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Quality Assurance Technician Apprentice Pickstock Telford Ltd

Due to increasing growth with our technical department, we have very exciting opportunity for an apprentice Quality Assurance Technologist (QAT) to join our team. The purpose of the role is to ensure that all products are safe, legal and produced to the highest quality, ensuring all our customer and legislative requirements are met.

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

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Closing date: 18 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Once probation period completed, the normal hourly rate is £10.50 per hour. Overtime is available - rate to be confirmed.

  • Working week

    This is a specialist role (over 18) based at Pickstock Telford. The hours will be 07.00am – 16.30pm with an unpaid hour break, Monday – Friday (overtime is available). There will be 28 days paid holiday per year which includes bank holidays.

    Total hours per week: 42.5

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    01 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

After internal training your key responsibilities will be:

  • Identifying and maintaining compliance to our customers codes of practice through gaining a clear understanding of the product specification and internal auditing procedures.
  • Carrying out daily tasks within our abattoir, boning and packing production areas, which include temperature monitoring, product inspection, product label compliance.
  • To ensure all daily documentation is completed on correctly and on time
  • Investigate complaints and incidents using root cause analyse techniques (after further training)
  • Ensuring our teams meet the highest quality standard each day
  • Further training will include food safety systems and safe ways of working.

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

The Food Industry Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship will take 5 years to complete part time whilst working. 

You will be studying a BSc (Honours) Food Science and Technology Degree starting in September 2022. In each year, 4 modules will be delivered as 4 taught one-week blocks of study at Harper Adams University, near Telford. Pickstock will offer a range of other personal  development whilst you work.

In addition to the taught modules, apprentices will study independently 1 work-based learning project module per year, with other skills training and visits in the work-place from specialist tutors.

In each year, this work based project is agreed between Harper Adams University and Pickstock to meet the academic knowledge, skills and behaviour requirements and progress is reviewed regularly. For more information visit:

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

This position is open to anyone who wishes to pursue a career in our Technical Department as full training and development is undertaken based on your current experiences.  The role will be supported throughout the apprenticeship to undertake work based activities that broaden the expertise of the apprentice and develop leadership  and management skills as part of the 5-year process. The company have a number of extensive projects in development across the business that require this expertise.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C or 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade C or 4) Essential
A Level or equivalent any (Grade C) Essential
A Level or equivalent any (Grade C) Essential
A Level or equivalent Science (Grade C) Desired

Things to consider

This position is for those who want to work in the Meat industry.

About the employer

Pickstock is a leading supplier of British Beef to foodservice professionals, wholesalers and retailers across the UK and through International trade. We are continually looking to procure livestock, offering fair pricing, prompt payment and the best possible service. We believe the secret to our success is a honest, fair and professional approach to business. This is why farmers trust us to deliver competitive returns consistently. 100% of our beef is procured from British farmers. Every member of our expert team is passionate about what we do and ensure animal welfare and quality assurance is our number one priority at all times. We process all our beef in one location which means we can guarantee reliable supply, consistent quality and full traceability. Bio security is at the heart of our business. From gate to plate we maximise welfare, reliability of supply and costs to customers.


Pickstock Telford Ltd


Hortonwood 45



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Training provider




Apprenticeship standard

Food industry technical professional (integrated degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Employer's Application Instructions

For this role send your CV to Georgia Wood explaining in your profile or letter why you want this apprenticeship. You can upload at:

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

Apply now

Closing date: 18 Aug 2022