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Engineering Manufacturing Apprenticeship PLESSEY SEMICONDUCTORS LIMITED

Plessey are offering 2 Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4) using the Engineering Technician Standard leading to careers in Equipment Engineering.

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Closing date: 15 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4.30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    28 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The apprenticeship consists of the HNC/FDSC qualification and provides the opportunity to build the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) specified in the Level 4 Engineering Technician Standard. There is a minimum of 42 month before the KSBs are externally assessed during the Apprenticeship end-point assessment (EPA). 

During your apprenticeship, you will build a portfolio of evidence to support you during the assessment process. You will receive guidance and supervision from City College Plymouth and Plessey, who will support you every step of the way.

During the apprenticeship, you will be an employee of Plessey and will work alongside our engineers, undertaking on the job training.

The standard route includes the completion of an HNC in Electrical/Electronic engineering, however, those that excel in their first year will have the opportunity to complete the extra units required to upgrade the level 4 HNC to the level 5 Foundation Degree (FDSC).

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Successful completion of the units required to
complete the HNC (2 years) will allow you to move
to technician grade. Successful completion of the
end-point assessment (EPA) will allow you to move
to engineer grade. Some equipment engineers in
the longer term become senior managers or
technical specialists.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Team working


A Level or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Desired
A Level or equivalent Science (Grade C/4) Desired

Things to consider

Question 1: Why would you like to complete the level 4 apprenticeship at Plessey? Question 2: We look for people with a genuine interest in engineering, for example, you may have made or designed something. What have you done so far that shows you have an interest and an aptitude for engineering?

About the employer

Plessey is a world leading Micro-LED company based in Plymouth. We have decided to work with Facebook to help achieve their vision of the next computing platform centred around people. Under a new commercial agreement, our LED manufacturing operations will be dedicated to helping Facebook prototype and develop new technologies for potential use in the AR/VR space. With consumer devices like Oculus Quest and a continued legacy of breakthrough research, Facebook is one of the companies best- positioned to make consumer-ready AR glasses a reality. We are a high-tech manufacturing and development site, operating at the leading edge of LED technology. We have 2 cleanrooms containing a large number of complex manufacturing machines and have a variety of engineers onsite to support the business needs.




Tamerton Road Roborough



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Apprenticeship standard

Engineering manufacturing technician

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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