Science Industry Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship AB World Foods

Waterside Training in partnership with AB World Foods based at Leigh has a fantastic opportunity for 2 apprentices to join their engineering team to support the manufacturing operations as a Multi-skilled Engineering Technician Apprentice. You will be fully employed while achieving a Level 3 Qualification in Science Industry Maintenance Technician

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

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The advertised Apprentice wage will increase yearly or upon completion of progressive stages

  • Working week

    Waterside Training Ltd Hours : 8.45am - 4.30pm Monday Friday. AB World Food Hours - shift patterns will vary and may include mornings, afternoons and night shifts in the later stage of your apprenticeship. Shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    12 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The Engineering Apprentice will be targeted at the Multi Skilled Engineer role. During your apprenticeship you will undertake a wide range of duties and training which will build on your academic qualification to develop your practical skills thereby enabling you to work competently as a Multi-Skilled Engineer.

You will assist the engineering team in complying with all H&S responsibilities, legal compliance, delivering efficiencies, continuous improvements and the routine / non-routine maintenance activities associated with all the manufacturing plant and equipment - including filling lines, frying / packaging equipment, extruder and powder handling equipment.

Key Accountabilities:

*  Be proactive towards health and safety, work within defined Safe Systems of Work, to input into improvement of health and safety, to demonstrate the correct health and safety behaviours and report near misses and unsafe acts.

* Ensure that all Health & Safety, HACCP and COSHH standards are achieved

*  Ensure self and work areas conform to health & safety legislation, policies and statutory engineering standards

*  To engage with the continuous improvement agenda, seek out new opportunities and take an active role in all CI activities.

*  Deliver planned and reactive maintenance in order to achieve engineering KPIs

*  Maintain Company hygiene and statutory hygiene standards throughout designated areas, working within the principles of basic food hygiene and good housekeeping

*  Attendance at college on a full time basis for the first year followed by day release leading to recognised NVQ  / HNC qualifications over a three to four year period.

*  To become familiar with the site planned maintenance system, completing planned and predictive maintenance tasks throughout the site

*  To assist engineers in any breakdowns or emergencies that may arise

*  Support reactive maintenance and fault finding

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

Apprentices will complete a programme of both theoretical and practical learning over a four-year period. Initially, based at Waterside Training undertaking broad based training during year 1 in Electrical and Mechanical techniques before moving to a programme of working on site for a global organisation with experienced production technician's tackling “real life” activities. You will receive both vocational and academic training on and off site.

During the first year from September 23 to July 24 you will develop your skills and knowledge by attending Waterside Training Limited (WA9 1TW) on a block release basis to carry out foundation training in Electrical and Mechanical techniques working from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30pm

Your academic training will run over the first two years from September 23 to July 25 on City & Guilds Diploma in Engineering. Additional training will also be completed during your apprenticeship to cover the requirements of the programme such as Health & Safety Training, Lean Manufacturing and or specific training as advised by the company.

From July 24, you will commence your full site based training with AB World Foods based at Leigh spending 4 days per week with day release to continue your academic training throughout years 2 and 3. Your site based work will follow the Level 3 Science Industries  Maintenance Technician and you will continue to attend your company site for the remainder of your apprenticeship programme.

You will achieve a Level 3 Science Industry Maintenance Technician Qualification with the option of HNC Level 4 Qualification once completed.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Apprentices have fantastic future prospects within ABWF and the wider ABF group. Possibility of progressing onto a Level 4 qualification (or further) subject to agreed performance criteria. After qualifying you could go on to supervisory roles or senior management.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Time Management


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

Things to consider

This would be a four-year apprenticeship programme. This programme may contain a shift pattern in the latter stages of your apprenticeship involving morning, afternoon and evening shifts. Site Hours; will vary dependant on the company shift patterns. Waterside Training Hours; 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Year 1 will be based at Waterside, St Helens, with years 2 and 3 at AB World Foods. You will need to be able to travel to both Waterside and your site base to carry out specific off the job and on the job training.

About the employer

AB World Foods are a UK producer and global distributor of ethnic foods, dealing with all the major multiples. A flavour producer we produce Indian sauces, pastes and pappadums in a modern, high speed and high volume facility utilising cutting edge technologies. AB World Foods, primarily known as Pataks, based at Leigh produce a wide range of products, primarily under the Pataks brand creating authentic sauces, pickles, chutney and pappadums delivering great branded flavours for consumers across the world; whether it's a Patak's authentic curry, a Blue Dragon stir-fry or a Levi Roots Reggae Reggae sauce


AB World Foods


Kiribati Way



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Training provider



Michelle Lewis


Apprenticeship standard

Science industry maintenance technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Apply Direct through Waterside Training Ltd Website and the team will be in touch to explain the next stages of the recruitment process

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

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Jun 2023