Early careers

At DS Smith applications from recent graduates, MBA students and those interested in apprenticeships are welcomed.


We currently have a number of graduate schemes at DS Smith, for more information, please click on the links below. 

Packaging Graduate Programme

Packaging Graduate Programme

The DS Smith Graduate Management Programme is a 2-year programme that commences in September/ October each year.

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Paper & Recycling Graduate Programme

Paper & Recycling Graduate Programme

We are committed to sourcing and developing talents across all levels of the organisation, who we see as our leaders of the future.

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Design Graduate Programme

Design Graduate Programme

The DS Smith Design Graduate Scheme offers a structured 2 year programme with full CAD system training. 

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If you wish to contact our recruitment team regarding graduate programmes, please send an email to graduatejobs@dssmith.com


 You can apply to be an apprentice to DS Smith and to develop your skills and gain a nationally recognised Qualification or QCF.

Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) recognises qualifications and units by awarding credits. It replaced NVQ courses in September 2011. 

Benefits of a QCF Course:

  • Easier to move up the career ladder – By undertaking a QCF course, you can gain the appropriate skills that are highly valued as QCF courses have nationally recognised accreditation.
  • Flexibility – A QCF course is flexible and easy to complete. Studying for a QCF qualification allows you to be flexible as it can fit around your daily life commitments as well as your work life.
  • You won’t be learning the same thing over and over again – The unit system of a QCF course is great because when you’ve completed a unit once, then that means that it’s completely done. You can also transfer your credits over.
  • A QCF qualification makes it easier for you to develop and improve upon existing and new skills. The learning that you do on a QCF course will make you perform your best in your job!

Alliance for YOUth

We are also proud sponsors of The “Alliance for YOUth”, a business-driven initiative set up to tackle youth unemployability in Europe, one of the most dramatic social consequences of the economic crisis.