Engineering Apprentice WZ PACKAGING LIMITED

This apprenticeship is to assist the Engineering Department with the maintenance, repair and development of machinery and plant within the business.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £196.00 - £246.75

  • Working week

    Working days: 5 days (4 days at work & 1 day at college for the first year). Total working week hours: 40 hours. Start time: 8.00am. Finish time: 4.00 p.m.

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    2 years

  • Possible start date

    07 Aug 2017

  • Date posted

    7 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The Engineering Department sits within the production facility and contributes to all areas of the business. This gives access to learn the whole production/supply chain and other supporting functions.

We moved our production facility from Bridgnorth to a fully refurbished manufacturing site in Telford in 2015, in which the Engineering Department played a key role.

The department which is managed by the Operations Manager has a Senior Mechanical Engineer a further Mechanical Engineer and two Electrical Engineers. The multi-skilled department (mechanical and electrical) provide an engineering service to the whole site, which may in the future cover 24 hours.  Engineers at all levels will be exposed to the most senior members of the management team on a day to day basis.

Our core business is not Engineering it is manufacturing; this means you will not be making Engineering items in a production unit. Instead the department is responsible for delivering a range of tasks such as installation, commissioning, maintenance, modification and optimisation, procedure creation, testing and programming. Often novel problems arise on the production lines requiring tailored solutions to be delivered by the in-house Engineering department.

Job Purpose:

To ensure all production areas and equipment are run in a safe and efficient manner meeting agreed product specifications and targets by carrying out planned maintenance, timely repair of breakdowns, continuous improvement activities including identifying problem areas then engineering out the cause.

Main Responsibilities:

  • To assist other Engineers in supporting machinery breakdown repairs, maintenance and the development of manufacturing operations and business needs.
  • To assist with the repair, maintenance and development of machinery and equipment.
  • Provide manufacturing support to plant and process efficiency, safety and product quality.
  • To ensure engineering workshop procedures are adhered to at all times and equipment is maintained in a satisfactory condition.
  • To assist in measuring the performance of mechanical components, devices and process supporting functions.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The successful candidate will need:

  • To be conscientious and have an excellent attention to detail
  • To be well organised
  • To have effective communication skills
  • To have a strong technical aptitude
  • To be able to work well within a team
  • To have a practical approach to problem solving
  • To be quality conscious

Personal qualities

The successful candidate will need:

  • To be forward thinking and self-motivated
  • To take responsibility for their own work
  • To be ambitious
  • To be willing to learn and develop
  • To be punctual and reliable

Qualifications required

To apply for this position, you will need to have GCSEs in Maths and English at grades A*- C or equivalent Level 2 qualifications.

Future prospects

The apprenticeship may lead to an offer of a permanent Engineering role and we would look to develop the apprentice past their formal apprenticeship. The offer would be based on performance throughout the course. A fully trained Engineer can earn up to £30,000 per year.

Things to consider

Employee benefits: - Company Pension Scheme - Westfield Healthcare Cash Plan Scheme - Child Care Voucher Scheme - Summer/Annual Bonuses - Individual quarterly performance bonus - Accredited training and development opportunities We are a manufacturing site with large machinery which is quite noisy at times. Ear protection must therefore be worn on the shop floor in addition to full PPE which is provided including bump caps. We are a food contact site so personal hygiene is essential. Handwashing must be undertaken on entering the shop floor and hair nets must be worn at all times. To be able to provide a 24 hour service the engineers work a call out system and may work shifts. An apprentice would not be expected to work these initially but further into their training they would begin to work some shift work and cover call outs. Telford College are managing this vacancy on behalf of this company. As part of the screening process of applications you may be contacted by Telford College for a telephone interview as part of our screening process. The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices from the 1st April 2017 is £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. The new NMW applies to time working plus time spent training as this is also part of the Apprenticeship. Anyone not covered by this age category above will be entitled to the NMW appropriate for their age.

About the employer

We are a leading supplier of innovative and high-quality packaging solutions to many market sectors including food, confectionery and dairy, as well as cosmetics, pharmaceutical and industrial. WZ Packaging is known the world over for its expertise in thin-gauge unsupported and laminated printed aluminium foil. We offer 8-coloured printed packaging solutions, ranging from our industry-leading 6 micron laminates up to 200-micron container foils. We pride ourselves in our attention to detail, manufacturing quality and customer service, whilst providing innovative solutions that make us the preferred supplier for many blue-chip companies across the world. Based from our new manufacturing site in Telford, we currently employ 65 people in departments that you would associate with a manufacturing company. We provide recognised training and qualifications across a variety of disciplines. The Apprentice will follow a structured pathway providing them with real roles and responsibilities, on the job training and mentoring from experts in the field and across the business.




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Training provider

As part of the apprenticeship the candidate will be working towards a workplace training plan within their organisation as well as working towards the apprenticeship framework components with Telford College.

The candidate will achieve the following qualifications:

  • NVQ Performing Engineering Operations level 2
  • Certificate in Engineering level 2
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English level 1 or 2
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Apprenticeship framework

Improving Operational Performance

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Telford College of Arts & Technology


Carol Bailey 01952 642452

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2017