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Pattern/Mould Making Apprenticeship at Saint Gobain, Rainford Saint Gobain Industrial Ceramics

Waterside Training in partnership with Saint-Gobain Industrial Ceramics based at Rainford, St Helens has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Pattern/Mould Maker at our manufacturing plant in Rainford, St. Helens. This role will manufacture and supply moulds and patterns for the various forming processes.

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

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Closing date: 30 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday - 07.00hrs to 16.10hrs Monday to Thursday and 07.00hrs to 12.00 on Friday

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    4 years

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    11 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

This role will manufacture and supply moulds and patterns for the various forming processes to ensure that the Rainford plant is able to safely and continuously operate and meet its objectives

The mould manufacturing teams support the manufacturing operation by providing patterns and moulds to a high degree of accuracy as well as general site maintenance. They are hard-working, result-focused and passionate about what they do; this coupled with our customer-centric attitude makes for a successful team that is an essential part of the Saint-Gobain Industrial Ceramics organisation

In the role as Patternmaker you will work as part of a small but efficient mould making team, producing moulds, models and jigs, as well as carry out site joinery tasks. More specifically you will:

  • Liaise with other departments to help ensure processes and product flows are the most efficient possible
  • Be able to organise your own work priorities to ensure you are working in an efficient manner
  • Ensure that all procedures with regards to Operation, Quality and EH&S are worked to and met as required
  • Support other staff to ensure the whole team can work accurately and efficiently
  • Select most cost effective method to produce moulds based on quantities and ease of manufacture e.g. Timber, Plywood, plastics, resin etc.
  • Set up, operate, and adjust a variety of woodworking machines such as panel saw, bandsaw and lathe to cut and shape sections, parts, moulds and patterns, according to specifications
  • Be willing to learn and operate new technologies as we advance into new ways of producing moulds/patterns e.g. CNC machining and 3D printing
  • First and foremost, we always want to recruit talented people that align well with our values and way of working; we innovate, we collaborate, we’re agile, we act with entrepreneurial spirit, and we’re supportive of and close to our customers. Does this sound like you?

For the Patternmaker specifically it is important that you have: -

  • Ability to read drawings, or written specifications to determine sizes and shapes of patterns/moulds
  • Standards of workmanship which will enable them to work to a high standard of quality
  • Ability to work to very tight tolerances in the manufacture of moulds and patterns
  • Excellent communication skills to be able to work in a team situation
  • Have the ability to read sometimes complex technical drawings
  • Some degree of IT literacy, to be able to access and print off drawings
  • Experience of working to 5S standards would be advantageous as we operate within a World Class Manufacturing Environment
  • Commitment to good Environmental, Health and Safety practices
  • Flexible approach to working to reflect the demands of the production process
  • A good standard of academic education, including maths (GCSE grade C+ or equivalent)
  • Alternatively, if you are a trained Bench Joiner with the ability to work to high standards and tolerances we as a company may be willing to train you in pattern / mould making techniques
  • You will need to travel to both Waterside Training and Saint-Gobain to attend both off and on the job training.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Waterside is looking for high calibre candidates who are self-motivated, reliable, proactive, enthusiastic and very well organised who can work excellently within a team who is driven to succeed and grow in a fast pace environment to join our apprenticeships to become the next highly skilled engineers and technicians of the future.
  • Candidates should have a keen and enthusiastic interest in practical based work and manufacturing applications and have strong communication skills and team leadership qualities.

Personal qualities

  • Prospective candidates should have a keen and demonstrable interest in practical based work as well as having an enthusiastic approach to work and willingness to learn.
  • Candidates must be highly self-motivated and have a flexible approach to work; possess good organisation/planning and communication/team working skills with drive to develop.

Desired qualifications

Entry requirements for this Pattern Making and Mould Apprenticeship are;

5 GCSE's A-C or Level 5-9 in English, Mathematics and Science are essential along with any practical related technology subjects, such as Engineering, Electronics, Design Technology, Resistant Materials. Joinery and or Woodwork or Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations would be desirable.

If you are taking your examinations this year then please supply your predicted mock grades when asked in the application process.

Future prospects

As part of the wider Saint-Gobain group, Saint-Gobain Industrial Ceramics is able to offer a competitive starting salary and benefits package. In addition, you will have access to a career without boundaries - this could see you progressing within Saint-Gobain Industrial Ceramics or in one of the other 30+ businesses in the UK. The one thing you can be sure of is that you can have an exciting and varied career at Saint-Gobain, where only you set the boundaries to your success.

Things to consider

This would be a four-year apprenticeship programme. Working hours for this position will be 07.00hrs to 16.10hrs Monday to Thursday and 07.00hrs to 12.00 on Friday You will need to be able to travel to both Waterside Training St Helens and Saint-Gobain, Rainford to carry out your on and off site training. Waterside Hours; 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

About the employer

Saint-Gobain Industrial Ceramics (SGIC) is a worldwide market leader in ceramics solutions. The company manufactures a variety of Refractory and Engineered Ceramic materials for worldwide applications in metallurgical processing, high temperature processing, chemical, temperature and abrasion resistant applications.

SGIC was acquired by Saint-Gobain in 1996 and is part of the Ceramic Materials division of the Innovative Materials sector.  The business has been located in Rainford since 1949 when it began manufacturing Refractory products. In the 1960’s it introduced Ceramic Fibre into its range of products.

SGIC products can be found in a myriad of industries and is actively involved in markets from ferrous and non-ferrous metal production to ceramics; petrochemical to wear-resistant; incineration to automotive; fire protection to domestic appliances


Saint Gobain Industrial Ceramics


St. Gobain Industrial Ceramics, Mill Lane, Rainford


WA11 8LP

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Waterside Training Ltd


Robyn Bolan

Apprentices will complete a programme of both theoretical and practical learning over a four-year period combined with site based experience. Initially, training during year 1 will cover Mechanical techniques as well as working on site at Saint Gobain, Rainford obtaining “real life” activities and experiences as a Pattern and Mould Maker.  You will receive both vocational and academic training on and off site.

During the first year from September 21 to July 22 you will develop your skills and knowledge by attending Waterside Training Limited for 1 day per week to carry out academic training as well as attending your site based work experience for 4 days per week.  

Additional training will also be completed during your apprenticeship to cover the requirements of the programme such as attending further personal development training such as Health & Safety Training, Mechanical Maintenance, Lean Manufacturing and or specific training as advised by the company.

From July 22 you will commence your full site based training at Saint-Gobain 4 days per week with day release to continue your academic training. Your site based work will follow the Level 3 Engineering Technician standard as you will continue to attend your company site for the remainder of your apprenticeship programme.

Waterside will assign you a mentor/assessor to guide you through the apprenticeship and carry out six weekly reviews along with guiding you through your standards through portfolio building, behavioural logs, technical discussions, observations to check competency levels prior to embarking on the End Point Assessment.

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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.

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Dec 2021