Apprentice Engineering Manufacturing Technician PRIMA CHEESE LTD

Our Engineering Staff play a crucial role in our operation, maintaining high standards across the plant. Join us as an apprentice to gain engineering skills over 5 years, balancing college education with hands-on experience in our fast-paced logistics environment.

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Closing date: 26 Apr 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 (8:00AM – 4:00PM) You will have a 30 minute break.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    13 May 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will work under the guidance of the Engineering & Facilities Manager, focusing on various key responsibilities. Your primary duties will include maintaining site facilities and production equipment to ensure optimal functionality and safety standards. Additionally, you'll actively participate in improvement projects aimed at enhancing efficiency, reliability, and performance across the facility. This hands-on role offers valuable opportunities to develop technical skills, problem-solving abilities, and project management capabilities essential for a successful career in engineering.

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)

You will have day release one day a week at Sunderland College's City Campus for further training.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

This position could lead to a permanent role within the Engineering department. Also, further, to become a controls specialist with the future prospect of Production Automation.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Team working, Highly organised, Detail orientated, Ability to work under pressure, Ability to work independently


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential

Things to consider

Consider how you will get to work everyday.

About the employer

Prima Cheese is a rapidly expanding food production company rooted in a robust and proud family heritage. While our primary focus lies in Pizza Cheese, which serves as our core business, we have diversified our offerings to include a range of other dairy products, catering primarily to the foodservice and food manufacturing markets.








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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


Sophie Gray

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

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