A four- year academic and on the job apprenticeship to achieve the Food and Drink Multi-skilled Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship level 3.  This apprenticeship also consists of:

  • OAL Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance
  • Included in the 4 years is residential engineering training at the Training Provider in Redditch, 20 weeks in year one, 14 weeks in the second year, and 6 weeks in the third year.  The fourth year is spent consolidating learning and preparing for the End Point Assessment
  • Access at our affiliated Training Provider to the latest technology in a purpose-built training facility equipped with the very latest machinery and process control systems
  • Potential to study to a higher level e.g. HNC or Degree on successful completion

What happens after you complete the apprenticeship?
On successful completion, typically our apprentices will move in to the shift engineering teams.  

As part of the engineering team you will be responsible for maintaining and improving the performance of all plant and equipment to achieve maximum machine availability targets. Through both planned preventative maintenance and reactive breakdown repairs you will work to minimise disruption to production targets, whilst ensuring that all equipment adheres to relevant legislation and so that a safe working environment is maintained at all times for yourself and other colleagues.


  • A keen interest in developing a career within Engineering and the food industry
  • The determination to commit to a 4 year period of study and hard work


  • No tuition fees or student loans to payback after graduation
  • A laptop during the apprenticeship
  • Paid  accommodation
  • An on-site mentor as well as graduated apprentices to support you
  • Integrated technical study and work based learning
  • On completion of your apprenticeship you will qualify for membership to the Institute of Technical Engineers

Entry Requirements

  • 3 GCSEs to include Maths and English Language at grades 5/C and above or equivalent
  • One A level or equivalent vocational qualification would be desirable but not essential
  • Due to the nature of the job applicants must be aged 18 or older

Training to be Provided

  • Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship at level 3, with end point assessment of skills/knowledge
  • OAL Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance
  • Integrated technical study and work based learning
  • Additional modules specific to the food industry
  • Focus on skills in innovation, influencing, leadership and motivation
  • On completion of your apprenticeship you will qualify for membership to the Institute of Technical Engineers

Things to Consider

The working environment within the site can be noisy with extremes of temperature and the work involves heavy lifting and manual handling, but don’t be put off, we provide all of the necessary protective equipment and our teams pride themselves in their standards of health and safety.

Future prospects

Year 1 apprentice salary - £13,312/year

Year 2 apprentice salary - £22,757/year

Salary increases will continue in year 3 and 4 as you progress through the program.

On successful completion of the four year apprenticeship, you will be offered the opportunity to move into a role in the local engineering team or apply for any other vacant engineering role in the wider group.