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Degree+ Programme

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Intro to Degree+

The Mannok Futures ‘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.

The Role

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

    Step 1

    Download and complete the Application Form and Medical Questionnaire below.

    Application Form Medical Questionnaire

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

    Step 2

    Please send your application form, medical questionnaire and a copy of your CV to hr@mannokbuild.com

    Alternatively, you can post your completed forms to:
    Human Resources Department
    187 Ballyconnell Road
    Derrylin, Enniskillen
    Co Fermanagh
    BT92 9GP

  • 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.