Multi-Skilled Engineering Apprentice - Ellesmere ABP UK

Join ABP as a Multi-skilled Engineering Apprentice and embark on a structured 4 -year program to become a qualified Maintenance Engineer with an OAL Level 3 qualification in Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance. This programme will support your development in both Electrical and Mechanical engineering.

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

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Closing date: 03 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, (with specific timings to be confirmed at interview) with progression onto the Engineering shift-pattern. Exact shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Your main responsibilities involve maintaining machinery and equipment specific to meat processing. This includes conducting planned and predictive maintenance to ensure optimal production levels, responding to breakdowns promptly, and identifying faults in meat processing equipment.
  • You actively contribute to machinery changeovers and set-ups, manufacturing and repairing component parts, and supporting continuous improvement projects. Decommissioning and commissioning meat processing equipment, as well as participating in technical performance reviews, are integral aspects of your duties.
  • Your role emphasises adherence to food safety regulations, health and safety standards, and environmental considerations within the unique context of meat processing.
  • Throughout your Engineering apprenticeship, you will be working with innovative technology that’s shaping the meat industry and helping ABP be recognised as market leaders in our field.

The training you will be getting

  • Under the guidance of the Site Engineering Manager, you'll spend dedicated blocks of learning at a national apprenticeship provider’s state-of-the-art facility within the Midlands, gaining hands-on experience and academic learning. You’ll then return to the site to apply your knowledge, working closely with the on-site engineering team and a dedicated mentor.
  • Please note: The location of the training facility in Coventry in the West Midlands where you will go on a 20-week block release from September to January in Year 1, followed by three additional shorter blocks in Year 2 and Year 3. Accommodation is provided at no cost.
  • This apprenticeship aligns with The Institution of Engineering and Technology for Engineering Technician (EngTech)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

This apprenticeship offers a gateway to a rewarding engineering career at ABP. Upon completion, you'll be equipped with extensive experience and qualifications, opening doors to various roles within the engineering field. With over 18 sites across the UK and Northern Ireland, opportunities may arise for development and grown within the business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A* - C / 9 - 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A* - C / 9 - 5) Essential
A Level or equivalent Engineering (Grade Pass/Merit/Distinction) Desired
BTEC or equivalent Engineering (Grade Pass/Merit/Distinction) Desired

About the employer

ABP UK is part of ABP Food Group, one of Europe’s leading food producers, providing quality beef and lamb to thousands of customers worldwide. Since 1954, ABP has had a reputation for quality and innovation, supplying fresh and frozen meat products to retailers, discounters and wholesale customers. Our people are the driving force behind our success. We’re committed to ensuring everyone in our business has the best opportunities to thrive and create a bright future for our industry.




The Abattoir



SY12 9BL


Kate Taylor

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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

Food and drink maintenance engineer

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: 03 Mar 2024