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Engineering Maintenance Advanced Apprenticeship J3169 SOUTH WEST APPRENTICESHIP COMPANY LIMITED

A great opportunity has arisen to support the Maintenance Engineering team providing a comprehensive, multi-skilled engineering service covering the installation, commissioning, maintenance and modification of plant equipment and services used in the manufacture, packaging and distribution of pharmaceutical products.

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Closing date: 14 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Work shifts whilst on site, will be dependent on age. Normal working hours: 08.00-16.00 Shift working hours are: Mon-Thurs Early shift 06.00-14.00 Fri 06.00-12.00 Late shift working hours are: Mon-Thurs 14.00-22.00 Fri 12.00-18.00

    Total hours per week: 38.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The role is to support the Maintenance Engineering team to provide a comprehensive, multi-skilled engineering service covering the installation, commissioning, maintenance and modification of plant equipment and services used in the manufacture, packaging, and distribution of pharmaceutical products. 

  • Support maintenance and problem-solving activities across a wide variety of electro / mechanical production equipment and site service systems and equipment according to team and individual plans
  • Learn to analyse, develop and implement cost effective solutions to improve machine efficiency, reliability and performance
  • Gain experience to coordinate and deliver planned maintenance, offering flexibility in working hours according to business needs
  • Ensure EHS, GMP and process / validation compliance via risk assessment, PUWER, LTV and manual handling adherence
  • Ensure effective communication and customer service is delivered between all levels and shifts within your direct team and other departments, as required
  • Gain knowledge and experience of planned and reactive maintenance schedules and constantly review and modify these to ensure accuracy, considering any manufacturer recommendations, experience and machine history to minimise breakdowns and maximise efficiencies
  • Build confidence to liaise with contractors, engineering specialists, machine manufacturers and parts suppliers

Relevant Skills & Experience:

  • Keen to learn and apply developed skills in a responsible manner
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Positive, proactive and dedicated approach to work
  • Good IT skills with the ability to use Microsoft Word, Outlook and databases and to learn new systems or programs
  • Works well on own initiative but also as part of a team
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills with strong attention to detail
  • Methodical, logical and interested in how things work
  • Good level of manual dexterity
  • Strong customer service focus
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines

Core Competencies:

  • Time Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Customer Focus
  • Strive for Results


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

The training provider for this Apprenticeship will be Petroc in Barnstaple who along with the South West Apprenticeship Company will support you in working towards achieving your qualification.


  • BTEC level 2 foundation competence (if not already got)
  • BTEC level 3 development competence
  • BTEC level 3 development technical knowledge
  • Before taking the end-point assessment apprentices must have achieved level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

All of the qualification requirements in the foundation and development phases are mandatory outcomes for the completion and final certification of the Apprenticeship Standard. Each qualification has a core and options approach and employers will select the most applicable pathway and unit options to meet their organisational requirements.

There will be an end point assessment during the final phase of the Apprenticeship where the apprentice will need to demonstrate to the employer how they have achieved full occupational competence against, skills, knowledge and behaviours, set out in the Standard On successful completion of the End Point assessment and employer endorsement phase (final sign off) apprentices will be then be put forward to be awarded their Apprenticeship completion certificate.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

It is expected (but not guaranteed) that on successful completion of the advanced apprenticeship, the candidate will be offered to progress onto the Higher Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent 2 other GCSEs (Grade 4 - 9 or equivalent (A* - C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Design & Technology or Engineering (Grade 4 - 9 or equivalent (A* - C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 - 9 or equivalent (A* - C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 - 9 or equivalent (A* - C)) Essential
NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or equivalent Engineering (Grade Pass) Desired

Things to consider

Accord-UK is one of the world's leading players in the development, manufacture, and sale of first-class generic pharmaceuticals. Accord-UK has one of the broadest product portfolios and pipelines in the industry, with over 350 medicines available in the United Kingdom and more than 350 in development.

About the employer

As an Apprentice, South West Apprenticeship Company Limited, the Apprentice Training Agency (ATA) will employ the successful candidate on behalf of this employer.  99% of our apprentices gain full-time employment with their host organisation after completing their apprenticeship or they have progressed onto higher qualifications. The experience and knowledge you gain, plus the relationships you develop, make it easier to progress quickly.




Whiddon Valley



EX32 8NS

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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