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Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Apprenticeship Standard

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Type: Full Time

Subject: Engineering and Motor Vehicle

Level:

Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

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Course Length

3 years – additional time may be required to complete your independent End–Point assessment. You must have a contract of employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship programme.

Level

This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship and is equivalent to A–Levels.

You may choose to progress onto a Higher/Degree Level Apprenticeships such as Level 5 Food and Drink Engineer Apprenticeship Standard or Level 6 Food and Drink Advanced Engineer Apprenticeship Standard, you could also apply for full–time study at university.

Who is it for

APPLICATIONS FOR 2020/21 NOW OPEN!
Please only apply for this course if you already have a suitable employer to support you throughout your Apprenticeship. If you do not currently have an employer you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies by visiting www.peterborough.ac.uk/apprenticeships/apprenticeship–vacancies

The food and drink industry is an exciting and challenging place to be a Maintenance Engineer. World–class companies in the industry use some of the most innovative, modern and technically automated equipment available to manufacture and package a wide range of food and drink products for consumers. Food and Drink Multi–skilled Maintenance Engineers will work with mechanical, fluid power and electrical equipment and highly automated programmable control systems.

This course aims to maximise the benefits of the technology and equipment you will work with as an Apprentice. Depending on the type of production and plant in the company, engineering activities carried out will include; routine maintenance, fault finding and diagnosis, testing installation and commissioning. You will need to ensure that maintenance activities contribute to optimising food and drink production levels.

This pathway is also similar to the Level 3 Engineering Technician: Mechatronics Pathway Apprenticeship Standard also avalaible at Peterborough Regional College. If you are working in the food and drink industry but require a more generic qualification this maybe an interest to you as an alternative Apprenticeship. You can find out more information by visiting www.peterborough.ac.uk/course/WB3ENTA0A/ level–3–engineering–technician–apprenticeship–standard–mechatronics–pathway

You can apply for an Apprenticeship if you are living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education. You must be in paid employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre interview with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers and will take part in an initial assessment for English and Maths. You may also be required to complete an aptitude test based on your current skills.

We strongly recommend all candidates also complete a minimum of 2 weeks of work experience with their employer before to the start of the Apprenticeship to ensure the organisation meets your needs.

What will I need

Individual employers will set their selection criteria, but it is likely to include 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English, Maths and Science or a Technology subject; a relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on your current skills.

You will also require a suitably supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship. If you do not have an employer already you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on our website – https://www.peterborough.ac.uk/apprenticeships/apprenticeship–vacancies/

We strongly advise you to complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with your employer before to the start of your Apprenticeship to ensure it is a suitable organisation for your needs.

What is covered

During your Apprenticeship you will cover the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for an Engineering Maintenance Engineer within the food and drink manufacturing industry:

Core knowledge:
• Food processing/manufacturing and product knowledge (to meet company requirements e.g. Dairy, Confectionery, Fruit & Veg and Meat processing).
• Legislation and regulations in the food and drink industry, including: Food Safety; Health and Safety;Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP); Threat Assessment Critical Control Point (TACCP); Vulnerability Assessment Critical Control Point (VACCP).
• Basic principles of sustainability and environmental legislation.
• The impact of customer requirements and demands on the food supply chain.
• The key principles of cleaning and hygiene processes covering both Cleaning in Place (CIP) and Cleaning Out of Place (COP) systems.
• Key principles of quality management systems and processes.
• Key principles of Continuous Improvement (CI) Management.
• Materials science, including the key features of raw materials, their uses in food production and types of equipment used to process them.
• Types of best practice maintenance approaches and techniques in the food and drink industry.
• Principles of fault–finding techniques.
• The operation of mechanical, electric and fluid power 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 impact of energy management and pollution control in food production.

Core Skills:
• Plan and prepare for the maintenance of engineered systems in the food and drink industry.
• Perform first–line routine mechanical maintenance, including removing and replacing components, cleaning, lubrication, inspection and fault finding.
• Apply ’best practice' techniques, including condition monitoring and proactive maintenance.
• Produce replacement components, using manual and machine processes.
• Maintain fluid power systems.
• Weld stainless steel and other materials typically used in food production equipment.
• Perform first line electrical maintenance, including testing, fault finding, repairing and replacing components.
• Apply mathematical techniques to solve engineering problems.

Core Behaviours:
• Safe working: ensures the safety of self and others, food safety, challenges safety issues.
• Ownership of work: accepts responsibility, is proactive, plans work.
• Pride in work: integrity, aims for excellence, good time management.
• Self–development: links own objectives to support the business, seeks learning and development opportunities.
• Integrity and respect: for colleagues, good communication with managers.
• Working in a team: builds good relationships with others.
• Problem solving: takes responsibility until a solution is reached, challenges others, works to solve the root cause of problems.
• Responsiveness to change: flexibility to changing environment and demands.
• Company/industry perspective: knowledge of the company and food industry, acts as an ambassador.
• Effective communication: with colleagues/managers, in writing, visually, verbally.

In addition to the core skills, knowledge and behaviours, food and drink maintenance engineers will demonstrate specialist additional skills and knowledge for multi–skilled maintenance engineers. All Apprentices must complete the following:
• Understand the principles of electrical machines, testing electrical equipment and circuits.
• Understand the operation of process controllers within an engineered system.
• Commission and perform maintenance of instrumentation/process control systems.
• Perform maintenance of programmable control systems.
• Understand the requirements of electrical installations.

Apprentices are required to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering before taking their End–Point assessment for the Apprenticeship. You will also cover learning outcomes that incorporate the Level 2 Award in Food Safety and the Level 2 Award in the Principles of HACCP Based Food Safety Systems.

As an Apprentice you will be expected to attend college 3 days a week as part of your ongoing 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace, however you may be asked to complete tasks at home via Google Classroom and One–file.

Please note you may also be asked to complete additional English and Maths qualifications as part of the Apprenticeship programme.

How is the course assessed

As well as being assessed continually throughout your Apprenticeship course, all Apprentices are required to complete an End–point Assessment to complete their qualification.

The EPA is conducted independently of your employer and Peterborough Regional College and is designed to test whether you have gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the Food and Drink Maintenance Apprenticeship Standard . Performance in the EPA will determine an Apprenticeship grade of fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Throughout your Apprenticeship you will complete several assessments, only when these have been completed can your assessor and employer agree to put your forward for the 'Gateway'. This gateway allows you to focus on and prepare for your EPA to complete your Apprenticeship. During this time your employer will be expected to support you to prepare for your EPA through regular training.

Apprentices are required to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering before taking their End–Point assessment for the Apprenticeship. You will also cover learning outcomes that incorporate the Level 2 Award in Food Safety and the Level 2 Award in the Principles of HACCP Based Food Safety Systems.

The EPA will take part in the final 12 weeks of the Apprenticeship and will include three distinct components:
1) A written knowledge test – answered through a combination of multiple–choice questions and extended answer questions
2) Practical test – made up of work–based observations, and a work based and job–related workplace project
3) A professional dialogue and interview – which is undertaken after all other EPA components have been successfully completed.

Throughout the Apprenticeship it is your responsibility with the help from your employer, assessor and college tutors to ensure you are ready for your final independent EPA.

More information about your EPA will be given to you by your Assessor at the Apprenticeship Sign Up.

What can this course lead to

On successful completion of this standard, you will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance. You may choose to progress onto a Higher/Degree Level Apprenticeships such as Level 5 Food and Drink Engineer Apprenticeship Standard or Level 6 Food and Drink Advanced Engineer Apprenticeship Standard, full time learning programme or a range of further employment opportunities.

This standard has been designed to satisfy the requirements for Professional Registration as Engineering Technician (EngTech) as define by the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK–SPEC).

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase a uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality check: 
As a Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer you may be expected to do shift work in challenging environments both inside and outside. Your environment can be noisy, dirty and sometimes cold. Late night and weekend work will be expected to accommodate business needs. An Apprentice will work on average 37 hours a week however this may vary throughout the year dependent on seasonal trends and workloads. Engineering Apprentice average salary varies between £12,000 and £28,000 a year depending on skills and experience.

As an employed status Apprentice you will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, although many Apprentices earn more than this. Please note you must be a paid employee of the business, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer.
• Have a contract of employment – this must be given to you at the start of your employment.
• Get paid holidays – these will be detailed in your contract of employment.
• Receive training – it is crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship that your employer supports you with regular training. The Apprenticeship standard states you must complete a minimum of 20% off–the–job training which can also include training at Peterborough Regional College and training within the workplace. You will also be expected to build a portfolio and complete tasks on One–file and Google Classrooms.
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