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Polymer Technician Apprentice NIFCO UK LIMITED

Nifco are seeking a hardworking, reliable Polymer Technician apprentice to join their team. The successful candidate will gain a Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship.

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Closing date: 07 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual 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

    Monday to Friday. Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    17 Dec 2022

  • Date posted

    15 Oct 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To provide a technical service to support the ongoing needs of the manufacturing department within Nifco UK Limited. The main purpose of the role being to undertake the technical work necessary to operate a world class manufacturing department.
  • Ensure all manufacturing equipment is set-up to produce an efficient and capable process
  • Carry out the necessary improvement work in order to obtain an OEE target of 85% on all equipment
  • Assist the team leader to maximise machine utilisation, production efficiency, and product quality i.e. to optimise cycle times, process conditions and to fully utilise regrinded/raw materials with the aim of increasing OEE performances and efficiencies
  • Support manufacturing staff to investigate technical innovations, such as automation, in order to minimise cost
  • Understand and ensure adherence to company/section policies and procedures, and ensure all necessary documentation is completed
  • Liaise with other departments to improve tool and machine maintenance, in order to minimise breakdowns and ensure maximum safety
  • Maximise raw material utilisation by the reduction of rejects and the use of regrind/recycled material
  • Demonstrate a commitment to self-development by undertaking internal and external training
  • Escalate problems to the Team Leader and Technician Leader/Technician specialist
  • Demonstrate at all times ‘the Nifco spirit’ and encourage all other staff to do so
  • Understand the principles of kaizen and actively participate in Kaizen activity
  • Understand and work to, the principles of 5S at all times
  • Be aware of the health and safety policy of Nifco UK Limited, and actively participate in good health and safety practice at all times.
  • Carry out any reasonable request from your line manager with a positive attitude and to the best of your ability
  • Carry out tool changes effectively based on the relevant production plan
  • Demonstrate flexibility by carrying out the duties of a technician regardless of the section you are asked to support
  • Work with other members of staff to investigate problems and identify root causes. Then to support the implementation of solutions to prevent reoccurrences
  • Provide technical support to the manufacturing and engineering departments with regard to new product introduction. Carry out product/process development as necessary

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

  • Day release at college/training provider
  • On and off the job training
  • Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship ST0457
  • An employer approved Level 2 Foundation Competence qualification
  • An employer approved Level 3 Development Competence qualification
  • An employer approved Level 3 Development Technical Knowledge qualification

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Depending on the circumstances of the business upon completion of the apprenticeship programme there could be a potential position of employment available.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working


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

Things to consider

This vacancy is to start immediately therefore you must be available to start before applying. The closing date, interview date and start date are subject to change. This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received. Please ensure you apply early to avoid disappointment. Individuals are able to undertake an apprenticeship at a higher level than a qualification they currently hold, including any previously completed apprenticeships. Individuals can also undertake an apprenticeship at the same level, or lower level than a qualification they already hold as long as the new apprenticeship allows for new skills to be acquired and the content of the training is materially different from any previous qualification or apprenticeship. Northern Skills will check candidates' eligibility prior to any interviews. Please be aware that as Northern Skills provide a recruitment matching service, we will also consider you for roles which pay the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage.

About the employer

Nifco design, develop and manufacture quality components for the global automotive industry and their products can be found in the interior, exterior and engines of many vehicles worldwide.




Nifco House Durham Lane Eaglescliffe


TS16 0PS

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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