Dairy education


Eden is a groundbreaking dairy education initiative driven by the UK dairy industry to provide an Advanced Apprenticeship for Engineers and a Foundation Degree qualification for Dairy Technologists, with the aim of producing world class staff for tomorrow’s dairy industry.

Every year, Arla recruits a cohort of Trainee Dairy Engineers and Trainee Dairy Technologists, usually one of each per site. Students split their time between placements at an Arla site and at Reaseheath College in Cheshire, where there is a mix of classroom and practical learning in a purpose built multi-million pound dairy training facility.

Both programmes allow students to earn while they learn with no student loans to repay, and the op-portunity to gain skills that are in short supply in the dairy industry.

We are looking for people who are passionate about the dairy industry. You will be able to demonstra-te a desire to learn and have good literacy, numeracy and communciation skills. You will need to have GCSEs A-C in Maths, English and Science subjects as well as a minimum of 1 A Level. Our key Eden values are Passion & Pride, Pioneering Attitude, Integrity & Respect and Shared Learning & Community Spirit.

Trainee Dairy Technology programme

This programme is all about how milk works, how the get the most from it and how it forms the basis for our huge range of products. It is a 3 year programme studying all aspects of dairy technology including practical hands on craft skills, key science principles associated with dairy and process improvement techniques requires to run an efficient modern dairy operation.

When on site, students will work in projects typically in Quality, Environment, Health & Safety (QESH), Lean or Process departments.

At the end of the 3 year course, students gain a Foundation Degree in Dairy Technology, awarded by Harper Adams University.


Trainee Dairy Engineering programme

As the complexity of automation used in factories has increased, there are challenges to maintain skills to ensure equipment works at optimum levels. Highly skilled engineers are required to maximise the benefits of new technology and introduce innovation.

The Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship programme is delivered by MGTS at Reaseheath College, providing comprehensive dairy training over 4 years across electrical and mechanical engineering principles.

Over the 4 year course, students will work towards a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering and NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Maintenance.


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