chose an apprenticeship with Diageo to build a long-term career in a well-established company and Diageo is well-known as being a great company to work for. I knew I didn’t want to go back to college or university and by taking this role as an apprentice I am able to learn whilst gaining qualifications.”

Anne Johnstone
Anne Johnstone
Supply Chain Apprentice, Scotland

Our programmes

Engineering Apprenticeships

We have three different types of Engineering Apprenticeships available across our sites:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Instrument and Controls Engineering

The apprenticeships combines in-college learning with on-the-job experience. Being right at the heart of a global manufacturing operation, you'll get the chance to work on industry-leading technology and, of course, help shape the future!

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Packaging Operations Apprenticeship

Our Packing Operator Apprenticeship is designed to provide a springboard for a long and rewarding career in manufacturing. The two-year programme combines in-college and on-the-job learning every week.

In the workplace, you’ll have in-depth training on the different machines and different bottling lines. You’ll learn the end-to-end manufacturing process, including quality checks, process improvements, line stoppages, machine maintenance, and fault-finding.

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Spirit Supply Operations Apprenticeship

Spirit Supply plays a vital role in our supply chain. On this apprenticeship, you'll be directly involved in producing and preparing the spirit that goes into our most iconic brands. You’ll spend three enjoyable years on this programme, learning everything you need to know to succeed in this exciting area of our business!

The apprenticeship is structured to help, support and inspire you in the best way possible. Year one will see you in college full time, split between the classroom and the workshop as you learn the fundamentals. Year two will be on-site four days a week, with one day in college to study for your SCQF Level 5 or your HNC/D in Chemical Engineering. In your final year, you’ll be based in the workplace full time, putting all your skills and knowledge into practice. 

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Whiskey Maturation Operations Apprenticeship

Our two-year Maturation Operator Apprenticeship programme is designed to give you the foundation you need to grow a rewarding career in warehousing. As an apprentice on this programme, you'll get to spend your weeks learning both in the classroom and on-site.

You’ll have in-depth training on the different areas of maturation. This covers filling, warehousing, disgorging and cask management operations. Your college time will give you an introduction to the principles of warehousing and storage. And at the end of the programme, you’ll have heaps of experience, an SCQF Level 5 qualification in Warehousing and Storage and a genuine prospect of a job as a maturation operator.

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Cooper Apprenticeship

As a cooper apprentice, you'll step into the very heart of our whiskey production. You'll be based in Alloa, Scotland, where we have our Cooperage—a state-of-the-art facility that blends leading-edge technology with the skill and craftsmanship of our Coopers. The barrels that are used to mature whisky are key for producing some of our most iconic brands.

Our Cooper Apprenticeship is a four-year, work-based, assessed programme. Your first three years will be spent learning the history of coopering and developing the skills and techniques of the physical craft of the trade. In your fourth year, you'll move into our pioneering mechanical cooperage.

The programme is accredited by the Cooperage Federation. You'll be required to pass a Trade Test at the end of your apprenticeship to demonstrate your capability and craft.

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Coppersmith Apprenticeship

Copper is integral to the production of whisky, the craft & skill in fabricating and maintaining copper stills is paramount to Diageo. To enable Diageo to maintain these goals, it is crucial to develop and ensure the skills of coppersmiths are retained within the business. This is a work based, assessed programme, and you will attain an HNC through on/off job training. You will transfer your knowledge to practice and become a proficient coppersmith.

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Jodie Cunningham

“My favourite thing about the apprenticeship is the opportunity to learn and develop in multiple areas and skills. The support has been amazing. I chose this career path as I’d heard so many great things about Diageo. I wanted to have the opportunity to learn as much whilst being part of this amazing company.”

Jodie Cunningham
Operator Apprentice, Scotland

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