Engineering Technician Apprenticeship MCCAIN FOODS (G.B.) LIMITED

Come and #LearnAndEarn at one of the world’s best frozen food companies. Working alongside first-class engineers combining practical engineering experience with industry-recognised qualification.

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

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Closing date: 14 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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

    Monday - Friday, shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    18 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

We’re engineering careers. And we’re looking for people to come and help build the future of McCain.

If you’re an active problem solver who loves to see their projects come to life, a career in engineering could be for you!

We’re looking for the next generation of engineering talent who want practical experience in a fast-paced environment. You’ll work alongside our highly skilled maintenance engineers shadowing them and learning how we operate a smooth running operation.

The McCain Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme is a four-year multi-skilled programme – available at our sites in Scarborough, Hull, Grantham, Whittlesey (near Peterborough) and Wombourne (near Wolverhampton).

To be considered for this apprenticeship, the following will apply:

  • Must be 18 or over on commencement of the apprenticeship
  • Willing to learn new skills and adapt to change
  • Self-discipline in meeting stretching targets and deadlines
  • Logical approach to fault-finding
  • Conscientious
  • Enthusiasm to learn and to work with others
  • Punctual

Day release to a technical training centre will begin from Year one and as an apprentice, you will be expected to complete college-based elements in addition to hands-on core modular training.

You’ll work towards a multi-skilled NVQ and BTEC Level 3, alongside either the Mechatronics apprenticeship pathway. The scheme will also offer training in modules bespoke to McCain and the potato industry.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Working at McCain offers lots of potential future opportunities including:

  • Growing to senior positions and getting involved with exciting projects
  • Moving into other departments and exploring an even wider range of work
  • Developing your leadership skills and becoming a McCain leader, making decisions on how we operate and creating a great working environment
  • Seeing the world by working at one of McCain’s other locations across the globe

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Logical, Attention to detail


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 9-5) Essential

Things to consider

Working in a factory can be noisy, but ear-defenders are provided and must be worn. For specific tasks, conditions will vary. You could find yourself working in a part of the factory that is hot, cold, or wet. Personal Protective Equipment is provided where appropriate. You may be asked to work beyond allotted hours in order to complete a task.

About the employer

We are passionate about potatoes. But we’re even more passionate about our People! For over 60 years we’ve been the number one branded player in frozen potato market. When it comes to bringing the nation together at mealtimes with simple, delicious and great tasting food we’re kind of a big deal! You won’t just find us in supermarkets though. As well as owning a household retail brand, our respected foodservice business works in close partnership with distributors, chefs and caterers across thousands of the country’s pubs, restaurants, hospitals and schools. From our humble beginnings in the rural community of Florenceville, Canada, McCain Foods is now a global business! We have operations within six continents, with plant sites and offices across the world.




McCain Foods (GB) Ltd, Heath Mill Road, Wombourne



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Training provider


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

Apprenticeship standard

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

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 14 Mar 2024