What will the apprentice be doing?
The Level 3 Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance apprenticeship programme lasts four years, and mixes block release at Kirklees College (Huddersfield), with on the job work experience within the engineering department at New York Bakery in Swinton, Mexborough, part of the Grupo Bimbo organisation which is the largest Bakery product manufacturer in the world.
If successful at the end of the program you will have the following knowledge, skills and understanding to be a Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer:
- Food Processing/Manufacturing and Product Knowledge (to meet company requirements e.g., Dairy/Confectionary/Meat Processing)
- Legislation and regulations in the food and drink industry, including understanding of; Food Safety, Health and Safety, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), Threat Assessment Critical Control Point (TACCP) and Vulnerability Assessment Critical Control Point (VACCP)
- Basic principles of sustainability and environmental legislation
The impact of customer requirements and demands on the food chain
- The key principles of cleaning and hygiene processes cover both Cleaning in Place (CIP) and cleaning out of place systems
- The key principles of quality management systems and processes
- The key principles of Continuous Improvement (CI) Management
Materials science, including the key features of raw materials, their own uses in foods production and types of equipment used to process them
- Types of best practice maintenance approaches and techniques in the food and drink industry
- The principles of fault finding
- The operation of mechanical equipment in the food and drink industry
- How to produce replacement components
- The function of fluid power systems
- The operation of heat exchange equipment
- The principles of cutting and welding in the food and drink industry
- Principles of electrical systems, including their uses, safety, and legislation
- Services and utilities knowledge, including the importance and importance of energy management and pollution control in food production
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
You will study towards a Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship Standard at Kirklees College.
The college element of this Apprenticeship has typically been on “block release”, so there has been the expectation to work and study away from home.
When required, accommodation and travel will be organised, but we need you to have a mature outlook, be mobile, and be “up” for the challenge of managing yourself and your studies both if away from home, and when at your site/working remotely.
Typical College attendance:
The typical duration of college attendance in previous years is shown below.
Year 1 = 22 weeks, Year 2 = 10 weeks, Year 3 = 10 weeks, Year 4 = 4 weeks.
This is a 4-year programme.
The final year will involve completion of a portfolio and preparation for End Point Assessment (EPA). This measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the standard and is carried out by ESFA approved organisations independent from the college.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
- Following completion of the apprenticeship the applicant will be expected to take up a position as a shift based multi skilled engineer
- Following further development, possibilities exist in various maintenance supervision and management positions, manufacturing, and Project management
Things to consider
Throughout, and on completion of training one or more of the following shift patterns will be worked: Mondays to Fridays 37.5 hrs earlies/lates or days Continentals – 12 hrs. two days two nights four off. Good level of health and physically fit with potential working at height and confined space activity. Applicants must be 18 or above in order to apply due to the time spent living away from home whilst studying at college. Accommodation will be arranged and paid for.