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Apprentices Live Essity

A live Q&A with Tom Hardman, a controller apprentice at Essity.

“My role at Essity requires me to assist the site financial controller with all matters relating to the movement of finances within the site and externally. I assist in preparation of annual budgets and creating non-financial KPI’s for the production teams. I assist with month end processes and help track spending by operations on a weekly basis.”

Details of apprenticeships at Essity:-

4 year apprenticeships with the first year spent full time at college and the remaining three years are based on day-release. They initially work to the new UK standard of MOET (Maintenance Operation Engineering Technician, and then these apprenticeships are then supported beyond this level up to HNC level.

  • Multi-skilled Engineering apprenticeships
  • Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering apprenticeships
  • Mechanical Engineering apprenticeships



3 year apprenticeships. These vary between day release at college for papermaking, and specific long distance learning/external courses for the other two)

  • Papermaking apprenticeship – following the new UK standard, including a Level 3 qualification in Papermaking (but also covers Level 2 PEO and level 2 BIT)
  • Controlling (finance) apprenticeship (minimum 2 years) – CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (CBA) qualification and be able to progress to full chartered status with CIMA
  • Safety, quality and environmental apprenticeship (their course is dependent on if they specialise in Safety or environmental after the first year, but generally meet level 3 qualification in specialised field)


2 year apprenticeships (based on day release with training provider)

  • Converting Operator apprenticeship – covers PEO level 2

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