About the programme
Partnering with Midland Group Training Services or Heart of Yorkshire College, we will develop you into our next generation of multi-skilled engineers through the Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer apprenticeship, which may be enhanced with further qualifications upon completion.
During your 4 years you’ll be away up to 18 weeks a year, Greencore will support your travel and accomodation throughout this.
Midland Group Training Services (MGTS) is based in Redditch, in the Midlands. Specialists in the food and drink industry, they’re well placed to grow your expertise in our industry, so you are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful at Greencore. Find out more here.
Selby College is part of the Heart of Yorkshire training group, and is based in North Yorkshire, is at the forefront of industry automation development, with industry expert tutors to support with your growth and development. Find out more here.
As you are away from home for up to 18 weeks of the year, split into 3 week blocks. We support you with your travel, accommodation and expenses whilst you are away at college.
At site, you’ll shadow a qualified engineer until you’re able to undertake tasks safely on your own.
Your academic tutor will visit you at site to meet with your line manager, mentor and support you with you studies
“As part of my programme, I shadow qualified engineers and assist them with maintaining our machinery, which provides me the opportunity to practice the new skills I learn at college”
How to apply
We will be opening our application window for this programme in February, ready for an August 2024 start, keep an eye on this site for when our vacancies go live.
We ask that you have (or are on track for) GCSE grade 5 in maths and English, and strong IT skills as a minimum, and are prepared to stay away from home up to 18 weeks of the year. We look for a passion for engineering, strong problem-solving skills and a great attention to detail throughout the recruitment process.
Frequently asked questions
What kind of things will I learn?
You will learn a wide range of skills and knowledge of engineering within the food and drink industry. Some of the key topics are:
Food processing machinery and manufacturing methods
Legislation and regulations, including food safety, health and safety and sustainability
The impact of customer requirements and demands on the food supply chain
The key principles of cleaning and hygiene processes
Quality management systems and processes
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
The principles of fault finding; both mechanical and electrical
Cutting and welding standards and techniques
The principles of electrical installations, testing electrical equipment and circuits and maintenance of
programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
Services and utilities, including the importance and impact of energy management
You will also gain skills in:
Carrying out engineering activities including routine & reactive maintenance, fault finding and diagnosis,
testing and commissioning of machinery
Performing first line mechanical maintenance, including removing and replacing components, cleaning,
lubrication, inspection and fault finding
Applying ‘best practice’ techniques, including condition monitoring and proactive maintenance
Producing replacement components, using manual and machine processes
Maintaining fluid power systems
Welding stainless steel and other materials used in food production equipment
Performing first line electrical maintenance, including testing, fault finding, repairing and replacing
Applying mathematical techniques to solve engineering problems
When will I become fully qualified?
This programme is 4 years in duration for the level 3 qualification, after this, we will work with you identify what further training and development you may need to be fully qualified as an Engineer for the equipment and processes at your site.
Do I need a driving license?
A driving license isn’t compulsory for this programme, although it may help you to get to college and back with all your belongings. If you don’t have a license, we can support you with booking train travel to college if needed. All your expenses are paid for whilst you are away.
When will I hear if I have been successful?
We will keep you informed at each stage of the recruitment process, and aim to make our offers for a September intake as early in the year as we can, to give you plenty of time to prepare, and look forward to starting your new role.