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Engineering Technician Apprentice Hovertravel Ltd

Responsible for supporting the engineering department in day to day general tasks. This role requires some flexibility in terms of working hours to support the nature of the work demands in the engineering department.

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Closing date: 30 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Shifts TBD.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    196 weeks

  • Possible start date

    01 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    24 Jan 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Job Purpose: Responsible for supporting the engineering department in day to day general tasks.

This role requires some flexibility in terms of working hours to support the nature of the work demands in the engineering department.

  • Main Areas of Responsibility: Carry out general skirt maintenance & repair work

Day to day support to the engineering team, to include but not limited to:

  • Keeping the craft clean and presentable at all times e.g. washing windows and bodywork
  • Cosmetic repair and upkeep in-line with company standards e.g. paintwork, signage
  • Keeping the engineering department tidy
  • Assisting the engineers with maintenance repairs as required/directed
  • Minor maintenance & repairs to the terminal building, as required
  • Working the required shifts to maintain the skirt without disruption to the hovertravel operational service. This will include adhoc out of hours work for planned and unplanned maintenance/repair work as agreed in advance with the Engineering Supervisor
  • Ensure that they are fuller conversant with the company SMS & QMS and understand their contribution towards these. To establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and external contractors, carrying out all duties in an efficient, professional and courteous manner
  • Ensure all work is carried out in accordance with documented safe working practices and in accordance with Permits to Work and department engineering risk assessments
  • Take responsibility for personal Health and Safety; and that of others in the working environment
  • Carry out any other reasonable task as requested by a senior member of staff for which you have been trained and equipped

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Good level of spoken English
  • Some level of experience in maintenance role would be advantageous but not essential

Personal qualities

  • Hardworking
  • Practical common-sense attitude
  • Team player
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • High standards of professional conduct
  • Flexible approach to work and hours is essential

Desired qualifications

For this standard A*-C (9-4) in maths and English or equivalent is desirable, however all applicants will be considered on merit subject to initial assessment against the requirements of the standard.

Basic knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel essential.

Willingness to learn is key.

Future prospects

Progression to be full-time Engineer. All apprentices will be invited to apply for a role when a vacancy arises for when the apprenticeship has been completed.

About the employer

Hovertravel is the world’s longest running commercial hovercraft service and is the only scheduled passenger hovercraft service in the Europe. Hovertravel offers the fastest way to cross the Solent between Southsea, Portsmouth and Ryde, Isle of Wight. Hovertravel operate two hovercraft with a frequent service (plus additional services at commuter times) and the journey time is just under 10 minutes. 

The hovercraft is a tourist attraction in its own right. Hovertravel was established in 1965 and over 29 million passengers have travelled on the service. The advantage of the hovercraft is that they can travel at extremely low tides. If it hadn't been for the tides, Hovertravel might never have existed. The low tides at Ryde, take the sea out far beyond the town's esplanade, and it has always been impossible for any ship to berth anywhere near roads or bus routes. Until 1965, the only passenger ferries from Portsmouth stopped at the end of Ryde’s third of a mile long pier.



Hovertravel Ltd


Clarence Esplanade



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by South Downs College


Amy Stafford 07715 211891

As an Apprentice, you will have the opportunity to study the following through this Apprenticeship:

  • Apprenticeship in Engineering technician level 3
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • End Point Assessment
  • English, maths and ICT if required

At Havant & South Downs College we offer different methods of delivery either work based or day release. This will be discussed with you upon appointment.

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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