Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture

HR Apprentice

HR Apprentice
Location: Coventry (Middlemarch Business Park)
Hours: Full Time, Monday-Friday (37.5 hours per week)
Basic Salary range £12,850 to £17,433 (national minimum wage, age dependent)
plus company benefits  
Sector: Packaging Distribution

The Company
We, the UK’s largest packaging distributor have an exciting entry-level role for someone to join our business at an apprentice, being the first step in an HR career. We are seeking to complement our Human Resources team based at our Coventry Head Office with the appointment of an apprentice to support the HR and Central Services function. We are a committed equal opportunities employer that champions ‘dignity in the workplace’. Our focus is to provide customers with fully integrated and innovative packaging solutions, augmented by outstanding customer service.

The HR Apprenticeship Role
Working at our Head office, you will report to the HR Manager, providing administration support to the wider HR team, specifically working closely with Recruitment and Central Services. Tasks & responsibilities will incorporate both a range of administrative support and direct liaison/interaction with internal colleagues & external providers. We are seeking to employ someone on an apprenticeship basis, studying for an appropriate diploma (to be determined by calibre and preference of the successful applicant). You will be keen to hone your administrative & customer service skills working within a fast-paced head office function and welcome the opportunity to gain hands on day-to-day experience of HR and recruitment processes. Whilst this is an apprentice position, there is the strong potential of a permanent offer of employment following the completion of the qualification.
HR Apprenticeship Key Duties  

  • Support recruitment administration activities, including requisition approval processes, advertising of positions, and booking in candidates
  • Ensuring all starter information is received in a timely manner, ensuring legal compliance
  • Supporting the administration of leavers, including the issuing of p45s
  • Updating documents & procedures to ensure correctly presented, as well as on the company intranet
  • Involvement in HR administration activities to support the wider team
  • Supporting payroll administration procedures
  • Maintaining HR systems and files
  • Supporting head office reception activities and duties, including switchboard support, and meeting and greeting visitors
  • Supporting covid related procedures including issuing of PPE and LFTs
  • Administration of the HR absence management platform
  • Ensuring epayslip procedures are communicated effectively to all new starters
  • Supporting management information processes and reporting requirements
  • Ad-hoc project support as and when required
  • Supporting training and development – including training records, P&D databases, and delegate communications

Do you have the correct profile?
We welcome your application if you are seeking an opportunity to join a large corporate business that can provide a structured career path and training. It would also help if a career HR or Recruitment is something that may interest you longer term. Any prior experience of these disciplines (whilst clearly a bonus) is not essential as full on the job training will be provided. We do though ask for strong computer literacy (MS Outlook & MS Word/Excel), effective communication/interpersonal skills, underpinned by strong attention to detail and a confident telephone manner. With this being an apprenticeship contract, you must be happy to commit to an 18-month learning plan. Applicants will ideally have GCSE grades Math’s & English A-C level, or in the absence of this, a willingness to sit a functional-skills exam to gain level 2 qualification in the missing subject(s).  
The Package
We provide a competitive basic starting salary along with a performance/profit linked bonus scheme and a flexible employee benefits scheme that includes: 25 days annual leave (rising to 27 days with service plus all bank holidays), additional holiday purchasing scheme, contributory pension & employee discount scheme. Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximizing every employee’s potential, by providing career development plans and pathways in an environment that fosters personal growth and continuous improvement.

Next Steps
This is an urgent appointment whereby we will be working to identify and review the very best of applicants swiftly in the hope of selecting our favored candidate to commence with us ASAP. (Please note we are holding zoom video-interviews during the pandemic). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are continuing to adhere to Government guidelines whereby a significant number of our employees are working from home for the time being. Dependent on the precise role you have applied for, it is important to note that this may be a feature of your initial employment with us until Government advice changes and the situation improves. To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant. All applications will be acknowledged, shortlisted applicants normally hearing from us within a week or two. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified at the end of our process, although if you haven’t heard from us within a fortnight of applying, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.