Mondelez International: Dawn Woodcock - Careers case study
Dawn Woodcock, Junior Technician, former Engineer Apprentice, Mondelez Sheffield Site
Dawn Woodcock is a Junior Technician at Mondelez International's Sheffield site,
having just completed her four year apprenticeship as an engineer.
“Some people still hold misconceptions about the industry, particularly
that it's not a career path for women. As a young lady who's only ever worked
engineering and manufacturing I can happily confirm that it's quite the
To forge a career in manufacturing you need a keen eye, can-do attitude and
thirst for learning – and your gender plays no role in that!
“I've recently completed my four year apprenticeship with Mondelez and I'm
delighted I've secured a role at the Sheffield factory as a Junior Technician.
During my apprenticeship I was able to try my hand at maintaining a range of
equipment types across different departments to give me the broadest possible
foundation of skills and experience. An apprenticeship is a great gateway into
working environment and for you to gain nationally recognised qualifications
earning a salary. It's also great to have the expertise of colleagues around
to draw on and for me now to offer advice to the new apprentices coming through
How did you get into engineering?
I've always been interested in engineering and manufacturing, even from when I
was at school, and decided it was definitely something I wanted to do when I
the range of job opportunities out there. I left school and started an
electrical installation apprenticeship with a local engineering company, before
Mondelez International's sweets factory in Sheffield.
What did you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
The thing I loved most about my apprenticeship is how every day was different
with lots of exciting experiences on offer. As the food manufacturing industry
changing there are lots of new skills to learn and I like the challenge that
this offers. Mondelez is always looking to innovate and create new products,
meaning the machinery has to match this ambition. Our day-to-day roles are
evolving which is really exciting. It's also really fun to know that you're
responsible for making some of the country's best loved products, like Maynards
Gums and Trebor Mints.
Dawn's top tips for aspiring apprentices:
- Try to get as much information as possible about all of the opportunities
available to you before you apply
- Don't be afraid to ask your potential employer questions and make sure you know
exactly what is needed so that you can highlight your best attributes
- Look into the college or training providers. Are you going to get the right
qualification for you?
- The most important thing is to choose something that you're interested in
– this will give you the drive to study and learn successfully
- Picture your long term ambitions – where do you want to be and what steps
do you need to take to get there
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Last reviewed: 02 Sep 2015