Waterside Training in partnership with AB World Foods based at Leigh has a fantastic opportunity for an apprentice to join their engineering team to support the manufacturing operations as a Multi-skilled Engineering Technician Apprentice.
AB World Foods are looking to increase their engineering capability at the Leigh facility through the training and development of an Engineering Apprentice 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 member of the Maintenance department the role will support manufacturing operations. The apprentice engineer will gain extensive experience through all of the manufacturing and engineering processes carried out at the Leigh Site.
Leigh produces a wide range of products primarily under the Pataks brand creating authentic sauces, pickles, chutney and poppadums.
Engineers work as part of a team to provide engineering support to multi-million pound plant operations, to maintain and repair equipment to improve efficiency and product quality along with carrying out fault finding diagnosis and problem solving.
As a Multi-Skilled Engineering Technician you will be involved in both Electrical and Mechanical activities assisting the engineering teams in various job roles. You will be trained in both areas assisting with preventative maintenance on electrical equipment, such as motors, control units, PLC's, sensors, instrumentation, distribution systems and switchgear and assisting with preventative maintenance on mechanical equipment, such as motors, gearboxes, pumps, bearings, chain drives to conveyor belts and systems dealing with both pneumatics and hydraulic drive systems.
The Engineering Apprentice will be targeted at the Multi Skilled Engineer role.
During your apprenticeship you will undertake a wide range of duties and training which will build on your academic qualification to develop your practical skills thereby enabling you to work competently as a Multi-Skilled Engineer.
You will assist the engineering team in complying with all H&S responsibilities, legal compliance, delivering efficiencies, continuous improvements and the routine/non-routine maintenance activities associated with all the manufacturing plant and equipment - including filling lines, frying/packaging equipment, extruder and powder handling equipment.
- Be proactive towards health and safety, work within defined Safe Systems of Work, to input into improvement of health and safety, to demonstrate the correct health and safety behaviours and report near misses and unsafe acts
- Ensure that all Health & Safety, HACCP and COSHH standards are achieved
- Ensure self and work areas conform to health & safety legislation, policies and statutory engineering standards
- To engage with the continuous improvement agenda, seek out new opportunities and take an active role in all CI activities
- Deliver planned and reactive maintenance in order to achieve engineering KPIs
- Maintain Company hygiene and statutory hygiene standards throughout designated areas, working within the principles of basic food hygiene and good housekeeping
- Attendance at college on a full time basis for the first year followed by day release leading to recognised NVQ/HNC qualifications over a three to four year period
- To become familiar with the site planned maintenance system, completing planned and predictive maintenance tasks throughout the site
- To assist engineers in any breakdowns or emergencies that may arise
- Support reactive maintenance and fault finding
As the site is a 24-hour operation, to start, you will initially work day shifts 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. moving to a number of shifts consisting of continental shift patterns of 2 nights (6pm - 6am), 2 days (6am - 6pm), 4 off. The apprentice will not be on shifts routinely but will experience what it is like to be on shift throughout the course and on completion of the apprenticeship.
You will need to be able to travel to both Waterside Training, St Helens and AB World Foods, Leigh to carry out your training.
The ideal candidate should have a genuine desire and enthusiasm for practical work in the manufacturing sector. You must have a positive attitude, willingness to learn, excellent time management, confidence, be well organised, self-motivated and committed with the desire to drive to become a first class technician.
The advertised apprentice wage will increase yearly or upon completion of progressive stages. Apprentices have fantastic future prospects within AB World Foods 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 four-year apprenticeship programme. 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. As the site is a 24-hour operation, to start, you will initially work day shifts 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. moving to a number of shifts consisting of continental shift patterns of 2 nights (6pm - 6am), 2 days (6am - 6pm), 4 off. The apprentice will not be on shifts routinely but will experience what it is like to be on shift throughout the course and on completion of the apprenticeship.
Waterside is looking for high calibre candidates who are self-motivated, reliable, proactive, enthusiastic and very well organised who can work excellently within a team who is driven to succeed and grow in a fast pace environment to join our apprenticeships to become the next highly skilled technicians of the future.
Candidates should have a keen and enthusiastic interest in practical based work and manufacturing applications such as statistics, maths and Sciences and have strong communication skills and team leadership qualities.
You should also have:
- 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 problems
- 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
- 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
Prospective candidates should have a keen and demonstrable interest in practical based work as well as having an enthusiastic approach to work and willingness to learn. Candidates must be highly self-motivated and have a flexible approach to work; possess good organisation, planning and communication along with good team working skills be able to work with others with drive to develop and progress to team leader status.
The candidate should also posses:
- 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
- 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 Engineering Apprenticeship are:
- 5 GCSE's A*-C/Level 9-5 or equivalent in English, mathematics and Science are essential along with any practical related technology subjects, such as Engineering, Design Technology, Resistant Materials, Electronics, would be desirable
- If you are taking your examinations this year, then please supply your predicted mock grades when asked in the application process
Advanced Science Industry Maintenance Technician Standard
Apprentices will complete a programme of both theoretical and practical learning over a four-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. You will receive both vocational and academic training on and off site.
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 Industries Maintenance Technician and you will continue to attend your company site for the remainder of your apprenticeship programme.
Whilst on site, dependent on the company, you may work a shift pattern involving morning, afternoon and night shifts with fixed holidays and bank holidays.
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.