Fox's Biscuits Limited

Apprentice Maintenance Engineer – Fox’s Biscuits Limited

To undertake a Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Programme as an Apprentice Engineer, leading to a nationally recognised qualification and accreditation. The apprentices duties will include both preventative and emergency maintenance on machines and equipment.

Reference number: VAC1000137577


Close up of machinery being maintained
Wage – £13,845 per annum
Duration – 48 months
Start date – 28 August 2023
Posted – 24/02/2023

Working Week:

Monday to Friday (shifts to be confirmed). Total hours per week: 37.5 hours a week.

Apprenticeship level




What will the apprentice be doing?

The role is that of a Multi-Skilled Engineering Apprentice within the site’s engineering team, covering both electrical and mechanical disciplines. With the ever-increasing demands of new technologies arriving on-site, coupled with the challenges of maximising availability and output from 70+ years old kit, the need for technical expertise, both electrical and mechanical, across a 24/7 shift pattern is essential in supporting the site’s operational needs.

The Engineering Apprentice will work closely with Shift Engineers, Engineering Team Leaders and Engineering Managers, as well as interacting daily with operations colleagues such as Line Captains, Operators and QA Technologists.

Duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • Preventative maintenance on machines and equipment
  • Responding to emergency machine break downs
  • Overhaul and repair of machines and equipment
  • Ensuring machines and equipment on site are safe, working efficiently and fit for purpose

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 is delivered by “block release”.

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?

Employment as a shift engineer, line leader or manager.

Things to consider

The initial shift pattern will be Monday-Friday, but may require shift work as your knowledge and experience grows. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit:

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

IT skills
Team working
Interest in Engineering
Aptitude for engineering
Practically minded
Highly motivated
Ability to self-manage
Ability to prioritise


GCSE or equivalent English, maths and science (Grade 4 or above) essential.

About the employer

Fox's Biscuits Limited

A leading food manufacturing company based in Batley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Closing date: 03 April 2023