Mechanical Maintenance & Reliability Apprentice CARGILL PLC

As a Mechanical Maintenance & Reliability Apprentice, you will work as part of a team and learn the engineering skills to successfully maintain the reliable operation of plant. You will learn to identify and resolve problems using continuous improvement tools and how to carry out service and repairs on plant equipment in a safe and timely manner.

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Closing date: 01 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Incremental annual increases over the course of the 4 year apprenticeship rising to £32,648 in the 4th year (Based on salary rates as of 2023). Also, private medical insurance, employer contributory pension scheme, Employer Assistance Programme etc.

  • Working week

    8am – 4pm, Mondays to Fridays.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    19 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    11 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

We need dependable, efficient, safety-minded individuals wishing to launch a career in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics). As a Mechanical Maintenance & Reliability Apprentice, you will work as part of an engaged & diverse team, learning the engineering skills to successfully maintain the reliable operation of plant.    

Apprentices in Cargill learn via ‘classroom’ sessions and ‘on the job’, whilst earning a competitive wage, which progresses throughout the course of the programme as skills are learnt and milestones met.

You will study in parallel with your job, training and development.

In addition to the Level 3 Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician standard with a bias towards mechanical content, you will:

  • Receive training in safe and effective plant operations.
  • Learn to identify and resolve problems using continuous improvement tools.
  • Learn how to carry out service and repairs on plant equipment in a safe, timely and efficient manner.
  • Carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on mechanical plant and equipment.
  • Diagnose and determine the faults in mechanical plant and equipment
  • Develop your skills by using a computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) to identify and manage work activities. 
  • Contribute to improvements in site standards by providing your valued feedback.
  • Be part of one of the largest and most successful private companies in the world.
  • In the final year of your apprenticeship, you will also expand your knowledge to include some electrical and instrumentation expertise.

What is as important to us as your qualifications, is that you can demonstrate the key behaviours that we believe are required for you to successfully complete your Apprenticeship.

These are:    

  • The ability to demonstrate a genuine desire to work safely and learn in an engineering/manufacturing environment
  • Good communication skills with a social approach to work
  • Self-motivation to manage your studies alongside your on - the - job training
  • A strong sense of accountability towards your studies and plant based work
  • Inquisitiveness and a strong desire to learn
  • Respectful of all colleagues, valuing difference & eager to learn from others who have different perspectives, backgrounds and/or styles

To find out more about life as an Apprentice at Cargill, check out this link: 

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician Standard to include:

  • Practical Skills training to be delivered at The STEGTA Training Centre in Flixton
  • Portfolio of competence based evidence to meet the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours criteria as outlined in the Standard
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma to be studied at College on a day release basis over 2 years
  • End Point Assessment

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Pipeline for permanent Technician roles on site
  • Potential progression to higher education

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Enjoys working practically, Self motivated


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including English (Grade A*-C / 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths and Science (Grade 6/B) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths or Science (Grade Pass) Desired

Things to consider

Please ensure that you are able to travel to the location of the employer each day before applying. Please do not contact the employer directly - all applications to come via STEGTA.

About the employer

At Cargill, everything begins with our purpose to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Cargill operates some of the most technologically advanced plants in the world. We are proud of our role in the world and the breadth of influence we have as a global business. We understand our collective impact begins with our actions and is felt by our employees and our communities. From every level of our organization, we foster a true sense of allyship by welcoming, supporting, accepting and encouraging every person to be authentically themself. Our Manchester Trafford Park facility predominantly produces ingredients for the food & drink industries. To find out more about Cargill, and the Manchester plant visit:




Guinness Road

Trafford Park


M17 1PA

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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


Sonja Hope

Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

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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