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Food & Drink Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeship pladis UK

pladis UK are searching for the right candidates to join our fast moving food production family at McVitie's Halifax as an Engineering Maintenance Apprentice. If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career working with iconic brands then this may be the role for you!

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

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Closing date: 15 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The salary will increase yearly throughout the apprenticeship.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:00 Total hours per week: 40.00

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    25 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

* Work with mechanical and electrical equipment as well as
   automated control systems, carry out planned and preventative
   maintenance, undertake fault finding and diagnosis.

* Championing continuous improvement through involvement in our
   pladis Excellence programme, reducing downtime and improving 
   operational efficiency.

* Ensuring all activities are undertaken safely and in line with food  
   safety standards and legislative requirements.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

pladis apprentices attend James Watt Campus, Birmingham Metropolitan College, on a block release programme undertaking a City & Guilds L3 Diploma in Food & Drink Maintenance. 

Apprentices then embed their mechanical, electrical, fluid power and automation skills at site with our experienced multi-skilled engineers.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Successful apprentices shall progress into permanent Engineering Technician roles.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Mechanical comprehension


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5) Essential

Things to consider

The block release program with Birmingham Metropolitan College entails 18 weeks per year study in Birmingham in three x 6 week blocks. Whilst attending college you will be required to stay in accommodation which is local to the college. pladis will provide this and meet all travel and subsistence costs whilst on block release.

About the employer

pladis bake some of the UK’s best loved sweet and savoury biscuits and cakes including national favourites such as McVitie’s Digestives, Hobnobs and Jaffa Cakes. We are a family business at heart and spreading happiness is at the core of our shared heritage.


pladis UK


Mcvitie's Cake Company

Kingston Mills




Chris Pinder


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Food and drink maintenance engineer

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please send your c.v. direct to

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

Apply now

Closing date: 15 Aug 2022