Premier Foods

Food and Drink Engineer Maintenance Apprentice – Premier Foods

Working within a continuous improvement environment the Multi-Skilled Engineers are responsible for the maintenance, repair and performance improvement of fully automated process and packaging equipment.

Reference number: VAC1000234939


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Wage – £19,000 per annum
Duration – 42 months
Start date – 9 September 2024
Posted – 01/03/2024

Working Week:

You will be working day shifts Monday – Friday

Apprenticeship level



What will the apprentice be doing?

• Demonstrating an ability to learn and be practically capable in electrical installation, electrical maintenance, electrical testing and PLCs
• Becoming proficient in the application and use of a wide range of machine tools including turning and milling
• Carrying out planned work including preventative maintenance and calibrations
• Attending breakdown repairs
• Completing installation and improvements to plant
• Working in a safe manner adhering to Good Manufacturing Practice
• Contributing to the site Engineering team objectives of effectively reducing manufacturing downtime through maintaining equipment, improving efficiencies and working to safety and food quality standards
• Getting broad exposure to different areas of food manufacturing mechanical and electrical maintenance and improvements

Due to working hours and insurance purposes, you must be 18 or over.

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

You will be studying towards the Level 3 Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance Standard as well as supporting training and qualifications to enable you to carry out the role of Multi-Skilled Engineer for Premier Foods (academic content delivered offsite and includes residential block release). You should recieve a Diploma in food and drink engineering maintenance upon completion.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Become a fully qualified Multi-Skilled Engineer with the possibility of completing your HNC dependent on the outcome of your EPA.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

• Self-managed & self-motivated
• Good communication skills
• Ability to work alone or as part of a team
• Flexibility to work across multiple departments as and when required
• Good attention to detail
• A high level of technical ability


5 GCSE’s grade of a minimum of grade 4 (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4 (or equivalent) and Science at grade 4 (or equivalent). IT also being a preferred pass (minimum of grade 4) subject. Must be 18 years or older.

About the employer

Premier Foods

Batchelors Factory Claylands Avenue, Worksop S81 7AY
As one of the UK’s largest food producers, we’re passionate about food and believe, each and every day, we have the opportunity to enrich life for everyone. We employ over 4,000 dedicated colleagues operating from 15 sites across the country, supplying a range of retail, wholesale, foodservice and other customers with our iconic brands which feature in millions of homes every day.
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Closing date: 3 May 2024