Avara Foods

Apprentice Engineer (Food and Drink Advanced Engineer Degree Apprenticeship) - Degree (Level 6)


Avara Foods

Training Provider:

Harper Adams University

Annual wage £19,000.00
40.0 hours per week Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm (flexibility to suit business needs may be required). You are released for 1 week residential block per module to study at Harper Adams University and have time off the job for specific training. Total hours per week: 40.00
duration: 60 months
start: 1 September 2020
Degree (Level 6)
Food and Drink Advanced Engineer (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
17 August 2020 (application closing date)
Not going to University, but want a degree without student debt? Our Food Engineer Degree Apprenticeship is ideal for those who want degree level study whilst gaining valuable experience at work. Successful apprentices will graduate from Harper Adams University with BEng (Honours) and have skills and experience for a rewarding career in food.


We currently have opportunities at our Hereford site to start in September 2020 to support our Chicken operations.

This Degree Apprenticeship is a full-time permanent role from day one along with a competitive starting salary. You will spend four one-week residential blocks at Harper Adams University where you will gain the theoretical knowledge of your degree. The rest of your time is spent working within our engineering function, where you will be gaining hands on practical experience and putting your new skills into practice in your day to day role also delivering work based projects.

Throughout your programme, you will follow a structured pathway of learning and development, from level 4 - 6, whilst having a community of likeminded apprentices and business mentors to support you.

Future Prospects

You will enjoy a secure, supportive and progressive working environment, where your contribution and achievements will be recognised and rewarded. We offer comprehensive training as well as development and career progression opportunities.

Reality Check

You can also look forward to several benefits including Private Healthcare, a generous pension scheme, group income protection, lifestyle benefits such as discounted shopping vouchers and cashback offers.

The Company is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

Skills Required

Excellent communication skills are essential, as is the ability to think logically and to work both independently and as part of a team. You will have a passion for technology and innovation. The ability and willingness to travel to different sites and locations is required.

Qualities Required

To be successful you will need to be enthusiastic and well-disciplined as our degree apprenticeship is heavily focused on attitude and behaviour. In addition, you will need to exhibit initiative, be reliable and conscientious.

Qualifications Required

To be eligible for the Food Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, you will need

  • 7 GCSE’s A-C (4-9) including maths and English
  • A Minimum of 96 UCAS points at A Levels ideally in Maths and a STEM subject
  • Or an equivalent BTEC/City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent qualification at D*DD grade

Applicants that do not have the correct qualifications may still meet the entry requirements based on their work experience and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. 

Training Provided

Food and Drink Advanced Engineers require core knowledge, skills and behaviours and specialist knowledge and skills for mechanical, automation and production engineering. To achieve this you will complete a BEng (Honours) Degree in Food Engineering. The course will take apprentices 5 years to complete, covering academic levels 4, 5 and 6.  In each year, 4 modules will be delivered as 4 taught one-week blocks of study at Harper Adams University, near Telford. In addition to the taught modules, apprentices will study independently 1 work-based learning module per year, with other skills training and visits in the work-place too. This work based project is agreed between Harper Adams University and Avara Foods to meet the academic and behaviour requirements and is reviewed each term. For more information visit https://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/courses/apprenticeship/201152/food-and-drink-advanced-engineer

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