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Engineering Technician Apprentice REED BOARDALL COLD STORAGE LIMITED

The post holder will support the Engineering Manager to deliver a maintenance function that supports Reed Boardall’s (RB) overall strategic aims and objectives. The Maintenance Engineer is an integral part of RB’s engineering team and will provide work to ensure that our machinery and equipment run smoothly and reliably.

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pay rate is year 1 £6.83, year 2 £9.18, year 3 £9.50 (if applicable. Wellbeing programmes

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm No weekend or evening work

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2022

  • Date posted

    07 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Reporting relationships:

  • Reports to the Engineering Manager
  • Part of the Engineering team

Also works with:

  • RB Group business, including Cold Storage, Transport
  • RB Employees
  • External stakeholders, to support the Engineering function

Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver effective support in checking, repairing, and servicing machinery, equipment, systems, and infrastructures.
  • Ensure that industrial machinery and equipment runs smoothly and reliably including planning and undertaking scheduled maintenance

Key Tasks:

  • Provide support and guidance to managers and staff across the full range of engineering work, whilst being mentored by the Engineering Manager / Deputy Manager and contribute to the successful delivery of RB’s Engineering function through supporting and reflecting the organisation’s core values, aims and objectives:
  • Assisting with improving and carrying out the planned maintenance programme
  • Dealing with day to day maintenance issues
  • Assisting with suppliers of parts and equipment
  • Carry out routine maintenance work and respond to equipment faults
  • Fit new parts and make sure equipment is working correctly
  • Carry out quality inspections on jobs
  • Liaise with RB departments, customers, and other engineering colleagues
  • Arrange specialist procurement of fixtures, fittings, or components
  • Control maintenance tools, stores, and equipment
  • Monitor and control maintenance costs
  • Deal with emergencies, unplanned problems, and repairs
  • Improve health and safety policies and procedures
  • Work with specialist equipment, such as programmable logic controllers (PLC), which control machinery on factory assembly lines
  • Write maintenance strategies to help with installation and commissioning guidelines
  • Ensure there is continuous cover of the machinery and equipment in case of breakdowns

Person specification:

  • Reed Boardall is an equal opportunities employer, committed to providing equal opportunities regardless of race or ethnic origin, gender identity, family situation, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or age
  • This person specification is designed to help members of Interviewing Panels judge the qualities of interviewees in a systematic and consistent way and in accordance with RB’s equal and diversity policy. It is given to all job applicants / employees for information


Desirable but not essential:

  • Experience or training on refrigeration would be advantageous
  • Experience of prioritising workload, time management and dealing with conflicting priorities
  • Mechanical and/or Electrical experience/training, with particular understanding of the manufacturing or distribution sectors

Preferable Skills and abilities (however these can be developed):

  • Ability to work alone and unsupervised. (Essential)
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with people at all levels
  • Ability to work to deadlines, under pressure and within defined standards

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

Qualifications received:

  • Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
    BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

What will I study?

  • Technicians undertake installation, testing, servicing, removal, replacement, maintenance and repair of a range of equipment. Typical roles could include Electrical Technicians, Mechanical Technicians and Plant Operations Technicians who maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of the plant and equipment in a production or manufacturing environment

Method of delivery:

  • A flexible model of delivery will be undertaken based on the employer’s needs e.g. apprentices may attend College two days per week for two years or one day per week for four years and work for their employer for the rest of the time, or attend College on a one year full-time basis, and One day in Year 2, then work with their employer full-time. Assessor visits will take place at regular intervals throughout the apprenticeship.

How will I be assessed?

Successful achievement of the End-Point Assessment (EPA) will lead to final certification of the apprenticeship. The assessment, with an independent assessor, will comprise of:

  • Knowledge assessment(multiple-choice paper) - apprentices will be required to complete a standardised scenario based knowledge assessment consisting of 30 multiple-choice questions, taken under examination conditions
  • Practical Assessment - this observation will provide the opportunity for the apprentice to synoptically demonstrate core and specific knowledge, skills and behaviours on actual plant and equipment in a realistic work situation
  • Technical Interview - the interview will be based on the contents of the evidence portfolio, which may be compiled throughout the apprenticeship and finalised during the end-point assessment period

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Following the completion of the apprenticeship, there will be an opportuntity for a full time role within the engineering function with a full career pathway/training available

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent 2 other subjects (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 5 (higher)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent science or technical subject (Grade 4/C) Essential

Things to consider

Location is in Boroughbridge with limited bus services only. After you submit your application, please look out for an email from You must reply, otherwise your application will not be considered

About the employer

950 employees across the UK, established in 1970, cold storage and distribution - see website for further details




Bar Lane



YO51 9NN

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Training provider



Business Partnerships


Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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