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Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship Standard


Type: Full Time

Subject: Engineering and Motor Vehicle


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

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

4 Years


Level 3

Who is it for

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Apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job–specific skills. Off the job training is on a day–release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education can apply.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to an interview with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers and will take part in an assessment.

What will I need

Entry requirements of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 and above. A suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your apprenticeship. Vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

What is covered

The Food and Drink industry is an exciting 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 a wide range of food and drink products for consumers. Companies employ Mechanical and/or Multi–skilled Maintenance Engineers according to the type of products they make. 

During this course you will learn:
• Food processing and manufacturing methods
• Routine mechanical maintenance and producing replacement parts, using manual and machine processes
• Welding stainless steel and other materials used in food production equipment
• Regulatory requirements
• Materials science, including the key features of raw materials and how they are used in food production
• Principles of electrical systems
• Utilities, including energy management and pollution control
• For apprentices specialising as multi–skilled maintenance engineers: instrumentation and process control systems, electrical maintenance and maintenance of programmable control systems

Apprentices are expected to attend college for 3 Days a week in Yr 1 / 2 Days a week in Yr 2 / 1 Day a week in Yr 3 as part of 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace.

How is the course assessed

Coursework, exams and practical observations.

Are there any additional costs

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

Other details

Reality check
As a food and drink maintencence engineer you could expect to do shift work in challenging environments both inside and outside.s. Your working environment can be noisy and dirty. Late night and weekend work will be expected to accommodate business needs.

An employed status Apprentice will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 an hour for under 19 year old or for over 19s in their first year of Apprenticeship, although many of Apprentices earn more than this
• Get paid holidays
• Receive training
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