Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Apprentice Barbers Farmhouse

We have a vacancy for a Food and Drink Maintenance Engineering Apprentice. Reporting to the Maintenance Manager in Ditcheat, you will be starting your career within a skilled and talented maintenance department that has lots of knowledge about operations within the dairy industry.

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Closing date: 21 Jul 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 to Friday, working 40hrs to 42.5hrs per week, depending on age. TBC.

    Total hours per week: 42.5

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    03 Jul 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

·       Performing maintenance tasks alongside a fully skilled engineer, as an assistant in a learning capacity

·       As your skills improve, jobs will be undertaken with the fully skilled engineer being your assistant and mentor.

·       On qualifying you will have a knowledge of the manufacturing and packing operations at Ditcheat and the Ford Farms site.

The training you will be getting

In conjunction with Bridgwater & Taunton College:

Apprenticeship is for 3-4 years:

Diploma in food and drink engineering maintenance
Level: 3

Years 1-3 attending College in year 1 – 3 days per week,

Year 2  College attendance 2 days per

Year 3   College attendance 1 day per week, remaining hours will be based at our sites.

Year 4 is the End Point Assessment year, and you will be assessed on our sites.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Expected progression is within our Maintenance Team as one of our multi skilled engineers.

You will be looking after our cheese, whey, butter and whey powder manufacturing plants.

You will also be looking after the services that support these: steam, air and water, etc;

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Integrity and honesty, Good time management, Self motivated, Work independently


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade C/4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

Please consider how you will get to work and to College.

About the employer

Barbers Cheesemakers is the oldest and largest family-owned cheddar makers in the world and produce our award-winning cheeses in the same dairy that we did back in 1833! Our aim is to cultivate and nurture a family of employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders inspired to produce and promote worldwide, consistently great quality British cheese and dairy products of integrity, provenance and innovation.


Barbers Farmhouse


Maryland Farm

Smiths Lane

Shepton Mallet


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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


Jerald Callan


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

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