Manufacturing Technician Apprentice Allied Bakeries

Waterside Training in partnership with AB World Foods based at Leigh has five fantastic opportunities for apprentices to join their production team to support the manufacturing operations as Manufacturing Technician Apprentices. Fully employed while completing a Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician qualification.

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

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Closing date: 17 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £14,900.00

    The advertised Apprentice wage will increase yearly or upon completion of progressive stage. Apprentices have fantastic future prospects within ABWF and the wider ABF group. After qualifying you could go on to supervisory roles or senior management

  • Working week

    Waterside Hours 1st Years: 8.45am - 4.30pm, Monday - Friday. AB World Foods Site Hours; will vary dependant on shift patterns. This shift pattern in the later stages of your apprenticeship will involve morning, afternoon and evening shifts.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    23 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000233463

  • Positions

    5 available

What you will do in your working day

As a Technician you will cover roles within the Paste, Pappadum and Sauce teams with the aim to understand and gain experience in each of the core roles of Sauce/Paste Batching Technician, Sauce Filling Technician, Pappadum Extrusion Technician within the factory. 

The three-year programme has an exciting, blended learning approach of in-the-classroom and on-the-job training right at the heart of an enormous global manufacturing operation.  You will cover broad based training and grounding in Electrical and Mechanical skills alongside maintenance, lean manufacturing and business improvement techniques at Waterside Training in St Helens with years 2/3 working on plant at Leigh alongside qualified technicians tackling “real life” activities. 

The apprenticeship will be targeted at the Technician role, reporting to the Team Leaders, the aim will be for the apprentice to understand each of the core roles and also gain experience of the support roles within the factory and the Paste, Pappadum and Sauce teams.

  • Operating key pieces of equipment on the line working on highly automated plant and equipment.  Technician’s are at the heart of the manufacturing and business processes, without this key role no product would be developed or produced.
  • You will support the manufacturing process by working within a team to carry out preparation, start up, operation and close down including product changeovers and handovers.
  • Completing regular quality and process control checks.

All tasks must be completed in a manner to achieve the safe, hygienic, efficient and best-cost manufacture of all designated products to the required quality, specification and quantity.

  • You must also be proactive towards Health & Safety within the Safe System of Work and engage with our continuous improvement agenda working within our quality parameters to ensure good quality output
  • Carrying out analytical tests during production and making any necessary adjustments to machine settings or products to meet agreed quality standards.  

To be a Technician you need to have a good understanding of Engineering techniques to be able to resolve problems with machinery and or production processes.

  • Being proactive to Health and Safety working within defined safe systems of work, improving health and safety and demonstrating the correct behaviours and report unsafe acts. 
  • You will engage with the continuous improvement agenda seeking out new opportunities to take an active role in all CI activities working to set standards in a FMCG facility to control and set machinery.
  • You will work towards total Quality Assurance by ensuring all hygiene tasks are carried out and maintained in a clean and tidy state, proactively report pest control issues and manage process quality parameters to ensure good quality output. 

The training you will be getting

Apprentices will complete a programme of both theoretical and practical learning over a three-year period.

Initially, based at Waterside Training undertaking broad based training during year 1 in Electrical and Mechanical techniques alongside Lean Manufacturing and Business Improvement techniques before moving to a programme of working on site for a global organisation with experienced production technician's tackling “real life” activities.

You will receive both vocational and academic training on and off site. To be a Manufacturing Technician you need to have a good understanding of Engineering techniques to be able to resolve problems with machinery and or production processes.

During the first year from September 24 to July 25 you will develop your skills and knowledge by attending Waterside Training Limited (WA9 1TW) on a block release basis to carry out foundation training in Electrical and Mechanical techniques working from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30pm

Your academic training will run over the first two years from September 24 to July 26 on City & Guilds Diploma in Engineering.

Additional training will also be completed during your apprenticeship to cover the requirements of the programme such as Health & Safety Training, Lean Manufacturing and or specific training as advised by the company.

From July 25, you will commence your full site based training with AB World Foods based at Leigh spending 4 days per week with day release to continue your academic training throughout years 2 and 3. Your site based work will follow the Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician and you will continue to attend your company site for the remainder of your apprenticeship programme.

Whilst on site, dependent on the company, you may work a shift pattern involving morning, afternoon and night shifts with fixed holidays and bank holidays.

Waterside will assign you a mentor/assessor to guide you through the apprenticeship and carry out six weekly reviews along with guiding you through your standards through portfolio building, technical discussions, observations to check competency levels prior to embarking on the End Point Assessment.

You will achieve a Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician qualification over the 3 years of your apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The advertised Apprentice wage will increase yearly or upon completion of progressive stages. Apprentices have fantastic future prospects within ABWF and the wider ABF group. Possibility of progressing onto a Level 4 qualification (or further) subject to agreed performance criteria. After qualifying you could go on to supervisory roles or senior management.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Engineering (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

This would be a three-year apprenticeship programme. This programme may contain a shift pattern in the latter stages of your apprenticeship involving morning, afternoon and evening shifts. Site Hours; will vary dependant on the company shift patterns. Waterside Training Hours; 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Year 1 will be based at Waterside, St Helens, with years 2 and 3 at AB World Foods. You will need to be able to travel to both Waterside and your site base to carry out specific off the job and on the job training.

About the employer

AB World Foods are a UK producer and global distributor of ethnic foods, dealing with all the major multiples. A flavour producer we produce Indian sauces, pastes and pappadums in a modern, high speed and high volume facility utilising cutting edge technologies. AB World Foods, primarily known as Pataks, based at Leigh produce a wide range of products, primarily under the Pataks brand creating authentic sauces, pickles, chutney and pappadums delivering great branded flavours for consumers across the world; whether it's a Patak's authentic curry, a Blue Dragon stir-fry or a Levi Roots Reggae Reggae sauce.

Employer

Allied Bakeries

Address

Kiribati Way

Leigh

WN7 5RS

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Training

Training provider

ST HELENS COLLEGE

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

Contact

Michelle Lewis

mlewis@waterside-training.co.uk

01744616837

Apprenticeship standard

Science manufacturing 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

Apply direct through Waterside Training Ltd Website and our team will contact you to explain the next stages of the recruitment process

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

Apply now

Closing date: 17 May 2024