Grupo Bimbo

Apprentice Engineer – GRUPO BIMBO UK LIMITED

Apprentice multi skilled engineer within the maintenance department executing improvement and preventative activities including responding to breakdowns in a fast moving 24/7 environment. You will work towards a Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer apprenticeship standard.

Reference number: VAC001843007


Wage – £13,500.00 per annum
Duration – 42 Months
Start date – 05 September 2022
Posted – 12/05/2022

Working Week:

Days and shifts to be confirmed. Total hours per week: 37.50.

Apprenticeship level




The Level 3 Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance apprenticeship programme lasts four years, and mixes block release at Kirklees College (Huddersfield), with on the job work experience within the engineering department at New York Bakery in Swinton, Mexborough, part of the Grupo Bimbo organisation which is the largest Bakery product manufacturer in the world.

If successful at the end of the program you will have the following knowledge, skills and understanding to be a Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer:

  • Food Processing/Manufacturing and Product Knowledge (to meet company requirements e.g., Dairy/Confectionary/Meat Processing)
  • Legislation and regulations in the food and drink industry, including understanding of; Food Safety, Health and Safety, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), Threat Assessment Critical Control Point (TACCP) and Vulnerability Assessment Critical Control Point (VACCP)
  • Basic principles of sustainability and environmental legislation
  • The impact of customer requirements and demands on the food chain
  • The key principles of cleaning and hygiene processes cover both Cleaning in Place (CIP) and cleaning out of place systems
  • The key principles of quality management systems and processes
  • The key principles of Continuous Improvement (CI) Management
  • Materials science, including the key features of raw materials, their own uses in foods production and types of equipment used to process them
  • Types of best practice maintenance approaches and techniques in the food and drink industry
  • The principles of fault finding
  • The operation of mechanical equipment in the food and drink industry
  • How to produce replacement components
  • The function of fluid power systems
  • The operation of heat exchange equipment
  • The principles of cutting and welding in the food and drink industry
  • Principles of electrical systems, including their uses, safety, and legislation
  • Services and utilities knowledge, including the importance and importance of energy management and pollution control in food production

Future prospects

  • Following completion of the apprenticeship the applicant will be expected to take up a position as a shift based multi skilled engineer
  • Following further development, possibilities exist in various maintenance supervision and management positions, manufacturing, and Project management

Things to consider

  • Throughout, and on completion of training one or more of the following shift patterns will be worked: Mondays to Fridays 37.5 hrs earlies/lates or days Continentals – 12 hrs. two days two nights four off
  • Good level of health and physically fit with potential working at height and confined space activity
  • Applicants must be 18 or above in order to apply due to the time spent living away from home whilst studying at college. Accommodation will be arranged and paid for by college and Grupo Bimbo

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Problem-solving skills
Good communication skills
Can do attitude
Practical aptitude
Practical approach
Confident self-starter
Ability to work accurately
Safe working, ensures safety of self and others, food safe, challenges safety issues
Ownership of work accepts responsibility, is proactive, plans work
Pride in work: integrity, aims for excellence, time management
Self-development: links own objectives to support the business, seeks learning and development opportunities
Integrity and respect: for colleagues, good communication with managers
Working within a team builds good relationships with others
Effective communication: with colleagues/managers, in writing, visually, verbally


A level (or equivalent) in a science/technical subject area GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English, maths, and Physics.

About the employer

Grupo Bimbo

Swinton Meadows Industrial Estate, Meadow Way, Mexborough, S64 8AB
Ambient food manufacture.

Closing date: 27 June 2022