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Apprentice Cheese Making Assistant Feltham's Farm Ltd

This is a key role in the cheese room in a growing team. Assisting the Head Cheesemaker (Marcus, one of the owners) with the daily make and other associated tasks from the Milk coming in through to the cheese being made.

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Closing date: 30 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    26-28 Hours on the job 7-9 Hours off the Job (studying with Tutor) Start Times vary depending on the type of day Cheesemaking Day 07:30am to 08:00am Non Cheesemaking Day - 09:30am - 10:00am

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    10 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

We love food and cheese and we’re based near Wincanton in Somerset. This is a key role in the cheese room in a growing team.  

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Sterilising pasteuriser
  • Assisting the Head cheesemaker (Marcus, one of the owners) with the daily make
  • Overseeing & executing as needed cleaning before and during production
  • Contributing ideas & effort towards increasing the efficiency & quality of the cheese room
  • Full clean of the cheese room after each make and at the end of the week
  • Maturing/affinage of three kinds of cheese
  • Wrapping and labeling
  • Helping develop and test new cheeses for the market
  • Working on sales and distribution team to grow the market for Feltham’s Farm cheese (Weekend Work)

Driver needed due to location.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Focused individual 
  • Direct approach


Personal qualities

  • A passion for food/cheese
  • Good hygiene
  • Good sense of smell 

Desired qualifications

Apprentices without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment for this apprenticeship, this will be covered through Strode College.

Future prospects

A permanent role.

Things to consider

The location is on the Marshes (Horsington), so no public transport.

About the employer

Feltham’s Farm is 22 acres of organic land in the north of Somerset’s beautiful Blackmore Vale. It is run by Marcus Fergusson and Penny Nagle, who moved here six years ago. There are always people around, as our cheese business employs between two and four people while living on-site there are up to four international volunteers at any time. This is a community of people interested in good food, sourced both locally and organically.

The cheese

Our cheese business came about almost by accident, after Marcus was made redundant from a corporate job in London (much to his relief). We wanted to do something on the farm but at 22 acres it was too small to farm conventionally while making enough money to live on. Marcus has always been obsessed with cheese and after a one-day course at River Cottage, there was no turning back. We’re just a few years into this adventure but we have won numerous awards and the order book keeps getting fatter. In many ways, it seems that this is a mid-life crisis that seems to be panning out OK.


Feltham's Farm Ltd


Feltham's Farm Horsington



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Strode College


Suzie Drew 01458 844419

  • Level 2 Food and Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if required

Virtual  Off Job Training and On job Training will be provided. 

On completion of this program, Process Operators will be able to carry out production operations using a range of equipment and will be able to carry out basic fault finding on the equipment they work with. They will be able to handle food products safely and hygienically. They will be able to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to maintain quality and to ensure products meet customer requirements.

Following completion of the program, individuals will have developed an understanding of continuous improvement processes used in the industry and will know when it is appropriate to escalate technical issues to a specialist or more senior member of staff. They will understand food safety and its importance to the industry. They will be effective communicators who are able to work well with others. They will have a solid grounding in most aspects of food production and manufacturing and have a good level of product knowledge. 


Apprenticeship standard

Food and drink process operator

Level 2 (GCSE)

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