Engineering Apprenticeship KEPAK GROUP LIMITED

Kepak has some exciting opportunities for people looking to launch their careers in Engineering. We need to get our amazing products onto the shelves for consumers as quickly as possible to enjoy, and our Maintenance team are a key function to make that to happen.

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

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Closing date: 26 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,312.00 to £23,795.20

    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 to Friday 9am to 5pm initially then moving to shifts as required

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    27 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Some of the duties that the apprentice will complete include:

  • To carry out effective Planned Preventative Maintenance as directed
  • To carry out maintenance and rectification works following audits, inspections, and production reports.
  • Working to make continual improvements to plant and equipment to reduce repeat common point failures and improve site efficiencies.
  • Keeping workshops, plant rooms and engineering storage areas to a standard that exceeds the requirements of internal and external audits.
  • Keeping workshop tools and equipment serviceable, clean, and ready for use to meet the requirements for tool control.
    To keep up to date records of work completed on paper based and computer systems.
  • All accountabilities support the engineering function which in turn reduces production down time and allows the department to meet its goals and objectives.
  • Responsible for highlighting any additional spare parts required to carry out tasks. Spares usage is monitored against each team member by way of monthly KPIs.
  • Report any risks or any evidence of unsafe or out of specification product, equipment, packaging, or raw materials, to a designated manager to enable the resolution of issues requiring immediate action.

The training you will be getting

Some of the things that the apprentice will learn include:

  • Understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculations in a maintenance environment and the type of equipment being maintained.
  • Understand mechanical, electrical, electronic, fluid power and process control principles in a mechatronics maintenance environment.
  • Understand how equipment being maintained functions and operating parameters in individual components and how they interact.
  • Understand fault diagnostic methods, techniques and equipment used when maintaining equipment and systems.
  • Understand condition monitoring methods and equipment used and understand how the information gained.
  • Supports the planning of maintenance activities.
    Understand how to minimise machinery downtime by implementing planned preventative maintenance programmes.
  • The Apprentice will complete a Level 3 National Diploma in Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance as part of their apprenticeship

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • The expected progression is into an Engineer. There is then potential to become an Engineering manager in the future

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

About the employer

Kepak Group is an Irish company and one of Europe’s leading meat processors. Kepak have a portfolio of market leading brands including Rustlers, Big Al’s, John Stone, Stript Snacks and Celtic Beef. At Kepak, our ambition to grow as a business is equaled only by our ambition to grow the careers and personal satisfaction of our people.




Unit 9

Cooksland Industrial Estate


PL31 2QB


Cian Short


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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

You apply online and complete your personal details and upload a CV. We will then hold an assessment centre

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

Apply now

Closing date: 26 Apr 2024