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Apprentice Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician ESSENTRA COMPONENTS LIMITED

The Maintenance Apprentice is to assist with the maintenance and repair of manufacturing equipment, infrastructure, and facilities with the opportunity for advancing into a qualified engineer. Essentra engineers and external training providers will support the development of the Apprentice while providing the efficient operation of plant machinery.

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Closing date: 11 Nov 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Dec 2022

  • Date posted

    08 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

·         Assisting in Maintaining all plant machinery to ensure safe, continual and efficient operations.

·         Supporting the periodic and preventive maintenance regimes.

·         Assisting with emergency troubleshooting and maintenance support.

·         Achieving maintenance goals, activity scheduling and work completion to ensure manufacturing targets are continually achieved.

·         Update records of work activities, tasks carried out, parts used through stores and instruction passed on between team members.

·         Work closely with engineers in finding ways to improve processes and increase machine reliability and performance.

·         Assist with specific projects within or outside the Engineering Department.

·         Attending external training and development at a suitable institution, primarily on day-release basis, in order to gain an engineering qualification leading to a fully qualified Maintenance Engineer.

·         Attending specialist internal training and development courses to complement the above qualification.

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

ST0154 Maintenance& Operations Engineering Technician Standard.

College: Technology Campus Oxford OX4 6HN.

Level 2 attend 2 days per week.

Level 3 attend 1 day per week.

Generic code to identify ILR programme aims 4342

Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering L2

Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering L3

NVQ Engineering Maintenance L3

First principles relating to the operation and maintenance of appropriate plant and equipment. Relevant industry health and safety standards, regulations, and environmental and regulatory requirements. Maintenance and operational practices, processes and procedures covering a range of plant and equipment. The relevant engineering theories and principles relative to their occupation, Comply with industry health, safety and environmental working practices and regulations, Locate, and rectify faults on plant and equipment, Communicate with and provide information to stakeholders in line with personal role and responsibilities, Read, understand and interpret information and work in compliance with technical specifications and supporting documentation, Prepare work areas to undertake work related activities and reinstate those areas after the completion of the work related activities. Inspect and maintain appropriate plant and equipment to meet operational requirements. Assess and test the performance and condition of plant and equipment. Communicate, handover and confirm that the appropriate engineering process has been completed to specification

Health and Safety – follows health and safety policies and procedures and be prepared to challenge unsafe behaviour using appropriate techniques to ensure the protection of people and property when working alone and/or with appropriate supervision. Quality focused – ensures that work achieves quality standard both occupationally and personally. Working with others – can work well with people from different disciplines, backgrounds and expertise to accomplish an activity safely and on time. Interpersonal skills – gets along well with others and considers their needs and concerns. Critical reasoning – uses resources, techniques and obtained facts to develop sound solutions while recognising and defining problems. Sustainability and ethical behaviour – behaves ethically and undertakes work in a way that contributes to sustainable development. Risk awareness – demonstrates high concentration, the desire to reduce risks, ability to be compliant and awareness of change, through regular monitoring and checking of information

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, and subject to you meeting the criteria required, there may be an opportunity to continue with us as a full-time member of the team which could lead to an exciting and rewarding future career. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative, Technical aptitude, Interest in injection moulding, Interest in hydraulics, Interest in pneumatics, Technical experience, Self motivated, Keen to learn and develop


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 (C) or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 (C) or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4 (C) or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Vocational subjects (Grade 4 (C) or above) Desired

Things to consider

Willingness to attend Technical Institution Please check the location of the employer and ensure that you can travel to both the employer location and to college. The Technology Campus in Oxford will be the College for training. When writing your application please give a high level of detail with plenty of explanation for your answers, along with examples. Write in full sentences, no bullet point lists please. Include a full list of your qualification grades

About the employer

Essentra Components is a global market leader in plastic injection moulded, vinyl dip moulded and metal components. We have a history of over 65 years, producing essential components across a huge range of industries and applications. Making it easier for our customers is our top priority. That's why we operate internationally in 29 countries across 4 continents. With every order, we offer a hassle-free experience through our 14 manufacturing facilities, 34 distribution centres and 40 sales and service locations. Making it available for our customers when they demand it is a core part of our offering - it’s why we have a portfolio of 45,000 products and keep over 1 billion parts in stock - all available for immediate dispatch and fast delivery. Our product range features caps and plugs, wire and cable management, access hardware, PCB and electronics hardware. If you’re designing a prototype, we can help make it a reality, with free samples and CADs of our standard parts. For your bespoke projects, we can create and manufacture solutions built for your needs, including prototyping and 3D Printing.




Langford Locks



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Training provider



Mark Chen-Wishart


Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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