Engineering Apprenticeships
Starting Salary £14,561 + Benefits


The Role and Department


Our Engineering staff are key to ensuring the smooth operation of the manufacturing facilities.


During the apprenticeship in our Engineering Team you will be given the tools, coaching and support, to become a full member of the team.


You will work in a supported learning environment to develop the skills and knowledge that will assist you to complete your qualification and secure employment and progress in your career in the future.


You will work alongside the Maintenance Engineering Team and assist in conducting maintenance operations at apetito’s production and associated sites.


Engineering activities that are carried out will include routine maintenance, fault finding and diagnosis, testing and commissioning. Maintenance activities must contribute to optimising food production levels.


Working with mechanical and electrical equipment including highly automated programmable control systems. Utilising Information Communication (ICT) as directed.


Qualification Programme details:


Qualification Name: Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician (MOET), Level: 3 (Standard)

Apprenticeship Level - Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Expected Duration – 4 years

Training Provider – Wiltshire College

Travel Required – 1 day per week to the Chippenham Campus to complete off site study

Future Prospects - You will be employed on a full time permanent contract with apetito from day one. After successful completion of the apprenticeship your career and development will continue with us.


Who We are

About apetito

apetito is the UK’s leading supplier of food to the health and social care sectors. Servicing over 400 hospitals, 450 care homes and thousands more through our work with Local Authorities, we produce delicious, nutritious and sustainable meals for people at home or in care. Through our food we look to ‘make a real difference’ to all our customers, up and down the country.

Our Values

Established in 1958, as a family-owned business, our values sit at the very heart of what we do. We are proud to be a business that ‘makes a real difference’, committed to producing ‘great food to be proud of’. We have developed a range of products designed to ‘enhance health and well-being’ for all our customers. We are proud supporters of British food and farming and focus on using the best ‘ethical and sustainably’ sourced produce.

We are driven by a ‘passion for service’, dedicated to feeding some of the UK’s most vulnerable people, offering healthy and delicious meals to customers across the UK.

Ethical & Sustainable

As a business which operates within food manufacturing, we believe we have an obligation to make a positive contribution on society. With over 300 products in our range, we ensure our produce is ethically and sustainably sourced, working only with suppliers who share our commitment to making a positive impact.

We’re a proud member of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI), a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs, that promote respect for workers rights globally. All our new suppliers now operate under the ETI’s guidelines.

We are also a member of The UK’s Plastics Pact, an initiative looking to transform the plastic packaging industry in the UK. As part of the initiative, we have committed, along with other ambitious targets, to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic completely by 2025.

We have also made a commitment to our employees – we’re recognised as an accredited Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation. Joining an elite group of FTSE 100 companies and public sector organisations.

Giving Back

Here at apetito, we take our duty to give back to our local communities and chosen charities very seriously. In 2018, we raised over £30,000 for Alzheimer’s Support and Alzheimer’s Society alone, thanks to the incredible efforts of our employees and charity committee. We also support our communities through the apetito Staff Foundation, which gives financial support to the chosen charitable causes of our staff and their children. Since 2005, we’ve raised over £175,000 for these charities.


  • Undertake a development programme leading to a National Vocational Qualification as part of the apprenticeship
  • You will actively participate in your own development plan; this will be agreed with both your line manager and the assessor from the training provider
  • Working under supervision to learn maintenance engineering skills including both scheduled maintenance and reactive repairs and preparing and reviewing relevant reports and documentation
  • To undertake relevant training on and operate plant as directed
  • To perform first line routine mechanical maintenance, including removing and replacing components, cleaning, lubrication, inspection and fault finding
  • Apply ‘best practice’ techniques, e.g. condition monitoring and proactive maintenance.
  • Produce replacement components, using manual and machine processes
  • Weld stainless steel and other materials used in food production equipment
  • Commission and perform maintenance of instrumentation / process control systems.
  • Perform first line electrical maintenance, including testing, fault finding, repairing and replacing components
  • Perform maintenance of programmable control systems
  • To take part in meeting, supervision and training as requested by the manager
  • To use information technology systems to carry out duties in the most efficient and effective manner
  • To achieve personal appraisal targets, as agreed by your line manager
  • To undertake training and constructively take part in meetings, supervision and other events designed to improve communication and assist with the effective development of the post and the post holder
  • To carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with apetito’s Policies and Procedures (as described in the company handbook)
  • To comply with food safety legislation and understand the features of working with consumable products and how this affects food industry maintenance practices
  • To carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with apetito’s Health and Safety Policy and relevant Health and Safety Legislation




Hold or have predicted grades for Math’s, English and a Science at grade A-C.

Be willing and able to pass an entrance test in Math’s and English equivalent to GCSE grade C.


Personal Qualities:


  • Able and willing to follow instruction and learn new tasks
  • Able to work flexibly as part of a team
  • Willing to learn and take responsibility for their development
  • Willing to organise own workload
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic and excellent time keeping
  • Good team player
  • You will need to have enthusiasm, drive and commitment
  • Able to attend work at the required times
  • Able to communicate both written and orally and to present information clearly and concisely with good attention to detail
  • Committed to completing a 4 year apprenticeship in Maintenance and to attend college to undertake the studying and coursework required to complete the course (this may include day release/block attendance)


  • Food processing / manufacturing and product knowledge
  • Understanding of how to comply with regulations, including food safety and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points)
  • The impact of customer requirements and demands on the food supply chain
  • Materials science, including the key features of raw materials, their uses in food production and types of equipment used to process them
  • Principles of electrical systems, including their uses, safety and legislation
  • Services and utilities knowledge, including the importance and impact of energy management and pollution control in food production


  • Location

    Wiltshire-Trowbridge, UK

  • Contract

    Permanent (Full-Time)

  • Closing date

    20th March 2019

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