Dairy Crest Ltd

Multi-Skilled Engineering Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Dairy Crest Ltd (Employer)

Midland Group Training Services Limited (Training Provider)

Annual wage £17,250.00
40.0 hours per week Monday - Friday - 09:00 - 17:30
4 years (duration)
1 August 2021(start date)
Food and drink maintenance engineer (apprenticeship standard)
12 March 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Saputo Dairy UK, a leading British food ingredients company, making market-leading brands including Cathedral City & Clover are recruiting for Engineering Apprentices. If you're self-motivated, interested in Engineering & the Dairy Industry and willing to live at college for some parts of the year, then this is an ideal opportunity for you.


A four-year academic and on the job apprenticeship to achieve the Food and Drink Multi-skilled Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship level 3.

This apprenticeship also consists of:

  • City and Guilds Level 3 Maintenance Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical)
  • BS7671 18th Edition Wiring Regulations
  • Award in Food Safety level 3, and Principles of HACCP based Food Safety level 2
  • Included in the 4 years is residential engineering training at college, 20 weeks in year 1, 16 weeks in year 2, and 10 weeks in year 3. The fourth year is spent consolidating learning and preparing for the End Point Assessment
  • Access at our affiliated college to the latest technology in a purpose-built training facility equipped with the very latest machinery, dairy technology and software control systems
  • Potential to study to a higher level e.g. HNC or Degree on successful completion

Future Prospects

What happens after you complete the Apprenticeship?

On successful completion of the four year apprenticeship, you will be offered the opportunity to apply for a role in the local engineering team or any other role in the company. Typically our apprentices will move into the shift engineering teams or day shift maintenance teams. In these roles' engineers have accountability for maintaining and improving a whole range of our production lines and processes with real accountability for driving efficiency and reliability of our assets/machines. They work with mechanical and electrical equipment plus automated programmable control systems. Our engineers need to maximise the benefits of the technology and equipment they work with and activities include routine maintenance, fault finding and diagnosis, testing and commissioning. Our engineers must also ensure that maintenance activities contribute to optimizing food and drink production levels.

Reality Check

Studying for the apprenticeship includes 20 weeks in year 1, 16 weeks in the second year, and 10 weeks in the third year - you therefore must be prepared to live away from home during the residential element at college. We pay for your accommodation and food during this time, and travel to and from college. The fourth year is spent consolidating learning and preparing for the End Point Assessment.

Skills Required

  • Good communication skills - verbal & written
  • Computer literate
  • Good sense of team work

Qualities Required

  • Ideal students will be motivated with a keen interest in engineering and the food industry, inquisitive and willing to learn
  • A level of maturity to deal with balancing college life with work life
  • Overall they must be prepared to commit to a 4 year period of study and a lot of hard work!

Qualifications Required

  • Three GCSEs to include maths (higher) at grade 6/B, equivalent or above and English grade 5/C, equivalent or above
  • One A level or equivalent, would be desirable but not essential

Training Provided

  • Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship at level 3, with end point assessment of skills/knowledge
  • Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance at level 3
  • Award in Food Safety and HACCP at level 2
  • Integrated technical study and work-based learning
  • Additional modules specific to the dairy and food industry
  • Focus on skills in innovation, influencing, leadership and motivation
  • On completion of your apprenticeship you will qualify for membership to the Institute of Technical Engineers
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