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Engineering

Apprentice

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Be part of a fast-growing, interesting and diverse business

As an Engineering Maintenance Apprentice working at Danish Crown’s Bugle site, you’ll be learning and developing all the skills you need for a successful career in Engineering. This is an exciting opportunity to join the UK’s leading food solutions business, helping to deliver excellent standards for our customers. Our apprenticeship programme provides an unrivalled level of support and training, with full-time employment being offered on successful completion of the programme, and the potential for further progression within the company.

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Danish Crown, part of the Danish Crown Group, is one of the largest producers of meat in the world. With over 125 years of industry expertise, we have a proud heritage which is reflected in the superior quality of our produce, and our investment in people. We strive to deliver consistency on both quality and service, aiming to achieve operational excellence through our people and systems. Our people are our key asset; we passionately believe in providing ‘an opportunity for all’, with outstanding training and development offered at every level and role across our business. 

What you’ll be doing

Your time will be split between learning on-the-job at our Bugle site, and attending external training in three six-week blocks throughout the year. This technical training is held at Birmingham Metropolitan College, where you’ll working towards your Level 3 qualification in Food and Drink Maintenance Engineering (we’ll cover your travel and accommodation costs).

You’ll be working with mechanical and electrical equipment plus highly automated programmable control systems. Depending on the type of product and plant in the company, engineering activities carried out will include:

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Routine maintenance to optimise food and drink production levels

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Fault finding and diagnosis, repairing and replacing components where necessary

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Testing and commissioning to ensure operations/equipment are safe, efficient and legally compliant

The apprenticeship programme lasts approximately 4 years. You’ll be working 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday. Shifts are 7.5 hours per day from 7:30am – 4:00pm, with two 30 minute breaks.

As you progress through the apprenticeship programme your hours may be aligned to our patterns to ensure you gain operational experience.

What we’re looking for

We’re after self-motivated and enthusiastic people with a positive attitude to work. You’ll be confident working autonomously, taking responsibility for your own tasks and also working effectively within a team. In addition to this, we’re looking for:

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5 GCSE qualifications at grade C or above, including Maths and English or equivalent (Maths must be grade B or above)

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Science background would be an advantage

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Strong communication skills with a pleasant telephone manner

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Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills

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Attentive listener with the ability to follow instructions

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Punctual and reliable

What we can offer you

We’re passionate about investing in our people, actively promoting progression and development within the business and supporting people to achieve their full potential. Once you’ve completed your training, we’ll offer you a full-time position as a qualified Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer.

Everyone on our training programme aged 18 and over is paid the National Living Wage of £7.83 per hour. On top of this, there’s plenty of great benefits to joining Danish Crown:

  • Mentoring and support
  • 28 days holiday
  • Life assurance
  • Long service awards
  • Rewards scheme
  • Subsidised restaurant & vending machines
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free on-site parking

This is an amazing opportunity for people who have the ambition and attitude to succeed. If you want a career with one of the best businesses in the industry, working for a company that truly cares about its people, then this is the job for you!

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