Advanced Engineering Apprentice Lister Shearing Equipment Ltd

An opportunity for a young person to start a career within the manufacturing industry as an apprentice engineer. The position is based in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire with a well established company.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    7.30am-5pm Mon-Thurs, Fri 7.30am-12.45pm

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    4 years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    12 May 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The apprenticeship will allow you to be involved in all aspects of our work.

As a manufacturing company a wide area of operations will be covered, including: 

  • General machining 
  • Grinding 
  • Electromechanical assembly 
  • Design 
  • Quality 
  • Maintenance 

Time will be spent in each area with the apprentice expected to contribute to the operation of the area whilst receiving ‘on the job’ training. 

As experience is gained, more responsibility will be given. 

The apprenticeship will be delivered over a 4 year period with training being provided by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and in the workplace. 

The formal apprenticeship training will include:

  • Level 3 NVQ in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering 
  • BTEC National Diploma in Engineering 
  • Functional Skills at Level 2 
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities 
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The successful candidate must have good numerical and communication skills, be self motivated and work well using their own initiative. Attention to detail is essential.

Personal qualities

Strong use of initiative, commitment and future career prospects within the manufacturing engineering environment essential. 

A driving license is not essential but you must be able to travel to and from the employer’s address.

Qualifications required

Minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) including Grade A*- B in Maths and Science, Grade A*-C in English 

GCSE or equivalent, in Design Technology or ICT and/or educated to A Level.

Future prospects

We would want to recruit an academically-strong apprentice with good practical skills, and would expect the ambition to complete a HNC, and possibly go on to achieve a full engineering degree. If successful in your apprenticeship, we will encourage you to complete this and may sponsor you through this training. The apprentice would be working alongside some of the best mechanical manufacturing engineers in the UK, and the long-term aim would be for the applicant to be part of that team.

Things to consider

***THIS APPRENTICESHIP IS FOR AN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017 START*** The premises are a short walk from the local bus route, therefore transport to and from the workplace should be considered carefully before applying. The first interview will be with the college. This will be sent to you via email. Please check this regularly and ensure you respond confirming your attendance/non attendance.

About the employer

1909 was a time when sheep were painstakingly shorn with hand blades, and the luxury of mains electricity supply was decades away. It was in this year however that R. A. Lister and Company turned its 42 years of expertise in manufacturing agricultural equipment to sheep shears.

Working with Australian shearer, Jim Davidson, Lister designed and developed the No 3 shear - a product superior to any other shearing tool available. This shear, which was renowned for its ability to cut closer to the skin than hand blades, was just the beginning of a revolution which would change the way sheep were shorn forever.

This success through engineering innovation is as much a hallmark of the company then, as it is today. It is this ethos that led to Lister Shearing rapidly developing into an internationally known and trusted brand and enables the company to continue leading the industry.

Today, Lister products are still designed and manufactured in the UK with exports to over 60 countries. The range includes equipment for all levels of user and types of animal making it the first choice for both amateurs and professionals alike.

The company also manufactures horse and cattle clippers, used by the leading racing, show showing and eventing stables.

Both the shearing and clipping equipment have been used by Olympians and world champions and have been used to break several world records.


Lister Shearing Equipment Ltd


Unit 3-4

Brunel Way

Stroudwater Business Park


GL10 3SX

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Training provider

As a successful apprentice you will undertake an Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering to include an NVQ, Technical Certificate and Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT (where applicable), Employment Rights & Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. 

You will be required to attend college at our SGS Berkeley Green Campus, either on day or block release to complete your technical certificate and some NVQ units. The remaining years you will be assessed within the workplace and you will complete a portfolio of evidence/work. 

You will be assigned a supervisor/mentor within the workplace, who will support you to develop your workplace skills, knowledge and experience throughout the duration of your apprenticeship programme.

Apprenticeship framework

Engineering Manufacture

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE AND STROUD COLLEGE


Nikki Mann 01453 761100

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