Engineering Apprenticeships

Engineering Apprenticeships

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.


Meet our Engineering Apprentices
Engineering Apprentice

“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.