Apprentice Engineer ARLA FOODS UK PLC

In your 4 years as an Apprentice Engineer, you will get hands- on experience at one of our manufacturing sites. You will be part of a team of Engineers, working with cutting edge technology to keep Arla at the forefront of the manufacturing industry, maintaining, fixing and installing machinery.

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

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Closing date: 14 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Competitive Salary, to be discussed at interview.

  • Working week

    Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    13 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

We support you to become a qualified Engineer with a mix of practical and classroom based learning. At the end of the 4 years, you will graduate with an OAL L3 in Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance (Multiskilled), Level 3 Health and Safety Award, and your 18th Edition Regulations Certificate.

The best bit? You will earn as you learn! Your salary will increase year on year as you progress and develop.

So what do our engineers actually do?

Our Engineers are problem solvers. They are responsible for maintaining, fixing and installing machinery that allows us to create tasty, healthy, high quality products.

If a machine breaks down, we can’t get products to our customers. As an Arla Engineer, you will save the day and make sure that the nation get Cravendale milk in their tea each morning, Skyr yoghurt in their breakfast bowl, and Anchor butter on their toast.

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

You will study a Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship Standard at Kirklees College in Huddersfield.

The college element of this Apprenticeship is “block release”, meaning you will spend up to 20 weeks at a time at college in each year of the apprenticeship. As such, there is the expectation to work and study away from home. When required, accommodation and travel will be organised, but we need you to have the maturity to manage yourself and your studies both if away from home and at work.

The final year will involve completion of a portfolio and preparation for End Point Assessment (EPA). This measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the standard and is carried out by ESFA approved organisations independent from the college.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Once our apprentices have completed their apprenticeship standard, subject to vacancies at the time, there will be an opportunity to apply for further employment.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Problem solving skills, Number skills, Inquisitive nature, A love of learning


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

Please note, you will need to be 18+ to apply for this role. This is due to insurance purposes and living away from home. Our first shortlist will be based on your CV, and your motivation for applying for the role. You should get your personality across in your CV so that we understand who you are and what you are about. Please refer to our entry requirements and we would ask any applicants to clearly detail their qualifications. If shortlisted, you will be invited to take part in an online interview and assessment centre. These interviews will take place on the 22nd & 23rd May 2023. If successful at this stage, you will then be invited to your preferred locations for a final interview and discussion with members of our engineering team. If you are excited to take the first step into your new career, put these dates in your diary!

About the employer

Arla Foods are one of the largest dairies in the world behind brands including: Skyr, Anchor Butter, Castello, Cravendale, BOB and partnering with some big names in retail like Starbucks, McDonalds to name a few. Arla Foods is made up of around 20,000 colleagues globally, we operate in 152 countries, processing milk from production 60 sites. Within the UK we are the largest dairy business and one of the top FMCG business operating from 9 large manufacturing sites and two strategically placed National distribution Centres. • We are a farmer- owned cooperative. That means we are committed to partnering with farmers so they are guaranteed a fair price for their milk. • We experimented with powered trucks (google it- you won’t regret it), and built the world’s first ever 100% carbon neutral dairy. All as part of our ongoing commitment to combatting climate change. • We are the producer of Lurpak, one of the world’s most iconic butter brands. • We are a Danish business, operating across the UK, Europe, Asia, The Middle East, North America, South America and other regions across the globe.




Taw Valley Creamery

North Tawton

EX20 2DA

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Apprenticeship standard

Food and drink maintenance engineer

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

We are so excited to welcome you to the Arla family. Please apply via the link above which will take you to the Arla Careers page.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 14 Apr 2023