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Kaizen (Innovation) Apprentice (Start date Sept 24)

Message from Kaizen

‘As part of the Kaizen team, you will have the opportunity to work cross functionally with colleagues throughout the Nissan team to use your skills, knowledge, and creativity in making vital improvements to the production environment.

From simple repairs to existing facility, to the development of new ideas, you will have the opportunity to see these brought to life, generating improvements across many aspects of the production cycle.

Apprenticeship overview:

The Kaizen apprenticeship scheme has been specially developed by Nissan in conjunction with a local college to combine theoretical and practical skills.  You’ll split your time between college and working as part of a team responsible for producing innovative solutions for our manufacturing operations.

Your first year will be spent at college full-time before the exciting work starts at our plant.    During years two and three you’ll work full-time, spending one day per week on day release at college, and four days at the plant where you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge whilst building world class experience.

Starting salary over £16,000
Nissan Sunderland
Date Listed
5 January 2023
29 February 2024
3 Years


Kaizen is a Japanese word that translated into English means “continuous improvement”. At Nissan, Kaizen refers to refining business processes to raise quality standards, cut costs, and reduce wasted time. Working within the Kaizen department, you will support key shop floor improvement activities. On this apprenticeship you’ll split your time between Nissan and a local college to learn the practical and theoretical skills you need to succeed in this innovative and fulfilling role. Our Kaizen apprenticeship is a three-year scheme, during which you’ll gain valuable insight into all aspects of automotive assembly process, including the design and manufacture of ‘Low-Cost Automation’, as well as maintenance of facilities to achieve both quality improvements and cost savings. You’ll also acquire the skills and knowledge required to work as a member of the team responsible for maintaining the facilities and automotive tooling here at Nissan.

What you’ll need

What you’ll need

Entry requirements – 4 GCSE grades or equivalent (achieved or predicted)

• Mathematics (Grade A-C or 4+)

• English Language (Grade A-C or 4+)

• One other subject (Grade A-C or 4+)

Ability to commute to and from Nissan Sunderland Plant SR5 3NS

Your application should include:

  • Your up-to-date CV; including predicted or achieved grades for ALL qualifications.

Please Note:

Communication relating to your application will be via email to the e-mail address you supplied on your application, please keep checking regularly.


If you have any questions, please contact

Closing date for applications: 11.59pm on 29th February 2024

Sunderland Tyne and Wear United Kingdom

Applicants must be 16 or over at the start of the apprenticeship. The recruitment process is carried out at Nissan Sunderland Plant SR5 3NS and you must be prepared to attend assessments as required.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and proof will be requested during the selection process.

NMUK have a zero tolerance approach to the misuse of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

We carry out pre-employment testing for the use of drugs and alcohol during the recruitment process.

Should you fail the drugs and alcohol test, your application will not be progressed, any offer will be withdrawn and you will not be employed by NMUK.

What you’ll be doing

What you’ll achieve at the end of your Apprenticeship*

This is an exciting role giving you the opportunity to ‘think outside the box’ to play your part in the continuous development of our plant.

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

*may be subject to change

What the benefits are

  • A competitive salary (increased every six months based on
  • performance) starting £16k+
  • Paid overtime and shift allowance (if applicable)
  • 26 days’ holidays per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Off-site social and team building events
  • Opportunities to take part in CSR activities
  • Progressive training and development
  • Access to our on-site sports and social complex
  • Uniform and PPE provided

Benefits at a glance...

Competitive salary (increased every six months based on performance)
Paid overtime and shift allowance (if applicable)
26 days' holiday per year (plus bank holidays)
Residential team building trip to Derwent Hill
Social and celebration events
Opportunities to take part in CSR activities
Progressive training and development
Access to our on-site sports and social complex
Uniform and PPE provided

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