Case study: Advanced Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship

Lewis Thorpe is in the fourth year of his Advanced Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship at Mondelez International in Sheffield

I didn't know what to expect from my apprenticeship, but I'm really enjoying it and can't wait to be fully qualified.

Day-to-day work consists of breakdowns on the production line, continuous improvement work on the line to limit downtime and preventative planned maintenance to limit the occurrence of faults and ensure the line can be running at its best.

We are keen to find the root cause of the faults we receive and undertake break down analysis (BDA's) to determine the very first point of origin of the fault. This helps up to rectify it and prevent it from occurring again.

I'm excited to see Ritz Crisp & Thin production come to the Sheffield site later this year. This will be valuable experience in seeing how the plant and machinery works prior to full scale production, giving first-hand knowledge that will be invaluable when it comes to maintaining the equipment.

Mondelez International is a huge company - it's great to be part of such a big network, to have so many people to learn from, to be able to work on such great brands, and to be involved in helping to create exciting new brands in the future. My onsite mentor started out as an engineering apprentice too, so it's inspiring to have proof of what I can achieve. I'm also learning from the other apprentices from my year and above as we all have different strengths.

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Last reviewed: 17 Mar 2016