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Apprentice Maintenance Engineer

Unilever 6 Apr 2018
Sharnbrook | England, United Kingdom Engineering

Job Description

Vacancy Title: Apprentice Maintenance Engineer

Location: Sharnbrook (Bedford)

No. of Vacancies: 3

Salary: £16,890 annually

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Apprenticeship: Development – Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Standard

Duration of Apprenticeship: 4 Years

Start Date: Immediate

Role Description:

The programme lasts four years and as an R&D Refreshment Advanced Apprentice you will work with the R&D Refreshment teams and support the manufacture of tea based drinks and ice cream products at pilot plant scale. Over the four years you will study part-time, whilst experiencing work across a range of different roles using some of the most innovative, modern and technically advanced equipment for the manufacture of new ice cream or tea-based drinks products at our world-class pilot-plant and precision engineering prototyping facility.

This is an exciting area to work with the overall aim of delivering new drink or ice cream products that delight our consumers, whilst improving sustainability and competitiveness of Unilever.


  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Maintenance Engineering. In addition to obtaining a NVQ Level 3, Apprentices will specialise in one of the following
  • Mechanical maintenance engineering – develop more detailed skills in the fabrication, machining & repair of complex precision equipment and systems
  • Multi-skilled maintenance engineering – develop more detailed skills in the testing of electrical equipment and circuits, instrumentation, data acquisition, process control systems, programmable controllers and servo-drives
  • The apprenticeships consists of part time study at a training provider chosen by the site and on site experience working with experienced engineering team
  • There will be a level of travel required for the role and expenses covered by the site
  • Completion of the programme will ensure you have the knowledge and skills to work safely and effectively as part of a world class team preparing and operating the pilot plant and all associated rapid prototyping & precision engineering equipment and systems. It will also provide the skills for further development via higher apprenticeships that are available at Colworth, or for work in other areas of the product development process, or for a career in the full-scale food and drink manufacturing environment

Future prospects

This company are keen to progress apprentices throughout the business and are eager for you to be able to train and develop as much as possible.

Personal qualities and skills:

Desired skills:

You must have:

  • A good level of Maths, Chemistry, Physics and English skills
  • A basic understanding of Engineering

 Personal qualities:

You must:

  • Show a genuine interest in Food & Drink ingredients
  • Have an interest in fixing things
  • Have an interest in general engineering
  • Have the passion to succeed
  • Be able to take on challenging work outside of your comfort zone

Qualifications required:

You must have at least 6 GCSES’s at GRADE C or above – including Maths, Chemistry, Physics and English.

If you only have a predicted grades please state this in your application.

Other relevant information:  By submitting this application you confirm that any personal information included is accurate and up-to-date.

More Info: Call 01536 408188 and talk to our Apprentice Recruitment Officer.

Job Types: Engineering.

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