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Engineering Design & Draughtsperson Apprentice SPECIALIST SWITCHGEAR SYSTEMS LTD

Specialist Switchgear Systems Ltd are one of Britain’s leading designers of electrical hubs that have powered industry for more than 40 years. They are looking for an Apprentice to support their design team based in Bury. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to start a career within an engineering design environment!

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Closing date: 11 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Company Pension from 22 years of age Opportunities for overtime

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm *Please note that a candidate aged under 18 would work no more than 40 hours per week.

    Total hours per week: 42.5

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    19 Dec 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Produce detailed engineering drawings to relevant standards and codes, using paper and computer
  • Costing of design jobs using CAD Software
  • Identify and assess factors that affect designs e.g. materials, application, location, risk and environment
  • Design engineering concepts to solve engineering challenges
  • Check completed drawings for quality, technical compliance and completeness - both own or those of peers

You will also develop an understanding of:

  • Document Management and change control
  • Engineering codes and standards
  • Common engineering principles and the application of maths and science to engineering
  • Fundamentals of engineering drawing and design
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, its appropriate application including 2D and 3D modelling

To underpin your understanding and knowledge of our products, you will also get the opportunity to spend some time within our workshop to see the manufacturing process first hand.


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

Level 3 Engineering Design & Draughtsperson Standard to include:

  • Attendance at College on a day release over 2 years to study a Level 3 theoretical knowledge qualification
  • Work based portfolio of competence to meet the Standard requirements of Knowledge,Skills and Behaviours
  • End Point Assessment 
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (if required)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon completion of the Level 3 programme, there may be an opportunity for you to progress to a HNC.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Self motivated, Interest in engineering design


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including English (Grade A*-C / 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/5) Essential

Things to consider

Please ensure that you can travel to the location of the vacancy each day before applying. Please do not contact the employer directly - all applications to come via STEGTA.

About the employer

Specialist Switchgear is one of Britain’s leading designers of electrical hubs that have powered industry for more than 40 years. Still family-owned, we’re proud of our three generations of expertise and knowledge that have kept the country’s buildings warm, light, cool and running since 1972. With depots and manufacturing facilities across Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire, we service electrical contractors, specifiers, engineers and facilities managers, helping them design and maintain new and existing switchgear systems that secure power to vital operations in factories, schools, hospital, stadia, airports and offices across all sectors and industries.




73-75 Bridge Street




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Training provider



Sonja Hope

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering design and draughtsperson

Level 3 (A level)

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