Apprenticeship Title: Apprentice NPD Food Technologist

We’re looking for a new apprentice to join our Fourayes New Product Development team in Bicknor, in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside.

Reporting to: The NPD Cooordinator.

Contract: Fixed Term Contract 28 months

Hours: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm

Salary: £5.25 per hour

Holidays: 20 days plus Bank Holidays

Fantastic Rural Location in the middle of our English Bramley apple orchard. So, you will need to have own, or reliable transport to site. We are 5 mins drive from Detling Hill and 15-20min drive from Maidstone or Sittingbourne.

Plenty of Extra Perks & Bonuses:

  • Life Insurance Cover after 3 months of service

  • Contributory Pension Scheme after 3 months of service

  • Statutory Sick Pay

  • Employee of the Month +£100

  • Attendance Bonus if not off sick for 12 months from beginning of holiday year

  • Family Fun Day and annual BBQ

  • Christmas Party – for all permanent employees

  • Easter Eggs for all staff

  • Food tasting events (own products)

  • Departmental social events

  • Staff Canteen (for self catering)

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Fourayes Food Development

Great team and lots of social events throughout the year

Company perspective and background

Fourayes Farm Ltd is the UK’s number one fruit processor and commercial jam manufacturer for bakeries, desserts, and dairy. Fourayes is an award-winning third-generation family run business, with an international reputation for excellent and innovative fruit fillings and jam making.

We are an industry innovator; we invest in the best people and equipment to deliver the best results for our customers. We also develop ground-breaking new products such as Utterly Fruity (taking fresh apple into applications previously unattainable) and our delicious Plumptious mincemeat.

Fourayes will continue to actively focus on innovation, supporting profitable growth and the consolidation of existing operations. In order to facilitate this, we are looking for an enthusiastic Apprentice Food Technologist to work in our New Product Development (NPD) department. The successful candidate will need to support the company through relevant changes necessary to achieve our objectives.

Job Purpose:

The NPD Food Technologist will assist the team with the development of new products as requested by management or customers. They will work within our New Product Development kitchen with our NPD Coordinator, learning all aspects of the product development process. The successful candidate will undertake a Level 3 Diploma in Food Technology over 24 months.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Include the following; other duties may be assigned, the details below are not exhaustive.

  • Creation of new products
  • Learning about ingredientS
  • Testing specifications of products and accurately recording information
  • Creation and despatching of samples to customers
  • Observing first production of new product to ensure conformance to the established development parameters

Education and Qualifications:

  • Maths and English GCSEs Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent)
  • Willingness to learn
  • Good communication skills

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.  The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibrations.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Covid-19 Procedures June 2021

All employees will be required to wear a face covering while working onsite, keeping to the social distancing rules and washing hands etc. We are also asking all employees to take a weekly lateral flow test (ideally over the weekend, ready for the new week ahead) and report the results into HR to maintain a COVID free environment.


Please complete the Summary Application Form and send it, together with a copy of your CV, to Hannah King at: or you can post the completed form and a copy of your CV to H King, Fourayes Farm Ltd, Bicknor, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME9 8BJ

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your application please email or call on 01622 884230

Download Summary Application Form

Join the Bramley Apple Picking team in the Autumn

If you don’t work all week in the factory then you can join the picking team in September & October. It’s £10 per bin for the 1st pick. Also great if you are student looking for holiday work.

Learn more about Apple Picking at Fourayes