Apprentice Manufacturing Engineer ESSENTIAL CUISINE LIMITED

You will be part of the team directly supporting the Manufacturing department in achieving the production plan, responding to machine faults, preventative maintenance as part of an ongoing prevention programme and driving to improve machinery consistency and performance.

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Closing date: 06 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £8,236.80 to £16,255.20

    Pay review after completion of first year.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    7.5 hours (4 days p/week) Between 06:00 and 18:00, exact working days and hours TBC

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    01 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Essential Cuisine have the opportunity to offer a work placement for an Engineering apprentice, who is working towards becoming a qualified Maintenance or Operations Engineering Technician. 

You will be somebody who is a driven individual who enjoys a challenge and is determined to become a great engineer. Having the right attitude is key to fitting in here. You will work alongside experienced engineers who will mentor and encourage you in your development. You will report directly to the Engineering manager.

A typical day will involve:

  • Patrolling the factory floor monitoring the production machines and liaising with operators to discuss any issues
  • Responding to machine faults
  • Carrying out preventative maintenance tasks
  • Targeted small project work (waste reduction/improvements)
  • Assessing trainee operators for sign off
  • Assisting in project related work
  • Signing in and escorting contractors on-site
  • Workshop organisation & cleaning
  • Learning about the production machinery
  • Assisting with equipment installs

The above list does not cover everything but gives an idea of routine tasks.

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

On the job training plus the candidate will follow a Level 3 Apprenticeship programme and study towards a full Standard as a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician. This training will be structured and delivered by Cheshire College - South & West. If the candidate does not hold GCSE grades A*-C (9-4) or equivalent, they will be required to complete a Level 2 Functional Skill in the relevant subject.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Full-time employment opportunity, although not guaranteed, is a possibility.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Honest and hard working, Approachable, Flexible approach to workload


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

Things to consider

As we are based in Winsford, please ensure getting to work will not be an issue, before applying.

About the employer

FOOD MANUFACTURING FACILITY. Manufacturing quality stocks and sauces for Hotels, Pubs, Restaurants, Healthcare sector, Education, Contract caterers and Casual dining.




Browning Way Woodford Park Industrial Estate




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Training provider



Miss Sophie Foreman


Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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