Engineering Apprentice


Banbury, OXF, GB, OX16 3UU

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At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

Are you keen to work in an exciting and fast-paced manufacturing environment to become a multi-skilled Maintenance Engineer? Our Chocolate factory in Banbury, Oxfordshire has partnered with the Midland Group Training Services to ensure our Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship (Level 3) offers the most rounded learning experience possible.



You earn while you learn on our4-year Multi-Skilled Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship scheme. The majority of your first year will be spent at college (MGTS in Coventry) where you will meet like-minded people and build your knowledge. For the remaining years, you will split your time between college and working within our maintenance department to re-enforce on the job learning.



As a fully qualified and multi-skilled mechanical and electrical Maintenance Technician, you will be responsible for ensuring the equipment at our Chocolate Factory remains operational by maintaining and repairing the assets. You will also be responsible for diagnosing and investigating complex faults, responding to incidents, and reporting on failing assets.



The skills you develop will include:



  • Mechanical applications and solutions
  • Electrical wiring, testing and installation
  • Robotics
  • Pneumatic and hydraulic systems
  • Process Control Systems



Key Responsibilities:


  • Work alongside a team of highly skilled engineers to carry out preventive and corrective maintenance and identify opportunities and implement solutions, to improve manufacturing efficiency and equipment reliability
  • Work safely, with regard for your duty of care to yourself and to others who may be affected by your work
  • Adhere to company policies and procedures at all times
  • Keep others informed of information that contributes to the performance of the team, department or company
  • Work with MGTS external assessor to produce workplace assessment training plans
  • Attend lectures, practical’s and visits as per the training provider learning plan
  • From day one, you’ll be on a permanent Barry Callebaut contract, enjoying a competitive starting salary, an annual pay increase linked to performance and unit completion, and lots of benefits.



On completion, you’ll be a fully-fledged Maintenance Engineer, holding a Level 3 engineering qualification and looking to a bright future with our business. For the right people, there may be an opportunity to study for further qualifications, such as a Level 4 qualification.



Entry Requirements:



  • 5 x GCSEs at grade A*-C / 9-4 (or equivalent) to include English and Maths



Training Provided:



  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence)


Things to consider:



The first year of the apprenticeship will be based at the training provider in Coventry, so the successful candidate must be willing to travel for the first year, of the job training. The £16,000 salary for the first year includes a contribution for travel expenses for the first year off the job training at the Coventry Technical Centre.



Future Prospects:



Upon successful completion of the four-year programme, an individual assessment will be carried out by Barry Callebaut to determine whether a full-time position will be offered.



For the unique chance to develop your career with the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, please register your application directly with the Midland Group Training Services using the link below



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All applications will be vetted and assessed by the Midland Group Training Service. IF you’d like more information regarding the opportunity, please speak to our Recruitment Specialist, Josh Withers, who can be contacted via



The closing date for applications is Friday 8th May 2022, so please register your interest as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity.

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

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