Vending machine operator apprenticeships - where to start
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You may be able to do a drinks dispense technician Level 3 apprenticeship. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
You do not usually need specific qualifications to start work as a vending operator, though having some GCSEs at grades 9 to 2 (A* to E) can give you an advantage, especially in English, maths or science.
Knowledge of basic mechanical and electrical engineering would also be helpful.
Vending machine operator apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
- knowledge of maths
- the ability to work well with your hands
- problem-solving skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to have a full driving licence and
a good level of fitness
Vending machine operator apprenticeships - what you'll do
In your day-to-day duties you may:
- collect money that's been deposited
- fill and refill machines with products
- clean vending machines
- make sure all machines are in good working order
- fix minor faults
- call out service engineers to carry out more complicated repairs
- complete paperwork
You could work in a stock room, at a client's business or visit sites.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression - Vending machine operator apprenticeships
With experience, you could become a supervisor or area manager, or set up your own vending business.