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Want to change the world? Join our Graduates and Apprentices

Whether you’re straight out of education, or looking for a career re-set, you’re in the right place to begin a fulfilling role where you can make a real difference.

A better future for you and our planet starts here

We’re a global packaging company, helping to build a more sustainable world. Every year we welcome driven and exceptional individuals from all over the globe onto our Graduate Programmes and Apprenticeship Schemes in our Packaging, Paper and Recycling divisions, and our Finance, HR and IT departments too. 

If you’re accepted onto one of our schemes you’ll have great prospects, working in a thriving company and helping us lead the transition to The Circular Economy - a genuine solution to global sustainability challenges like pollution, waste, biodiversity loss and climate change. So it’s a career you’ll be proud of and happy to talk about with your family and friends when you get home! 

Meet Gina

DS Smith doesn’t just talk about sustainability – it lives and breathes it. I’ve had incredible training, with hands on experience and access to senior leadership, including the CEO! I couldn’t ask for a better start to my career.

Gina Baker
UK Operational Excellence Analyst at DS Smith

We love new ideas

Our Purpose is ‘Redefining Packaging for a Changing World’ and we can’t achieve that by standing still. That’s why we welcome new talent and energy into our business and we positively encourage fresh ideas and input. In return, we’ll give you all the support you need to succeed in your role and help us achieve our goals.

You’ll join a team where there are no egos, but where everyone pulls together for each other and the greater good. Our workforce is made up of people from across 34 countries worldwide and over a third of our senior team are women, including 37% at board level.

Quite simply our aim is to make you the very best at what you do, regardless of who you are.

Meet Jan

We’ll give you all the support you need to develop your personal and professional skills, so you can help us deliver innovative solutions that delight our customers, grow into new markets and lead the way in sustainability.

Jan Atkinson
Group Head of Talent at DS Smith

We offer our graduates and apprentices: 

  • A comprehensive induction. Exposure to various business areas and projects often delivered by senior stakeholders within our company. 
  • Training & Development. A comprehensive programme tailored to the area of our business that interests you and your personal goals.  
  • Performance reviews. Regular check-ins & feedback to ensure you’re on track to meet and exceed your potential, right up to leadership roles. 
  • An opportunity to make a difference. Above all, you’ll play your part in redefining packaging for a changing world. 

Meet Alex

I love the workplace culture. The doors are always open for help and questions welcomed. Expectations are high, but so is the level of support and I’m involved in exciting projects and learning fast. I really feel I can develop my full potential here.

Alex Gaus
Finance Graduate at DS Smith Germany