Engineering Operative Apprenticeship Howies and Sons LLP

You will be part of a busy family business and join our maintenance manager to learn the essential skills needed to be a successful mechanical engineer. Job role includes all aspects of engineering, learning all the essential skills needed for maintaining, and repairing a wide range of food production machinery.

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Closing date: 31 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    50p attendance bonus

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 7:30am – 16:30pm (30mins breakfast and 30mins lunch break) One day release to college

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    09 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Tasks and duties will include:

  • Service and repair equipment in line with service schedule and in response to breakdowns on production lines
  • Working with our maintenance manager to learn the skills needed and gain training needed on the machinery in use
  • Observing and learning whilst on the job to complete maintenance needed and to document records logging times spent and machines repaired or serviced
  • To be part of a maintenance team available to attend production lines as needed to keep production flowing and remedy equipment issues as they occur

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

  • Level 3 Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship - Standard
  • Skills, Knowledge, and Behaviours
  • Day release to attend college at Rainham (RM13 8GP) 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Full-time employment offered on qualification.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Patience, Loves to mend things, Polite, Helpful, Practical, Willing to learn, Hands on, Enthusiastic


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 and above (A* - C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 and above (A* - C)) Essential

Things to consider

Needs own transport or willingness to walk 1/2 mile from the bus route.. Working in a meat factory and on a farm environment

About the employer

Wicks Manor produced bacon, ham and sausages from our farm reared pork which is fed on home grown wheat and barley milled and crushed on the farm. We run busy production lines producing for UK multiples regionally, nationally for foodservice and export a quarter of our production to the far and middle east. All production is based on the farm at Wicks Manor.


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Training provider



Phil Lynch

Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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