Mondelez International: Dawn Woodcock - Careers case study

Dawn Woodcock is a Maintenance Engineer Apprentice at Mondelez International

  • Dawn is a third year multi-skilled maintenance engineer apprentice and works at the Mondelez International site in Sheffield
  • Dawn was always interested in engineering and manufacturing and decided it was definitely something she wanted to do when she saw the range of job opportunities out there for people with those skills
  • Dawn was part of the team that installed and commissioned the new Oreo line in Sheffield, an experience that showed her the varied backgrounds and experiences required to work in manufacturing

She said: “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 saw the range of job opportunities out there. I left school and started an electrical installation apprenticeship with a local engineering company, before moving to MondeIez International's biscuit and gum & candy factory in Sheffield.

Since joining I've been very lucky to work on a number of exciting projects. I was part of the initial team that installed and commissioned the new Oreo line in Sheffield, which was fantastic experience for me and opened up opportunities for me to work people from a variety of different roles and backgrounds – everyone from the contractors, engineers, operators, managers and department managers. It really proved to me how varied my colleagues' backgrounds and experiences were.

“The thing I love most about my role is how every day is different and there are lots of exciting experiences on offer. As the food manufacturing industry is changing there are lots of new skills to learn and I like the challenge that this offers. MondeIez is always looking to innovate and create new products, meaning the machinery has to match this ambition. Our day-to-day roles are always 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 Oreos and Trebor Mints.

“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 in engineering and manufacturing I can happily confirm that it's quite the opposite! 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!“

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Last reviewed: 22 Jun 2014