Technical Apprentice J L PRIESTLEY & CO LTD

The job role is learning all key aspects of the Technical team and how the department contributes with regards to food legislation, BRC and customer requirements. Reporting to the Technical Manager and assisting the QA Technologist. Gaining knowledge of the quality management system. Monitoring food safety/manufacturing procedures for the factory.

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Closing date: 29 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    * Wage will be set between £6.40 to £7.00 per hour (approx yearly wage range £11,648.00 to £12740.00). * Salary will be paid monthly. * Bonus based on business and personal performance reviewed each year in January.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm (unpaid 1 hour lunch break to be taken during the working day).

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    15 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Train on how to complete supplier specifications
  • Learn how to develop and continually update a HACCP plan
  • Train on pest control matters, responsibility of the business and the tasks completed by a contractor
  • Learn that incoming goods are to be sampled, checked against specifications and referenced. Samples are sent for laboratory analysis for a range of different tests, including: chemical, microbiological, allergenic, pesticides and heavy metals. Training will be undertaken to understand laboratory reporting techniques, legislation limits and to develop skills on how to trend results
  • Certificates of analysis following results will need to be developed and this information is sent to customers and clients, communication skills are key

* Undertake shelf-life testing and develop an understanding of key characteristics of the ingredients and products.

* Train on how to complete Internal Audits and participate in the Internal auditing program, carrying out own audits to planned BRC schedules, manage corrective actions and responses.

* Supplier & Customer approval: Learn how to manage, monitor and trend the supply chain. Help complete the required client documentation for finished products and also the required information to approve a new supplier or a new raw material. 

* Learn and help implement relevant clauses from the most up to date BRC standard. Help complete and enforce the BRC policies and procedures that have been developed from the BRC standard.

* Factory learning: Learn each of the processes, what equipment is used, quality parameters, what makes our products safe.

* Factory specific tasks, routine specific tasks will be agreed and carried out.

* Commercial focus: Be client focused by looking for ways to help where needed, specifically by supporting the sales team with spec approvals, sales samples, etc.

Key player in pushing J.L.Priestley forward with regards to sustainability and environmental plans and targets, for scope 1 & 2, working with suppliers to control scope 3,

* KPI generating and report writing (technical, environmental, sustainability, H&S).

* Attend food trade shows with key members of staff to showcase the business and learn more of the industry.

* Visit suppliers in UK and abroad as required, accompanied. Learn how to plan and complete a supplier visit report or a full supplier audit.

The training you will be getting

  • Qualification gained at the end of the apprenticeship - Level 3 Food Technologist
  • Training will be led by the University of Lincoln via block release

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • To progress into a fulltime Food Technologist role working within the Technical Department
  • Potential to expand into New Product Development and/or Marketing and Commercial departments, dependent upon the needs of the business

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative, Bring energy and personality, Self-motivated


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Minimum Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Minimum Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade Minimum Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

* Apprenticeship start date is 4th March 2024, however applicants who cannot start until September 2024 due to current studies will also be considered.

About the employer

Established in 1974, J L Priestley and Co Ltd has been a leading supplier of dehydrated vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices. We specialise in supplying whole sale or business to business. We are a BRC AA grade supplier into key blue-chip food businesses. Our ingredients are used in various sections across the food industry, including ready meals, bakery, snacks, meat and fish processors and also pet food. We are based in Sleaford (Lincolnshire) and we purchase raw materials from all over the world.







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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Alan Bayliss

Apprenticeship standard

Food technologist

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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