Waterside Training in partnership with AB World Foods based at Leigh has six fantastic opportunities for apprentices to join their production team to support the manufacturing operations as Manufacturing Technician Apprentices.
AB World Foods are looking to increase their manufacturing capability at the Leigh facility through the training and development of Manufacturing Apprentices who will play a key role in supporting our ambitious growth plans. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a business which is a great place to work, grow and develop.
AB World Foods are a UK producer and global distributor of ethnic foods, dealing with all the major multiples. As a flavour producer we produce Indian sauces, pastes and pappadums in a modern, high speed and high volume facility utilising cutting edge technologies.
As a Manufacturing Technician you will cover technician roles within the Paste, Pappadum and Sauce teams with the aim to understand and gain experience in each of the core roles of Sauce/Paste Batching Technician, Sauce Filling Technician, Pappadum Extrusion Technician within the factory.
Leigh produces a wide range of products primarily under the Pataks brand creating authentic sauces, pickles, chutney and pappadums.
The three-year manufacturing apprenticeship will initially cover broad based training in Electrical and Mechanical skills at Waterside Training in St Helens with years 2/3 working on plant at Leigh alongside qualified technicians tackling “real life” activities whilst continuing to attend college day release up to HNC whilst following a Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician Standard.
The apprenticeship will be targeted at the Manufacturing Technician role, reporting to the Team Leaders, the aim will be for the apprentice to understand each of the core roles and also gain experience of the support roles within the factory and the Paste, Pappadum and Sauce teams.
The role of Technician is responsible for operating key pieces of equipment on the line such as:
- Operating the start up process and understanding the key principles of operation from start up of the manufacturing to continuous improvement process in line with Standard Operating Procedures
- Carrying out product changeovers in either Paste, Pappadum and Sauce teams
- Operation of the shut down and completion of the manufacturing batch process
- Completion of regular quality and process control checks of the manufacturing batch within the Paste, Pappadum and Sauce teams
- Understand and follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the work environment, operating in a safe way, managing risks and personal responsibility
- Completing the relevant paperwork and documentation in line with quality and process control checks and reporting to managerial teams
- Control and monitor process, plant and/or plan equipment effectively, efficiently and securely to resolve problems or correct abnomral conditions contributing to continuous improvement agenda
- All tasks must be completed in a manner to achieve the safe, hygienic, efficient and best-cost manufacture of all designated products to the required quality, specification and quantity being proactive towards Health & Safety within the Safe System of Work
- Engagement with our continuous improvement agenda working within our quality parameters to ensure good quality output carrying out analytical tests during production and make any necessary adjustments to machine settings or products to meet agreed quality standard
- General responsibilities will cover being proactive to Health and Safety working within defined safe systems of work, improving health and safety and demonstrating the correct behaviours and report unsafe acts
- You will engage with the continuous improvement agenda seeking out new opportunities to take an active role in all CI activities working to set standards in a FMCG facility to control and set machinery
- You will work towards total Quality Assurance by ensuring all hygiene tasks are carried out and maintained in a clean and tidy state, proactively report pest control issues and manage process quality parameters to ensure good quality output
- Be flexible to move across departments to understand key pieces of process plant and equipment
- The advertised Apprentice wage will increase yearly or upon completion of progressive stages. Apprentices have fantastic future prospects within ABWF and the wider ABF group. Possibility of progressing onto a Level 4 qualification (or further) subject to agreed performance criteria. After qualifying you could go on to supervisory roles or senior management
- This would be a three-year apprenticeship programme. This programme may contain a shift pattern in the latter stages of your apprenticeship involving morning, afternoon and evening shifts. Site Hours; will vary dependant on the company shift patterns. Waterside Training Hours; 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Year 1 will be based at Waterside, St Helens, with years 2 and 3 at AB World Foods. You will need to be able to travel to both Waterside and your site base to carry out specific off the job and on the job training
- Good PC skills and be able to operate the Microsoft Work Suite such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint
- A methodical approach to work who is committed, patient and consistent.
- good practical skills and aptitude with an enquiring mind and enjoys finding out how things work
- An ability to pay close attention to detail who completes tasks in a timely and accurate fashion
- The ability to follow technical drawings and instructions who can understand and relate the theory to practice
- Excellent time management skills who is reliable and able to meet deadlines
- Good problem solving skills who is inquisitive and thinks creatively to find solutions to problem
- Able to demonstrate a clear interest to work in the manufacturing sector
- An understanding of safety rules and regulations – be able to work safely and use own initiative
- A willingness to learn and develop, being committed to personal and professional development
- Complete professional qualifications and undertake training. Actively ask questions and is open to feedback
- Can recognise gaps in their performance and owns their development plan
- An ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team, be supportive towards colleagues internally and externally
- Engages a team in completing a task
- Good communication skills who is a confident communicator with the ability to integrate within established teams
- Able to produce quality written reports that are clear and concise
- A high level of flexibility who is happy with having a flexible workload and is able to adapt to the changing needs of the business
- Highly motivated with a passionate nature for how things work who is enthusiastic and is willing to go the extra mile to success and met challenges
Entry requirements for this Manufacturing Apprenticeship are:
- 5 GCSE's A*-C or Level 9-5 in English, Mathematics and Science are essential along with any practical related technology subjects, such as Manufacturing, Statistics, Engineering, Design Technology, Resistant Materials would be desirable
- If you are taking your examinations this year, then please supply your predicted mock grades when asked in the application process
Science Manufacturing Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:
- Apprentices will complete a programme of both theoretical and practical learning over a three-year period. Initially, based at Waterside Training undertaking broad based training during year 1 in Electrical and Mechanical techniques before moving to a programme of working on site for a global organisation with experienced production technician's tackling “real life” activities as a Manufacturing Technician focussing on Manufacturing activities.You will receive both vocational and academic training on and off site
- To be a Manufacturing Technician you need to have a good understanding of Engineering techniques to be able to resolve problems with machinery and or production processes, therefore, your acacemic aspects are related to Mechanical and Manufacturing topics
- During the first year from September 21 to July 22 you will develop your skills and knowledge by attending Waterside Training Limited on a block release basis to carry out foundation training in Electrical and Mechanical techniques working from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with one day spent at St Helens College, Technology Campus, St Helens to attend your academic training day from 9:00 a.m. to 6/7:00 p.m
- Your academic training will run over the first two years from September 21 to July 23 on City & Guilds Diploma in Engineering. Additional training will also be completed during your apprenticeship to cover the requirements of the programme such as Health & Safety Training, Lean Manufacturing and or specific training as advised by the company
- From July 22, you will commence your full site based training with AB World Foods based at Leigh spending 4 days per week with day release to continue your academic training throughout years 2 and 3. Your site based work will follow the Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician and you will continue to attend your company site for the remainder of your apprenticeship programme
- Waterside will assign you a mentor/assessor to guide you through the apprenticeship and carry out six weekly reviews along with guiding you through your standards through portfolio building, technical discussions, observations to check competency levels prior to embarking on the End Point Assessment