Hovis Limited

Apprentice Engineer – Hovis Limited

Hovis is an established and well-recognised brand, with over 130 years of experience, our workforce uses technically automated equipment to manufacture a wide range of bread and flour-based products for consumers. Duties include, conduct planned maintenance, including testing, fault finding, repairing and manufacturing or replacing component parts.

Reference number: VAC1000225532


Female engineering student stood in front of manufacturing machinery
Wage – £22,400 per year
Duration – 42 months
Start date – 26 August 2024
Posted – 26/01/2024

Working Week:

Monday – Friday, shifts to be confirmed. 37.5 hoursa week

Apprenticeship level




What will the apprentice be doing?

Engineers have an important effect on the performance and success of our manufacturing capability and therefore, the apprentices of today can become our stars of the future.

Though starting and spending the majority of your time at a base site, this is a national apprenticeship, and you will be studying and training in a group with other apprentices. You will be covering various aspects of Engineering and will have the opportunity to gain an Apprenticeship Standard level 3 qualification and a level 3 Diploma in Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance.

It is our intention you will be visiting other manufacturing sites across the UK from time to time and developing both the technical, professional and behavioural skills needed to be successful.

In this job, you will learn the skills and techniques to be able to…

  • Plan and prepare for maintenance work
  • Conduct planned maintenance including testing, fault finding, repairing and manufacturing or replacing component parts
  • Conduct predictive maintenance
  • Respond to breakdowns, conduct reactive maintenance and perform corrective actions
  • Understand the basics of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and integration into fault finding
  • Lead and support operational teams with machinery changeovers, setups, the removal of decommissioned equipment and contribute to the installation and commission of new equipment
  • Contribute to continuous improvement projects
  • Maintain engineering documentation
  • Ensure the availability and performance of equipment
  • Contribute to internal and external audits
  • Support and communicate with operational team members

Hovis will provide a structured, focused and professional work environment. Our carefully selected college providers have specialist training facilities for process manufacturing industries and share our passion for quality delivery.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • You will study 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.

The typical duration of college attendance in previous years is shown below:

  • Year 1 – 20 weeks
  • Year 2 – 10 weeks
  • Year 3 – 10 weeks
  • Year 4 – 8 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?

  • Once our apprentices have completed their Apprenticeship standard, subject to vacancies at the time, there will be an opportunity to apply for further employment

Things to consider

The successful candidate will be 18 years or over before September 2024 (due to Health and Safety considerations)

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills
IT skills
Problem solving skills
Team working
Interest in Engineering
Passionate about development


GCSE or equivalent English and 3 other subjects (Grade 4 or above) essential GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5 or above) essential

About the employer

Hovis Limited

Hovis Gain Lane Bradford BD3 7DX
Welcome to Hovis. We are the proud guardians of over 130 years of baking experience that make up our iconic and much-loved brand. We produce bread and bakery products created with Hovis goodness at the heart of each. We deliver millions of loaves, every day of the week throughout the UK and Ireland, where we also make Mothers Pride and Ormo products. We are 2,800 people working within 8 bakeries, 1 flour mill, and 2 regional distribution centres across the UK. Our success is a result of the hard work of our people; they are experts in their field whether it’s baking, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, or the many departments within the central functions team based in our head office in High Wycombe. We are a values-led business and expect our colleagues to live, breathe, and embed Quality, Accountability, and Trust into their ways of working. Hovis Apprenticeships in Engineering – We are hiring! At Hovis, we understand the importance of looking after our colleagues, so we provide a variety of benefits in addition to their salaries. The benefits we provide at Hovis are as varied as the people who receive them but they are offered with the intention of creating value to them personally over and above their salaries There is a range of colleague benefits available, which individuals can select based on their needs.

Closing date: 3 March 2024