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Manufacturing Engineering Technician Apprenticeship at AB World Foods AB WORLD FOODS LIMITED

Waterside Training in partnership with AB World Foods based at Leigh has six fantastic opportunities for apprentices to join their production team. You will support the manufacturing operations as Manufacturing Technician Apprentices.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 30 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £11,100.00

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 08:45 - 16:00.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    3 years

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    11 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001750690

  • Positions

    6 available

Waterside Training in partnership with AB World Foods based at Leigh has six fantastic opportunities for apprentices to join their production team to support the manufacturing operations as Manufacturing Technician Apprentices.

AB World Foods are looking to increase their manufacturing capability at the Leigh facility through the training and development of Manufacturing Apprentices who will play a key role in supporting our ambitious growth plans. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a business which is a great place to work, grow and develop.

AB World Foods are a UK producer and global distributor of ethnic foods, dealing with all the major multiples. As a flavour producer we produce Indian sauces, pastes and pappadums in a modern, high speed and high volume facility utilising cutting edge technologies.

As a Manufacturing Technician you will cover technician roles within the Paste, Pappadum and Sauce teams with the aim to understand and gain experience in each of the core roles of Sauce/Paste Batching Technician, Sauce Filling Technician, Pappadum Extrusion Technician within the factory.

Leigh produces a wide range of products primarily under the Pataks brand creating authentic sauces, pickles, chutney and pappadums.

The three-year manufacturing apprenticeship will initially cover broad based training in Electrical and Mechanical skills at Waterside Training in St Helens with years 2/3 working on plant at Leigh alongside qualified technicians tackling “real life” activities whilst continuing to attend college day release up to HNC whilst following a Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician Standard.

The apprenticeship will be targeted at the Manufacturing Technician role, reporting to the Team Leaders, the aim will be for the apprentice to understand each of the core roles and also gain experience of the support roles within the factory and the Paste, Pappadum and Sauce teams.

The role of Technician is responsible for operating key pieces of equipment on the line. Carrying out product changeovers and regular quality and process control checks and completing the relevant paperwork. All tasks must be completed in a manner to achieve the safe, hygienic, efficient and best-cost manufacture of all designated products to the required quality, specification and quantity being proactive towards Health & Safety within the Safe System of Work and engage with our continuous improvement agenda working within our quality parameters to ensure good quality output carrying out analytical tests during production and make any necessary adjustments to machine settings or products to meet agreed quality standards. To be a Manufacturing Technician you need to have a good understanding of Engineering techniques to be able to resolve problems with machinery and or production processes.

General responsibilities will cover being proactive to Health and Safety working within defined safe systems of work, improving health and safety and demonstrating the correct behaviours and report unsafe acts. You will engage with the continuous improvement agenda seeking out new opportunities to take an active role in all CI activities working to set standards in a FMCG facility to control and set machinery. You will work towards total Quality Assurance by ensuring all hygiene tasks are carried out and maintained in a clean and tidy state, proactively report pest control issues and manage process quality parameters to ensure good quality output.

As the site is a 24-hour operation, to start, you will initially work day shifts 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. moving to a number of shifts consisting of 6-2, 2-10, 10-6 plus 12-hour continental shifts. The apprentice will not be on shifts routinely but will experience what it is like to be on shift throughout the course.

You will need to be able to travel to both Waterside Training, St Helens and AB World Foods, Leigh to carry out your training.

The ideal candidate should have a genuine desire and enthusiasm for practical work in the manufacturing sector. You must have a positive attitude, willingness to learn, excellent time management, confidence, be well organised, self-motivated and committed with the desire to drive to become a first class technician.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Waterside is looking for high calibre candidates who are self-motivated, reliable, proactive, enthusiastic and very well organised who can work excellently within a team who is driven to succeed and grow in a fast pace environment to join our apprenticeships to become the next highly skilled technicians of the future.

Candidates should have a keen and enthusiastic interest in practical based work and manufacturing applications such as statistics, maths and sciences and have strong communication skills and team leadership qualities. You should also have;

  • good PC skills and be able to operate the Microsoft Work Suite such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • a methodical approach to work who is committed, patient and consistent.
  • good practical skills and aptitude with an enquiring mind and enjoys finding out how things work.
  • an ability to pay close attention to detail who completes tasks in a timely and accurate fashion.
  • the ability to follow technical drawings and instructions who can understand and relate the theory to practice.
  • excellent time management skills who is reliable and able to meet deadlines.
  • good problem solving skills who is inquisitive and thinks creatively to find solutions to problems.
  • able to demonstrate a clear interest to work in the manufacturing sector.
  • an understanding of safety rules and regulations – be able to work safely and use own initiative.

Personal qualities

Prospective candidates should have a keen and demonstrable interest in practical based work as well as having an enthusiastic approach to work and willingness to learn. Candidates must be highly self-motivated and have a flexible approach to work; possess good organisation, planning and communication along with good team working skills be able to work with others with drive to develop and progress to team leader status. The candidate should also posses;

  • a willingness to learn and develop, being committed to personal and professional development. Complete professional qualifications and undertake training. Actively ask questions and is open to feedback. Can recognise gaps in their performance and owns their development plan.
  • an ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team, be supportive towards colleagues internally and externally. Engages a team in completing a task.
  • good communication skills who is a confident communicator with the ability to integrate within established teams. Able to produce quality written reports that are clear and concise.
  • a high level of flexibility who is happy with having a flexible workload and is able to adapt to the changing needs of the business.
  • highly motivated with a passionate nature for how things work who is enthusiastic and is willing to go the extra mile to success and met challenges.

Desired qualifications

Entry requirements for this Manufacturing Apprenticeship are;

5 GCSE's A-C or Level 5-9 in English, Mathematics and Science are essential (or equivalent) along with any practical related technology subjects, such as Manufacturing, Statistics, Engineering, Design Technology, Resistant Materials would be desirable.

If you are taking your examinations this year, then please supply your predicted mock grades when asked in the application process.

Future prospects

The advertised Apprentice wage will increase yearly or upon completion of progressive stages. Apprentices have fantastic future prospects within ABWF and the wider ABF group. Possibility of progressing onto a Level 4 qualification (or further) subject to agreed performance criteria. After qualifying you could go on to supervisory roles or senior management.

Things to consider

This would be a three-year apprenticeship programme. This programme may contain a shift pattern in the latter stages of your apprenticeship involving morning, afternoon and evening shifts. Site Hours; will vary dependant on the company shift patterns. Waterside Training Hours; 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Year 1 will be based at Waterside, St Helens, with years 2 and 3 at AB World Foods. You will need to be able to travel to both Waterside and your site base to carry out specific off the job and on the job training.


About the employer

AB World Foods are a UK producer and global distributor of ethnic foods, dealing with all the major multiples. A flavour producer we produce Indian sauces, pastes and pappadums in a modern, high speed and high-volume facility utilising cutting edge technologies. 

AB World Foods, primarily known as Pataks, based at Leigh produce a wide range of products, primarily under the Pataks brand creating authentic sauces, pickles, chutney and pappadums delivering great branded flavours for consumers across the world; whether it's a Patak's authentic curry, a Blue Dragon stir-fry or a Levi Roots Reggae Reggae sauce.

Employer

AB WORLD FOODS LIMITED

Address

A B World Foods Ltd, Kiribati Way

LEIGH

WN7 5RS

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Training

Training provider

WATERSIDE TRAINING LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Waterside Training Ltd

Contact

Kathryn Kirby 01744 694661 kkirby@waterside-training.co.uk

Apprentices will complete a programme of both theoretical and practical learning over a three-year period. Initially, based at Waterside Training undertaking broad based training during year 1 in Electrical and Mechanical techniques before moving to a programme of working on site for a global organisation with experienced production technician's tackling “real life” activities as a Manufacturing Technician focussing on Manufacturing activities.   You will receive both vocational and academic training on and off site. 

To be a Manufacturing Technician you need to have a good understanding of Engineering techniques to be able to resolve problems with machinery and or production processes, therefore, your acacemic aspects are related to Mechanical and Manufacturing topics.

During the first year from September 21 to July 22 you will develop your skills and knowledge by attending Waterside Training Limited on a block release basis to carry out foundation training in Electrical and Mechanical techniques working from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with one day spent at St Helens College, Technology Campus, St Helens to attend your academic training day from 9:00 a.m. to 6/7:00 p.m.

Your academic training will run over the first two years from September 21 to July 23 on City & Guilds Diploma in Engineering. Additional training will also be completed during your apprenticeship to cover the requirements of the programme such as Health & Safety Training, Lean Manufacturing and or specific training as advised by the company.

From July 22, you will commence your full site based training with AB World Foods based at Leigh spending 4 days per week with day release to continue your academic training throughout years 2 and 3.  Your site based work will follow the Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician and you will continue to attend your company site for the remainder of your apprenticeship programme.

Whilst on site, dependent on the company, you may work a shift pattern involving morning, afternoon and night shifts with hours of 6am- 2pm, 2pm – 10pm or 10pm – 6pm. 

Waterside will assign you a mentor/assessor to guide you through the apprenticeship and carry out six weekly reviews along with guiding you through your standards through portfolio building, technical discussions, observations to check competency levels prior to embarking on the End Point Assessment.

Apprenticeship standard

Science manufacturing technician

Level 3 (A level)


Employer's Application Instructions

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 30 Dec 2021