Business & IT Degree+

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Course Type
Higher Level Apprenticeship
Level / Qualification
Business Technology – BSc (Hons)
Course Duration
Four Years
University / College Campus
Start Date
Each September

Business & IT Degree+ Higher Level Apprenticeship

The Mannok Futures Business & IT ‘Degree+’ Programme aims to give school leavers an opportunity to excel; working across our construction industry supplies and consumer packaging divisions, you will be part of a variety of improvement projects, gaining invaluable experience working in our world-class manufacturing facilities, whilst also studying part-time with Ulster University.

Through training and development programmes, on-the-job learning, coaching and feedback, we ensure that our apprentices have the resources they need to learn, develop and thrive, gaining recognised qualifications while also earning a salary.

What does the Role Entail?

Throughout your degree, you will be supported by the dedicated staff within our Business Change Team, who will help you to build and develop the business and technical skills needed to complete your degree, and excel in your role within the business.

Working as a Technology Apprentice, you will gain experience in the following areas in line with your modules of choice;

  • Organisational Change

    Revise the way in which activities are being carried out within the business, re-evaluating the benefit and streamlining/re-engineering processes where possible to improve process flow.

  • Lean Manufacturing

    Work with cross-functional project teams to integrate new structures, processes and technologies, enhancing efficiencies and reduce end-to-end cycle times, whilst minimising waste.

  • Robotic Process Automation

    Develop and implement software robots to mimic human behaviour, allowing for the automation of repetitive tasks.

  • Project Management

    Lead cross-functional project teams to implement new technologies and systems. Become skilled in stakeholder management, documentation development alongside project scoping.

  • Application Development

    Design and develop in-house web portals and full-stack applications. Work with key stakeholders to capture requirements and create solutions to complex problems.

  • MIS Reporting

    Use SQL to develop clear and concise data reports across multiple data sources, providing management with the tools to analyse trends and make effective decisions

The Programme

As part of the degree programme, you will be enrolled in the BSc (Hons) Business Technology course through Ulster University, Belfast Campus. This part-time higher level apprenticeship is run over four years, where you will spend one day a week in Ulster University and the remaining four days putting your learnings into practice completing projects alongside the Business Change Team at Mannok.

More information on this Degree Apprenticeship Course can be found here.

The Process

  • Complete Application
  • Initial Interview
  • Practical Task
  • Offer
  • Complete Application

    Complete our online Application Form using the link below

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    *All applicants applying for vacancies in Northern Ireland are required to complete and submit the Monitoring Form section within the application.

  • Initial Interview

    If you meet the requirements criteria for Degree+, you will be invited to partake in a short interview.

  • Practical Task

    The penultimate stage of the application process is the practical task.

    This will help showcase your business acumen.

  • Offer

    After careful review, we’ll let you know whether you have been successful in securing your place.

    You will receive a conditional offer and start date, subject to meeting the entry requirements as stated by Ulster University.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get paid?

Yes – You will earn a base starting salary of £15,000 per year, with the opportunity to earn up to an additional 10% bonus. Your salary will be reviewed and incremented based on your performance throughout the programme.

Have I any fees to pay?

No – The Department of Further Education pays the full cost of the university fees based on full class attendance and successful completion and pass of all modules each semester.

How many hours am I expected to work?

Apprentices will be contracted with the business for a 5 day week. Apprentices will work in the business Monday – Thursday 8.30am to 5.30pm with paid leave on Fridays (when applicable) to attend class.

What type of work will I be doing?

On commencement of the Apprenticeship, the work activity in Mannok will, where possible, mirror the course content being delivered each semester. The activity could range from simple programming activities to business analysis and project management.

Where will I be working?

Your main place of work will be the Mannok Administration Offices located beside the main manufacturing facilities in Derrylin. Central services for the company such as IT, Marketing and Finance are located here. From time to time, site visits may be required to the manufacturing plants which are all located within a 2-mile radius of the offices.

Am I entitled to holidays?

Yes – As with any other employee, Apprentices will be entitled to 30 days annual leave per year, inclusive of bank holidays.

What happens after the 4 years?

On successful completion of the degree, Apprentices will be invited to join the graduate programme in Mannok.

What happens if I decide it’s not for me?

One of the requirements to access funding from the department of education is the successful completion of the degree programme. Failure to do this may result in all fees being paid back by the Apprentice.

What are the Entry Requirements?

Entry requirements for the course are set by Ulster University, they are as follows;

A level grades BCC OR BTEC level 3 in a relevant discipline OR Combination of A level / BTEC grades.


Applicants must have at least a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and English Language or equivalent.

What support will I receive?

Each apprentice will be assigned a dedicated mentor who will track their progress and guide them throughout the programme. You will also be supported by the members of our Business Change Team, alongside your line-manager.

  • Why Work with Mannok
  • Benefits & Rewards
  • Professional Development
  • Wellbeing
  • Why Work with Mannok

    Why Work with Mannok

    At Mannok, we value the strength, skill and ingenuity of our workforce and we're committed to continual development and investment in our people to support every employee to achieve their career goals.

    We have a diverse culture, reflected not only in our business functions, but also in our people. A career with Mannok means joining a team that puts people at its core, whether it be customers, partners or employees. We offer significant development opportunities through a wide and varied range of roles and actively seek out potential.

    Mannok is an industry leader, with over 830 employees and almost 50 years of manufacturing history, supplying quality products to some of the construction and food packaging industries’ largest organisations.

    Sustainability sits at the heart of our values, as outlined in our 2030 Vision. We have ambitious targets which will see us transform from a carbon intensive business to a more sustainable pathway. In order to achieve our sustainability goals, we will rely on the commitment and support of every employee and seek to recruit those with shared values. We have built our vision on three core pillars of People, Planet and Partners, each of which are essential to the long-term success of our organisation, ensuring we continue to make a substantial contribution to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of this region for the next and future generations.

  • Benefits & Rewards

    Benefits & Rewards

    We value our people and give recognition for personal success, drive, commitment and determination. We understand that rewards are more than pay and performance related bonuses, so we have a variety of benefits to cater for the diverse needs of our people, these benefits include:

    • Attractive performance related pay scheme with annual salary review
    • Pension scheme
    • Life Assurance scheme
    • Sponsorship for professional qualifications / study leave
    • Enhanced company sick scheme
    • 30 days annual leave, inclusive of bank holidays
    • Incremental holiday allowance increase for long-term service
    • Skills Development Programme with structured career pathways linked to salary increments, rewarding multi-skilled personnel
    • Social Club
    • Discount on company products
    • Health & Wellbeing Programme
  • Professional Development

    Continuous Professional Development

    A career with Mannok offers a range of opportunities to continue learning and professional development, both internally as part of your role, and through our numerous educational and professional development partnerships.


    We are changing how we develop, measure, and recognise levels of skills and competency in our business through the extension of our award-winning Skills Development Programme to every employee to enable all staff to become up-skilled and cross-skilled.

    The Programme will provide every employee with a structured development pathway and the necessary training materials to support their progression. Progress is linked to salary increases, ensuring our employees are financially rewarded for their skills and experience and are supported and encouraged to achieve their career goals.


    At Mannok, we enable and encourage employees to progress their careers with recognised courses and qualifications in a wide range of disciplines through our range of development partnerships with some of the country’s leading educational and professional bodies. Employees have the opportunity to gain degree level qualifications and go on to become chartered in their relevant role.

  • Wellbeing

    Wellbeing & Resilience

    Here at Mannok, we recognise the importance of looking after our employees’ mental health and wellbeing, and that our duty of care goes beyond ensuring physical safety.

    We aim to create a diverse and inclusive workplace, enhance the mental and physical wellbeing of every Mannok team member and provide support to help sustain our people and build resilience into our business systems.

    We have established a partnership with local mental health charity, AWARE, and introduced a new Mental Health Charter to outline our commitment to the mental wellbeing of our employees. We have trained mental health first aiders across our business and all managers receive mental health training.

    Activities and advice on looking after your mental wellbeing are actively promoted through our internal communication channels and we provide signposting to support services available. Our digital employee health and wellbeing portal provides access to health, fitness and mindfulness classes and multiple resources to enable a tailored wellbeing platform for every Mannok team member.