Process Operator Apprentice CARGILL PLC

We are looking for an apprentice who is interested in pursuing a career as a Process Operator in Cargill’s Cocoa and Chocolate Manufacturing Site. This is a fantastic opportunity for an apprentice to develop in a growing industry focusing on health and safety, food safety and production.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Shifts are 6am to 6pm x 2 per week, plus time released for your studies. After initial training, you will Start shift working which can include weekends and, if required, night shifts. Other working days are flexible based on study requirements.

    Total hours per week: 42.0

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

  • Expected duration

    27 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    20 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Operating all areas of the cocoa plant
  • Using operating systems
  • Completing daily operator tasks
  • Dispatching liquor including tanker loading
  • Working in a safe way
  • LOTOTO (lock out, tag out, try out)
  • Supporting the creation of risk assessments
  • Ensuring our products are food safe
  • Understanding and adhering the HACCP
  • Clean as you go, good housekeeping standards
  • Process set up & control
  • Driving efficiency and highlighting improvement ideas
  • Fault identification
  • Root cause analysis
  • Trend analysis
  • Operational maintenance
  • Weekly scheduled cleans
  • Understanding of different customer specifications
  • Occasional FLT (forklift truck use)
  • Working alongside other teams- engineering, quality, safety

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

The apprentice will undertake the Level 3 Food and Drink Technical Operator apprenticeship standard, delivered by the University of Lincoln's Holbeach Campus, the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM). The apprentice will attend block release sessions virtually via Microsoft Teams or in person at the NCFM campus throughout the duration of the programme.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There are some fantastic opportunities across Cargill. Natural progression after the apprenticeship could be to become a Process Operating Technician if a role is available. This follows a 4 on 4 off shift pattern (2 days, 2 nights, 4 off). There may also be opportunities to move into other functions dependent on role availability.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Team working, Continuous improvement mindset, Self-motivated, Ability to multi-task, Adaptable to change


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent ICT (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade C/4 or above) Essential

Things to consider

Cargill's Cocoa are legally unable to employ anyone under the age of 18 so all applicants must be 18 or over. This is a fast-paced working environment. The role is relatively physical and will involve responsibilities such as: • Daily and weekly cleaning tasks • Stairs in all areas of the plant • Operational tasks The plant is hot due to the nature of our product (over 30 degrees). The role is predominantly site based but you may have the opportunity to visit other sites.

About the employer

We are one of the only cocoa manufacturers in the UK, supplying some of the most renowned chocolate brands you will all know and love with cocoa liquor: Nestle, Mars, United Biscuits, and more! We are supplied with cocoa beans which we then process and turn into cocoa liquor. The York site is growing and currently has a $10 million project to increase the capacity on our site and replace end of life equipment. This is a really exciting time to join Cargill Cocoa York!




Cocoa Processing Plant

Wigginton Road


YO31 8BA

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Training provider



Steve Suter

Apprenticeship standard

Food and drink technical operator

Level 3 (A level)

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