Process Operative Apprentice - Mechanical Engineering Vale Europe Ltd

You will be involved in the extraction of precious metals from primary and secondary materials by carrying out refining operations in accordance with approved methods and procedures.

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Closing date: 25 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    37 hours per week (Monday - Friday) 7am start

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    48 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    29 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Framework and Level: Process Operative Apprentice (Level 3)

Location: London NW10

Vacancy full description:

  • Carry out activities relevant to the refining operations within designated areas of the Refinery according to the prescribed methods and instructions and in compliance with safe working practices and site emergency procedures
  • Maintain the required process conditions by monitoring and adjusting, take and record relevant samples for the control of operations and act upon the results, making relevant adjustments and monitoring quality
  • Ensure correct hand-over before leaving the area for any reason, including the shut-down of plant on completion of the operation.
  • Carry out daily cleaning routines of equipment and areas of process in order to meet health & safety requirements and to minimise loss/contamination of process intermediates
  • Liaise with maintenance personnel with regard to routine maintenance and carry out routine maintenance under the direction of the Engineering Department where multi-skilling training has been given

Pay: £211 per week

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Being able to follow instructions.
  • Having good communication skills.
  • Being methodical and organised.
  • Having good concentration.
  • Being able to work to strict deadlines

Personal qualities

  • Tenacious.
  • Reliable.
  • Trustworthy.
  • Fully committed to learning the job.
  • Not afraid of hard work.
  • Able to communicate in a business-like manner.

Qualifications required

Qualifications required: GCSE (or equivalent) ; Maths, English, ICT (or Science) Grade C or above

Any important other information:

The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

Future prospects

Fully skilled Operative / lead engineer / manager

Things to consider

Can you commit to 48 months apprenticeship?

About the employer

Headquartered in Brazil, Vale is the second largest mining company in the world. Vale Acton Refinery is one of only a handful of precious metal refineries in the world and, since 1925, has developed into one of the world�s major refiners of platinum group metals (PGM) � platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium and iridium � as well as gold and silver. Vale aims to provide an ethical, transparent and challenging work environment that offers opportunities and engenders pride in the company, by following a competitive merit-based compensation system.


Vale Europe Ltd


Bashley Road


NW10 6SN

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Training provider

Full on the job training to be provided and one day a week college attendance for underpinning knowledge. Candidate will work towards a full Science Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship in Engineering NVQ, technical certificate, and functional skills, and employment rights and responsibility

Apprenticeship framework

Engineering Manufacture

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Uxbridge College


Alice Armson

Employer's Application Instructions

If you are interested in applying for this vacancy then please click on the 'Apply Now' link and complete our Application Form.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 25 Sep 2017