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Overview

Ardagh's goal is to attract and retain the most talented individuals for the right jobs, who can put their skills and experience to use immediately and who can be trained and developed in many instances as part of a long-term strategy.

Ardagh Group is a unique business and a career within the organisation will be both challenging and rewarding for the right candidate. As a constantly evolving company there are opportunities across all functions and disciplines and in many countries across the globe.

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Our Values

At the heart of what we do are our Core Values of Trust, Teamwork and Excellence. They provide purpose and a framework for decision making, help define our unique business culture and act as a guide for interaction with others. These guiding principles are woven into the fabric of our business across the globe and support our 'one brandone vision' philosophy that guides the continuous development of Ardagh Group.

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Trust

The will and ability to work with others in a way that creates an open and honest environment

By building awareness of each other's strengths and abilities and building a listening culture. Trust is earned by the way we behave towards each other.

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Teamwork

Through personal behaviours engage individuals to operate as effective teams

Teamwork makes us better at what we do, and improves how we do it. It is about collaborating and sharing responsibility to support business objectives.

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Excellence

Constantly striving to improve ourselves and the business

Opportunities for personal development and involvement in business improvement projects are at the heart of achieving excellence. Those who strive for excellence within our company can create opportunities to further their careers.

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Rewarding Careers

Ardagh currently employs more than 20,000 people across 24 countries, working in diverse roles across the business delivering our vision, values and commitment to innovation.

We recognise that employees are seeking rewarding careers. In support of this, we identify opportunities for progression within the business through succession planning and career development paths.

These opportunities are multiplying in line with our growth and ultimately we hope to help people discover their true potential through Training and Development programmes.

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Discovering Potential

Ardagh's strategy is to see people reach their full potential. A key element of this strategy is to have a sustainable workforce that grows with the business and is constantly striving to remain at the forefront of their specialisation. Our focus is to create programmes, including: International Traineeship, Leadership and Management Development, and Technical Training initiatives.

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International Traineeship

If you have global ambition, we're always looking for adventurous, proactive, ambitious and dynamic employees.

To be a successful business we need to constantly evolve, through continual improvement, innovation, and by seeking ‘new' ways of doing ‘old' things. That is why we invest in an International Management Trainee Programme. If you're a fresh-thinker who thrives on change with the desire to lead and manage others, find out more about how this opportunity could be right for you by clicking the link below.

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Leadership Development

Ardagh has partnered with the prestigious Leadership Trust to develop a series of programmes that build the experience of employees through experiential training. Understanding yourself and others is a key element and allows each individual to develop their own unique leadership style.

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Management Development

We recognise that good managers are essential to our success. An effective manager is inspiring and creates an environment where staff are engaged and committed.

Experienced professionals teach the tools and techniques of management so employees have the opportunity to learn from those who practise these skills every day.

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Technical Training

To lead in industry, Ardagh needs people who can ensure we operate effectively and efficiently. Ardagh provides opportunities to develop these specialist skills within our business.

Using classroom training, e-learning, specialist training and virtual classrooms we are constantly evolving our learning and delivery approach.

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About the IMTP

Now in its third year, the Ardagh Group International Management Trainee Programme is a unique opportunity for fresh-thinkers with the desire to lead and manage others.

Trainees spend 24 months working in both our Glass and Metal divisions, in various departments and functions of the business across numerous different countries. The IMTP is a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain international experience and develop a broad range of skills while working for a global company.

Please note, applications for the 2014 IMTP are now closed.

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Meet our current trainees

AnnaLinnéa Gosman
AnnaLinnéa Gosman

Jorge Rodriguez
Jorge Rodriguez

Onne Sypkens
Onne Sypkens

René Pavez Flores
René Pavez Flores

AnnaLinnéa Gosman

AnnaLinnéa Gosman

Intake Year: 2013

Languages: Swedish, English, Dutch

Home Country: Sweden

Current Programme Location: Irvine, Scotland

Previous Programme Location: Limmared, Sweden

Advice for prospective applicants: Learn as much as possible! Never be afraid to ask questions or to speak your mind, and remember that you can learn from everyone – on all levels in the organization. If you apply for this type of job, you have to be ready to work close to production, to live in remote locations, and to be able and willing to move between countries. It’s not for everyone, but if you like a challenge and new surroundings it will most likely be a rewarding experience.

Jorge Rodriguez

Jorge Rodriguez

Intake Year: 2013

Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese (intermediate), Italian (learning)

Home Country: Spain

Current Programme Location: Montecchio Emilia, Italy

Previous Programme Locations: Norwich, UK

Top Tip: Be ready to travel and to commit, be ready to ask lots of questions and especially to listen. You will certainly have fun with this programme so just go for it!

 

Onne Sypkens

Onne Sypkens

Intake Year: 2013

Languages: Dutch, English, German, Italian (basic)

Home Country: Netherlands

Current Programme Location: Dongen, Netherlands

Top Tip: Enjoy and be yourself!

René Pavez Flores

René Pavez Flores

Intake Year: 2013

Languages: Swedish, Spanish, English, French (Advanced beginner level)

Home Country: Sweden

Current Programme Location: Roye, France

Previous Programme Locations: Pontevedra, Spain

Top Tip: You have to develop yourself as a motivator as you will be working with shop floor workers that in many plants aren’t used to working in projects. You will need to be willing to learn new languages and adapt to new working cultures which is an exciting aspect of the programme.

 

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Meet our current trainees

Tom de Leeuw
Tom de Leeuw

Alan Shubotham
Alan Shubotham

James Byrne
James Byrne

Tom de Leeuw

Tom de Leeuw

Intake Year: 2013

Languages: Dutch, English, Spanish, German

Home Country: The Netherlands

Current Programme Location: Vaja, Hungary.

Previous Programme Location: Deventer, Netherlands

Top Tip: Be curious and questioning. You meet a lot of people who know a lot, so make use of that. Don’t be rushed – take the time to get yourself informed.

Alan Shubotham

Alan Shubotham

Intake Year: 2012

Home Country: Ireland

Current Programme Location: Erftstadt, Germany

Previous Programme Location: Knottingley, UK

Advice for prospective applicants? You will need to be flexible and have the ability to adapt to change. If you don’t want to travel and live away from home, then this is probably not the job for you. Showing you can listen and take other people’s opinions on board, I have recently discovered, will make being a management trainee a very rewarding experience indeed.

Three words to describe the IMTP experience: Challenging, Fun, Varied

James Byrne

James Byrne

Intake Year: 2012

Home Country: Ireland

Current Programme Location: Sutton, UK

Previous Programme Locations:
Erftstadt, Germany
Paris, France
Germersheim, Germany

Advice for prospective applicants: The International Management Traineeship offers candidates a great opportunity to develop within a company that supports ambitious and flexible people. In a short period of time I have been exposed to both Glass and Metal businesses, visited numerous plants and worked on a global project that involves extensive travel. The days can be long and the position requires flexibility but the sense of accomplishment and exposure within a global organisation make this programme a unique opportunity.

Three words to describe the IMTP experience: Exciting, Challenging, Diverse

 

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Meet our current trainees

Jasper de Vries
Jasper de Vries

John O'Brien
John O'Brien

Orla Bourke
Orla Bourke

Jasper de Vries

Jasper de Vries

Intake Year: 2012

Home Country: Netherlands

Current Programme Location: Hoogeveen, Netherlands

Previous Programme Locations:
Moerdijk, Netherlands
Dongen, Netherlands
Nienburg, Germany

Advice for prospective applicants: If you like challenges and adventures in a mass production environment enrol for the programme and you won’t regret it!

Three words to describe the IMTP experience: Learning, Leadership, Opportunities

Wouter Sijssens

John O’Brien

Intake Year: 2012

Home Country: Ireland

Current Programme Location: Sutton, UK *

Previous Programme Locations: Sutton, UK

Advice for prospective applicants: The programme offers great opportunities in a working environment that is truly dynamic, surprisingly fun and often challenging. However, there are sacrifices made in being away from family and friends and it requires a resolute character to adapt to this lifestyle. In addition, the work involves challenging people’s perspectives which will often lead to knocks and set-backs and a person applying for this role must be able to deal with this, understand it and move forward. Ultimately, I advise anyone applying for this programme to have fun with it, be willing to commit and be prepared to work hard but in a very rewarding way.

Three words to describe the IMTP experience: Challenging, Dynamic, Satisfying

*John was offered a full time position within Ardagh Group as 3 Piece Department Manager in June 2013.

Orla Bourke

Orla Bourke

Intake Year: 2012

Home Country: Ireland

Current Programme Location: Norwich, UK*

Previous Programme Locations:
Knottingley, UK
Dongen, Netherlands

Advice for prospective applicants: You can either spend your life leading, or being led. If you see yourself as a leader, this is certainly the right programme for you. You need to have an open mind, be flexible and prepared to travel extensively, integrate easily into new cultures and be ready to ask lots and lots of questions.

Three words to describe the IMTP experience: Educational, Empowering, Intensive

*Orla was offered a full time Group HR Data Management and Reporting position within Ardagh Group in May 2014.

 

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Meet our current trainees

Patryk Grzempa
Patryk Grzempa

Sergio Tornello
Sergio Tornello

Wouter Sijssens
Wouter Sijssens

Patryk Grzempa

Patryk Grzempa

Intake Year: 2012

Home Country: Poland

Current Programme Location: Gostyń, Poland

Previous Programme Locations:
Limmared, Sweden
Sutton, UK
Reno/Roanoke/Pittsburgh, USA

Advice for prospective applicants: Don’t be afraid. Don’t think that you can’t join this program. If you want it, go for it! If you never try, you will never know…

Three words to describe the IMTP experience: Trust, Teamwork, Knowledge

Sergio Tornello

Sergio Tornello

Intake Year: 2012

Home Country: Italy

Current Programme Location: Incisa Scapaccino, Italy

Previous Programme Locations:
Montecchio Emilia, Italy
Deventer, Netherlands
Roye, France

Advice for prospective applicants: Undergoing a 2 year programme abroad is a real challenge. There are some sacrifices that must be made on a personal level. A person should feel ready for this and reflect on the changes it may bring to their life. The programme can be hard and you should apply if you’re ready for the commitment and feel really excited by it.

Three words to describe the IMTP experience: Challenge, Culture, Empathy

Wouter Sijssens

Wouter Sijssens

Intake Year: 2012

Home Country: Netherlands

Current Programme Location: Holmegaard, Denmark

Previous Programme Locations:
Deventer, Netherlands
Paris, France
Tampa, USA
Skrivany, Czech Republic

Advice for prospective applicants: This programme can be a wonderful experience for anyone, so don’t hesitate to apply for it.

Three words to describe the IMTP experience: Demanding, Challenging, Fulfilling

 

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