Apprentice Biogas Plant Operator MERRIVALE ENERGY LIMITED

To undertake the key operations at a farm-based biogas plant, feeding the plant and taking daily records and checks. Maintaining machinery at the plant and other operational tasks on the linked arable farm. Collecting manure feedstocks from neighbouring farms. Drying the digestate fibre and loading, distributing. Learn about renewable energy.

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Closing date: 16 Aug 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

    At least 30 hours per week. Minimum of 2 weeks/ month to be worked. Days and shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To load the plant with the required feedstocks of the ration using a large loading shovel.
  • To check the operating process, recording output and other data points and, as and where necessary, adjusting the input feed, controls of the plant, its mixing system and CHP engine to maintain performance and optimize the plant’s output.
  • Support drier operations at the plant by loading and unloading digestate fibre or other products via the drier and periodic out-loading to bulk lorries and other packaging units for the end users.
  • Out-loading of grain lorries on the linked arable farm and other field operations during harvest and cultivation periods as required.
  • Repair technologically advanced machinery and equipment which typically may include; power units, power trains, plant, machinery, equipment and their components.
  • Carry out a risk assessment, identify risks and implement a plan to reduce hazard.

The training you will be getting

  • On-the-job training
  • Off-the-job training
  • Level 3 Land-based Service Engineer

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Full time position available when apprenticeship is finished
  • Growing business and other opportunities may be available for the right individual

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Analytical skills, Team working, Observant, Diligent


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

Things to consider

No public transport so own car would be preferable. Maybe long hours eg at harvest time

About the employer

Merrivale Energy is a farm-based renewable energy generator, producing low carbon electricity and heat from a biogas plant. Anaerobic digestion (also known as “AD”) sits at the heart of the circular economy, treating food waste, sewage, and agricultural wastes, including manures and slurries, to create valuable products







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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


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Apprenticeship standard

Land-based service 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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