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Hi my name is Sam and I have recently joined British Sugar on the Shift Performance Manager Graduate Scheme. Choosing to start my career with British Sugar was an easy decision as the scheme provides a platform where I will be encouraged to take on early responsibility. The innovative methods of turning waste streams into a diverse range of products and the efficient use of energy through combined heat and power was another major factor in my decision to join the company.

I am currently in the first year of the graduate scheme based at the Bury St. Edmunds factory in Suffolk. The first year of the scheme involves learning the different stages of the sugar manufacturing process through modular learning. It is expected that knowledge should be gained through both theoretical and ‘on the job’ learning. Module days are also provided to supplement the self-directed learning of the sugar manufacturing process.

The first week with the company consisted of a welcome week in Peterborough. Throughout the week various stakeholders, including the Managing Director, came and gave presentations about the company providing a rounded introduction to British Sugar and the parent company, Associated British Foods. It also gave the graduates an opportunity to get to know each other and allowed us to form a network to share information and experiences.

The highlight of my time so far has been the start-up of the factory, providing excellent learning opportunities at the various challenges that can arise and how they are overcome. Throughout the start-up, I was exposed to the fast-paced nature of the business and it has showed me how exciting and challenging a career with British Sugar is going to be.