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Apprentice Food Operator

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Date: 01-Dec-2021

Location: Ashford, GB

Company: Premier Foods

Apprentice Technical Operator

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to develop a successful career within a fast-paced food manufacturing environment.  Our Technical Operators run the production lines performing routine maintenance and basic engineering tasks to support the engineering team. They are the front line of our business producing branded foods including Batchelor’s Cup a Soup, Paxo, Bisto and Angel Delight to the correct quality standard.


Closing date:
7th January 2022

Apprenticeship summary
Annual wage
•    Starting at £15,713 in year one and increasing to £21,641 in year 2
Working week
•    Monday to Friday, full-time on a 2-week shift rotation ‘Days’ (06:00-14:00), ‘Lates’ (14:00-22:00) 
•    Total hours per week: 37.5 and additional flex hours during peak times
Expected apprenticeship duration
•    30 months Fixed Term contract 
Possible start date
•    February 2022
Apprenticeship level
•    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

     Level 3 (A level)

•    6 positions available

What you will be doing:

Broad exposure to different areas of food manufacturing including:
Understanding and application of safety/quality procedures
Completing running checks, fault-finding and fulfilling basic maintenance working with the team and engineers
Maintaining good housekeeping 
Ensuring the successful running of the production in order to meet targets, updating boards and completing handover documents as well as putting ideas forward for improvement
Working as part of a team to achieve maximum efficiencies 
What training you will complete and the qualification you will get at the end:

Studying towards Level 3 Food and Drink Technical Operator Apprenticeship Standard which includes the Diploma in Food & Drink Operations, a Level 2 Certificate in Engineering, as well as supporting training and qualifications to enable you to carry out the role of Technical Operator for Premier Foods.  All learning is work-based with the training provider delivering training and assessment on site.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

It is envisaged that the candidates could carry on to roles as permanent Technical Operators on shift with us depending on successful completion of the apprenticeship and other relevant performance indicators
Desired skills and personal qualities:

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Practical skills, Inquisitive approach, Interpersonal skills

Things to consider:

This is a busy working environment where using a wide range of skills is essential. The role is based in a factory where hygiene and food standards are of paramount importance. There is a requirement to operate machinery and understand basic mechanics. Must be able to work within a small team.



GCSE or equivalent English/ maths (Grade 4/C) essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4/C) desired

A great British food company Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,200 colleagues at 14 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country. Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.