Cider Academy – Food and Drink Process Operator

Cider Academy Apprentice Job Description

Key Details:

Role Overview:

As a cider apprentice you will experience the process of how to take an apple and turn it into a packaged cider.

The main part of the apprenticeship will be a rotation on each of our packing lines. These lines use state of the art engineering and technology to package our cider and as a cider technician you will be part of the team responsible for maintaining, operating, and fixing them along with carrying out quality and having responsibility for hygiene, wastage, planning and health and safety.

As well as understanding the technical operations you will also have the opportunity to understand the science behind the process and work with our laboratory technicians and specialist cider teams who make our world-famous cider.

About Us: 

Established in 1904 by William John Thatcher, we have grown into one of the top cider-making businesses in the world. Now in our fourth generation of family cider makers, we’re exceptionally proud of what we have achieved, and we are even more excited about our plans. We continue to experience huge growth of our Brands through industry-leading levels of investment in marketing, people development, innovation and world class technical enhancements in cider mill machinery.

This is an amazing opportunity to become part of the Thatchers success story and take on an exciting role where no two days are the same. This role is a fantastic for someone who wants to take the next step in their career within a successful team and company.

What you’ll be doing? 

Tasks will be varied, but will include the following key tasks:

As a cider apprentice you will also take part in events and experience a full “pip to pint” induction gaining a full understanding of how our other departments operate.

Who we’re looking for? 

The Thatchers team is action-orientated, adaptable and resourceful with high levels of resilience to compete in an exciting yet competitive marketplace. We work hard and, together, we achieve great things. We have a desire to learn, a thirst for knowledge and a passion for quality cider that customers enjoy across the world.

We work hard and, together, we achieve great things. If you think you have the passion to make an impact as part of the Thatchers family, this is the role for you.

Desired skills:

Personal qualities:

Desired qualifications:

Training and Development:

We know it is a big decision to take your first steps in a career and at Thatchers we ensure that we give you all the training, support and development you need to succeed.  What we ask in return is hard-work and trust and for you to share the same enthusiasm and passion for our business as we do.

You will complete the food and drink industry foundation apprenticeship in food and drink processing in partnership with our training provider, Bridgewater & Taunton College.  At the start of this journey, we will review your skills and ambitions to create a training plan that meets your individual needs.  As part of our Young Talent Programme we will develop your skills and knowledge through a range of business seminars and networking opportunities that will give you a thorough insight into our industry and business.


Thatchers is a growing brand and we are looking for our apprentices to develop their career with us after their apprenticeship.

There is opportunity for overtime in this position. Working in various departments to get a good overview of the business.

To Apply:

Please fill in the online application form below and attach your CV.

Cider Academy Application