Food Production Operative Apprentice James Chocolates

James Chocolates are looking for a Food Production Operate Apprentice to join their team. The role will require the successful candidate to set up, maintain, operate and clean machinery. The role will also include the preparation of chocolate, making chocolate components, decoration and finishing of the products.

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Closing date: 30 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 07:00 - 15:00 (30 minutes for lunch)

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    06 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    28 Mar 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • Set up machinery to standards required for meeting daily production schedule. This includes the calibration and cleaning of the machinery. 
  • Control and adjust machine settings if required to do so
  • Feed raw material to semi automated machines
  • Inspect parts
  • Test operation of machines periodically
  • Fix issues that might occur during shift
  • Check output to spot and eliminate machinery related errors
  • Prepare raw materials (chocolate).
  • Fill and temper kettles
  • Make chocolate components
  • Make and supply recipe mixes (fillings, flavourings, infusions)
  • Decoration of finished products
  • Completion of associated paperwork. This includes production sheets, machinery records and pre-start checks.
  • Occasional packing duties. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good attention to detail
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Good teamwork and communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Adherence to Health and Safety regulations

Personal qualities

  • Ability to follow instruction
  • Strong willingness to learn

Qualifications required

No specific entry requirement as support will be given on programme. Good secondary education is preferred.

Future prospects

Availability to progress onto Advanced Apprenticeship. Options to progress onto a full time position at the company on completion of the Apprenticeship.

Things to consider

From April 1st 2017 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age applies. The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

James Hutchins started making chocolate by hand back in 1995. He’d been working in a Bristol delicatessen and became fascinated by the exotic ingredients and different flavour combinations that lined the shelves. He channelled this new-found foodie enthusiasm into his love of great chocolate and, using his background as a scientist, began experimenting in his kitchen at home during the evenings. Nearly 20 years on, James is still at the heart of the business and his vision and creativity fuels all chocolate development. James Chocolates can be found in delicatessens, farm shops, garden centres and department stores across Britain and increasingly in the world’s finest food halls.


James Chocolates


Unit 5

Cheddar House

Leighton Lane Industrial Estate

Shepton Mallet


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Training provider

  • Intermediate Food and Drink Process Operator
  • English, Maths and ICT Functional Skills (if necessary)

Apprenticeship standard

Food and Drink > Food and Drink Process Operator

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Strode College

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Closing date: 30 Oct 2017