Apprentice Maintenance and Installation Engineer Alicat Workboats Ltd

This is an exciting opportunity to begin a career in the marine support industry as an Apprentice Maintenance and Installation Engineer, with plenty of opportunity to learn and develop whilst working at Alicat Workboats Ltd in Great Yarmouth.

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Closing date: 27 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 07.30 to 16.00

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    4 years

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    11 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Working alongside our tradesmen you will benefit and learn from their experience and skills and gain experience to perform engineering maintenance and installation on new build and existing workboats and seagoing vessels, as well as general engineering services.

Duties will include :

  • Fitting out of new build workboats.
  • Main engine installation and alignment.
  • Domestic type plumbing and hydraulics.
  • Working offsite as service engineer on essential maintenance, breakdown and repair of marine engines and associated equipment.
  • Working within dry dock environment to carry out effective repairs to seagoing vessels.
  • Maintenance, installation, service and repair to existing vessels.
  • Maintenance, installation, service and repair to other engineering services.
  • Comply with Health & Safety regulations and work within company guidelines and policies.
  • Keeping the workshop spaces clean and tidy.

The post holder may be required to perform duties other than those given in the job description. The particular duties and responsibilities attached to the post may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed.

The Level 2 Engineering Manufacture – Engineering Maintenance Framework is primarily delivered in the workplace with 1 day a week attendance at college.  Should you not possess suitable concession qualifications, you are also required to attend college to undertake Functional Skills Qualifications.

Depending upon previous experience and qualifications, this could be offered as a Level 3 Apprenticeship but the full training will still be of a four year duration.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

You will have the following skills:

  • Good organisational skills with attention to detail
  • Good communication and people skills
  • Professional approach to work
  • Ability to follow guidance and instructions
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise work
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good practical skills

Personal qualities

You will need to be:

  • Interested in working in a relevant industry.
  • Willing to learn all aspects of Engineering.
  • Flexible in your approach to work.
  • Honest, reliable and trustworthy.
  • Keen to develop new skills.
  • Adaptable to change.
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Well-presented, professional and polite.
  • Take pride in all works carried out.
  • Friendly and helpful in manner.

Qualifications required

  • A minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade C (new Grade 4) or above (or the equivalent) to include English and Maths.
  • As part of the pre-employment check process, proof of qualifications will be required.

Future prospects

It is intended that - providing you successfully complete your apprenticeship - you will become a permanent member of staff should a position be available.

Things to consider

Depending upon previous experience and qualifications, this could be offered as a Level 3 Apprenticeship, but the full company apprenticeship will be of a four year duration The position involves working in a workshop environment, externally on the company premises or at any of our customer facilities, and occasionally on board vessels. There may be a need to work additional hours as and when required to support the business. A flexible approach to working ours will be needed as Alicat offer a 24 / 7 business. The salary for this post will be reviewed after 12 months. Automatic enrolment into a pension scheme will take place following 3 months successful, full time employment. Before applying for this position please ensure that you record full details of all qualifications on the application, as the first stage of shortlisting will be to ensure the minimum qualification criteria is met. Applications direct to the employer will not be considered – please apply using the on-line matching system. There are eligibility criteria applied to government funded apprenticeship schemes and therefore applicants must be aged 16 or above, have been resident in the UK/EU for the last 3 years, must not possess a qualification at the same level or above in a similar discipline or already be in any form of formal government-funded education. Applications will be assessed as they are received, which may result in the vacancy closing before the advertised closing date, please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

About the employer

Alicat Workboats Limited is a leading builder and supplier of vessels for various uses including support industry to the offshore wind farms. They are based in Great Yarmouth and the shipyard incorporates, workshops, large working yard area, quay frontage and specifically designed wet and dry docks. As well as being new vessel builders, Alicat are also specialist providers of bespoke marine & engineering services. These services include full service boat repair, boat refit, General fabrication in a range of materials, precision engineering and machining, bespoke marine electrical design and installation, and design and project management. Alicat employ a range of trades including Welders, fabricators, electricians and engineers in order to provide a total engineering solution.


Alicat Workboats Ltd


Richard's Shipyard

Southtown Road

Great Yarmouth

NR31 0JJ

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Training provider

  • City & Guilds Level 2: Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance (QCF).
  • Level 2 Diploma in Engineering - Maintenance (QCF).
  • City & Guilds Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications in: English, Maths and Information and Communication Technology.
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Health and Safety.

Apprenticeship framework

Engineering Manufacture

Training provider

East Coast College

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by East Coast College


Sandra Peck 01493 419891

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Closing date: 27 Sep 2017