Apprentice Maintenance Engineering – Orchard Valley Foods Limited (HG2 8QT)

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Apprentice Maintenance Engineer wanted at Orchard Valley Foods (Harrogate)


Assisting with the day to day running and operation of the factory and assisting with the daily preventative planned maintenance task, machine breakdown and repairs.

  • Carrying out the preventative maintenance
  • covering all equipment within the factory
  • routine machinery strip down and replacement of worn parts and bearings
  • machinery operations and inspections
  • electrical systems maintenance
  • installation of new equipment
  • repairs and fault finding and bench work
  • Maintaining a Fulton vertical 10 bar steam boiler which supplies steam to the steam jacketed boiling part used to make fudge, toffee, and honeycomb products

About the Employer

Orchard Valley Foods’ confections, decorations and inclusions enhance confectionery, desserts, ice creams, cakes, cereals, muffins, tray bakes, donuts, cookies and beverages. We constantly innovate to bring new, on-trend, versatile products and novel applications to food manufacturers, bakers, ice cream makers, coffee shops, quick service restaurants and out of home establishments.

We offer the widest range of confections products; we design individualised products based on customer needs; we offer one point of contact for a number of product categories. Our applications development service is comprehensive and tailored to the needs of the customer, with reference to market trends.

Things to Consider

Harrogate: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)


Training to be Delivered

This apprenticeship will be delivered through a mixture of college and work based learning. Successful candidates will attend our Printworks Campus one day per week to learn the skills/ knowledge required to be successful within this role. They will also receive a visit once a month in their place of work from their assessor, where delivery will take place on a one to one basis.

Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technicians covers 7 roles: Electrical Technicians; Mechanical Technicians; Control & Instrumentation Technicians; Wind Turbine Technicians Electrical System and Process Control Technicians; Electromechanical Technicians and Plant Operations Technicians. They will maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment in one or more of the following Industries that are part of or have activities that are part of the broader national infrastructure Engineering Sector.

Employers must satisfy themselves that apprentices are ready for their end point assessment. Apprentices must demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

  • Achieved a minimum Level 2 English and Maths.
  • Satisfactory completion of the formal training plan agreed with the apprentice by the employer.
  • Sufficient evidence in the form of a portfolio to allow the apprentice to consistently demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours as described in the standard.
  • Complete a minimum of 20% of their contracted hours allocated to off the job training.

The end-point assessment is synoptic and takes place at the end of the apprentice’s learning and development (final three months). It will consist of a performance assessment in the workplace – logbook / portfolio of evidence. Knowledge/practical assessments and assignments.

These are carried out after the apprentice has met the required criteria to pass the Gateway process. The apprenticeship is graded a pass, distinction or fail based on performance in the end-point assessment.

Functional Skills qualifications (If required):

  • Functional Skill in English
  • Functional Skill in Maths

+ Employment Rights and Responsibilities

+ Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

This standard will meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) by an appropriate Professional Engineering Institution.

Vacancy Details

Vacancy Location


Apprenticeship Level

Level 3

Employer Name

Orchard Valley Foods

Employer Address

Orchard Valley Foods Limited

Expected Duration

42 months plus 3 months EPA

Working Week

Monday to Friday 8:00-16:00

Weekly Hours


Wage Amount

£18,525 Yearly

What You Need

Desired Qualifications

A-C in English and Maths

Personal Qualities

  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Taking pride in your work
  • Effective communication
  • Desire
  • Commitment to learn

Future Prospects

Becoming part of a growing company in the engineering department.

Date Posted


Leeds City College