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4 x Engineering Operative Apprentice RITTAL-C S M LIMITED

We have an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to kick-start their career with an Apprenticeship in Sheet Metal Manufacturing. Studying with City College Plymouth, you will be able to earn while you learn - becoming a valued member of our workforce in the process.

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Closing date: 28 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The starting rate is £7.82 per hour. Other benefits include, 25 day’s holidays + Bank Holidays, free parking, free staff uniform, subsidised staff restaurant and contributory pension scheme matched by the Company up to 5%.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    07 Nov 2022

  • Date posted

    12 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Do you have a strong hands-on aptitude for mechanical engineering?

Are you an enthusiastic approach to work and learning?

Do you have the ability to work effectively as part of a fast-moving team?

If you answered yes to the above, then this could be the apprenticeship for you!

The apprenticeship programme will provide the candidates with comprehensive training in the setting and operation of one or more of our Sheet Metal production activities.

You will learn how to set and operate machines including:

  • Power Press
  • CNC Piercing or Folding
  • Press Brake

Engineering Operatives are involved in engineering operations which are key to the success of the Manufacturing and Engineering sector allowing us to grow the business while developing a work force with the relevant skills and knowledge to enhance the sustain the sector.

Engineering Operatives must comply with statutory regulations and organisation safety requirements including any environmental compliance procedures and systems; identify hazards and hazardous situations; prepare the work area and equipment; obtain and follow the appropriate job documentation and work instructions; extract the necessary data and information from specifications and related documentation; carryout the engineering activities in line with their job role; carry quality checks as required.

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

You will work towards the Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative apprenticeship standard which will include the EAL Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing. 

This apprenticeship will have an 18 month duration which will consist of one day per week at College, the remaining 4 days at the workplace. You will have assessor visits at work to ensure you are progressing as expected and carrying out observations, all of which will help you achieve the End Point Assessment. The End Point Assessment is a series of assessments you need to pass to achieve the overall apprenticeship. 

You will have guidance from a mentor at Rittal who will guide and train you at the workplace. 

Candidates without Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths must  achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.   

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

On completion of your training, you will be working as a fully qualified member of one of our Sheet Metal Manufacturing teams. You may have the opportunity to progress onto a level 3 apprenticeship. Higher level/degree training is also an option for apprentices.  

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Essential

Things to consider

The interview process will include an informal interview and factory tour, a 2-day work experience trial, aptitude testing in maths, English and Engineering run by City College Plymouth, and a formal final interview. Please consider the location of this vacancy to ensure you can get there for work daily.

About the employer

Rittal is the world’s largest manufacturer of enclosures for the electrical, electronic and IT markets. With dedicated, highly motivated and skilled staff the Company has achieved market dominance through a commitment to providing its customers with excellence in every respect. Rittal-CSM Ltd hold the prestigious Investors in People Silver award and are committed to the training and development of all their staff. As such this is an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to build a long-term career with a Global Company.




Broadley Industrial Park




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Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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