Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance (1255)

Last Updated: 12 May 2022

Product code 1255

As you will be aware the Food and Drink Maintenance Standard (ST0195) is in the process of being updated with the revised standard expected to go live from 1st July 22. As a result of the update, there are significant changes to the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs), meaning there would be a redevelopment requirement for the City and Guilds mandated on-program qualification (1255) Level 3 Diploma.

Having taken time to consider the redevelopment and after speaking to stakeholders in the food and drink sector, unfortunately, at present City and Guilds are unable to commit to redeveloping the 1255 diploma to meet the new requirements.

As a result, the Level 3 Diploma Food and Drink Maintenance (1255) will close for new registrations on 31.08.2022.

Learners / Apprentices currently on the 1255 will continue to study as normal and the last certification will be 31.12.2025.

For any questions in relation to the above please contact Robert Stott (Engineering Industry Manager)

From 1 September 2021: In order to ensure currency of knowledge the 1255-317 evolve test has been replaced by 2832-602 Understand the requirements of electrical installations BS 7671:2018.  Centres with learners registered on the 1255-01 will need to certificate learners using the proxy unit 1255-817.

The level 3 Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance apprenticeship is designed for apprentices looking for a career as a food and drink maintenance engineer. Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance Apprentices will show excellent skills and understanding of their chosen area, as well as the behaviours to deliver strong product and service competence. 

Our resources for our Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship will give you the guidance you need to support apprentices through their on-programme learning, build their confidence and competence to ensure a quality learning experience in preparation for End Point Assessment (EPA).  


This qualification has two pathways, the first being 'Mechanical' and the second being 'Multi-Skilled'. For each pathway you will need to complete the following units:

  • Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Compliance
  • Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Best Practice
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Maintenance in Food and Drink Operations
  • Producing Replacement Components for Food and Drink Operations
  • Fluid Power Systems for Food and Drink Operations
  • Welding Technologies for Food and Drink Operations
  • Electrical Maintenance in Food and Drink Operations
  • Services and Utilities within Food and Drink Operations
  • Thermodynamics
  • Maths for Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance

For the 'Mechanical' pathway you will also complete the following units:

  • Monitoring Mechanical Maintenance for Food and Drink operations
  • Repairing and Producing Replacement Components in Food and Drink operations
  • Welding skills for food and drink operations

For the 'Multi-Skilled' pathway you will also complete the following units:

  • Electrical maintenance and testing in food and drink operations
  • Automation in food and drink operations
  • Understand the requirements of electrical installations BS 7671:2018 

Maths & English: Our Functional Skills qualifications cover the core maths and English requirements for this standard.  Our support package, e-Functional Skills is an online teaching and learning platform that guides learners from an initial diagnostic assessment, through to meeting the requirements for this standard.

End-point assessment

End Point Assessment is carried out through the Institute of Mechanical Engineers – IMechE.

Apprenticeship certification
The apprentice will receive their Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) apprenticeship certificate upon completion.

How to register

If you’re an existing City & Guilds centre or interested in becoming a centre, make sure you’ve read our EPA manual and guidance. This will explain the process and all our terms and conditions. Our short ‘how-to’ guides and videos are a great start to help you get to grips with what to expect and how to stay on track when booking EPA and preparing apprentices for assessment. You’ll find these resources in our EPA document library

To use our quality-assured on-programme materials or end-point assessment service there are three ways to either find out more or to order what you need: 

1. If you’re an existing City & Guilds customer, go to Walled Garden and select the materials you need or register your apprentice for end-point assessment. (You may need to submit a request to deliver if you don’t yet have approval for that standard.) 

2. Get in touch with Our team can explain our different products and services and start getting you set up as a customer or give existing customers support on the new apprenticeship arrangements. 

3. Speak to your City & Guilds Business Manager about how to access our products or how to register your apprentices with us.

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