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Multi-Skilled Maintenance Engineer Apprentice - DIRECT TABLE FOODS LTD



11th December 2023

Employer description

Direct Table Foods has successfully grown to become one of the largest bacon and gammon processors in the UK with a rich heritage and strong vision. Our strength is in our people – from first QC receipt through to our curing 'craftsmen' with their wealth of experience of speciality and hand curing processes, the efficiency, quality & focus of our production team; to the tenacity of our logistics crew - all supported by our technical and commercial teams with their wealth of market and consumer knowledge.

Main description

This is a 4 year apprenticeship in which you will be working towards a level 3 qualification to become a Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer.

What you will do in your working day


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

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

Entry requirements

GCSE or equivalent English, Maths and Science (Grade 9-5) Essential

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working

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 - £11,482/year

Year 2 apprentice salary - £22,627/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.

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 31/03/2024




This job is located in Saxham Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

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