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Princes Foods apprentices are first to achieve Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance

16 November 2020

Five apprentices from the College of West Anglia’s (CWA) Wisbech campus are the first cohort nationwide to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance (FDEM) and complete their End-Point Assessments (EPAs), meaning they can qualify and finish their apprenticeships. 

All five apprentices work at Princes Foods, studying at the college for around 20% of each week. There are currently over 200 apprenticeships on the new standard, which began four years ago. 

CWA are recognised as an Industry Approved training provider and form part of the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink’s provider network.

The three-year apprenticeship standard covered a wide range of subjects from higher level maths, thermodynamics, welding, machining and electrics to set the apprentices up with the skills and knowledge necessary for a career within the food and drink industry, culminating in their EPA. As part of each apprentice's EPA, they were required to create, plan and present a major project, sit a knowledge exam and undergo practical observations on-site at Princes.

Apprentice Fraser Bertie (23) achieved a merit in his EPA and has been working at Princes Edible Oils in Belvedere as a Multiskilled Maintenance Engineer for the last four years. He said: “The apprenticeship was hard work, but definitely worth doing. Both Princes and CWA were very supportive throughout and would always work with you to help you to achieve the most you could.”

David Pomfret, CWA Principal said: “We are extremely proud of all that our FDEM apprentices have achieved in the last three years. Not only are they the first ever cohort of apprentices nationwide to complete this brand-new standard, but the fact that three of our apprentices have achieved merits in their EPAs is testament to their hard work and commitment to the apprenticeship programme, our partnership with Princes Foods and the quality of the learning provision at the college.”

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