Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeships

Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer

Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer

Posted: 10th Jan, 2019

Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing

This apprenticeship is for individuals who want to develop skills that will enable them to pursue a career maintaining equipment and machinery within the food and drink industry. The apprentice will be taught best practice maintenance approaches and techniques for the food and drink industry.

Once enrolled, the apprentice can choose one of two available specialist pathways to follow; mechanical (testing, fault-finding) or multi-skilled (repairing and welding). Both pathways have core knowledge and skills units which include fluid power systems, thermodynamics, as well as core engineering subjects such as maths and material science.

What's Involved

The apprentice will complete a portfolio of evidence through a blended learning model which will enable preparation for end-point assessment which includes:

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours modules:

Learners will have set criteria to meet in each area whilst on programme. This will be guided by the trainer and supported by the employer.

Functional Skills in maths and English:

These provide practical skills to help gain the most out of work, education and everyday life. Learners will complete written and online tests.

End-point assessment:

The end-point assessment is the final stage of the apprenticeship and is to be completed once the Level 3 Diploma has been achieved. It comprises written and practical tests as well as a professional dialogue and interview.


Following enrollment, learners engage in a blended programme of training and support that will include attendance at group training sessions on a day release (or block release) basis, work-based learning, email and face-to-face support from their trainer/assessor as well as a programme of training devised by the employer.

The length of the programme will differ depending on experience, knowledge and skills development along with the industry skills selected however the course is targeted for completion within 36 – 42 months.

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Avenues of progression include:

  • Further learning in Food & Drink Maintenance (Level 4 and above)
  • Employment opportunities and career progression

What's next...

SBC Training has access to government funding and grants for this apprenticeship.

For free advice and to find out how much financial support your business is eligible for, please contact us.

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