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Apprentice Production Technician VPI Holding Ltd

VPI are looking for an Apprentice Production Technician to join their team. Candidates should be confident, keen, and enthusiastic and committed with a positive attitude to work. This is an ideal opportunity to learn all aspects of Production Operation’s and achieve an Advanced Apprenticeship qualification. Duties will include start-up & shutdown the plant process as per operating procedures, operating the plant and process within the set production and safety parameters.

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Closing date: 01 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    1st year Apprentice: £12,000 2nd year Apprentice: £16,000 3rd year Apprentice: £20,000 4th year Apprentice: £24,000

  • Working week

    08:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday Whilst at IPS, then days/shift pattern once on site.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    06 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

VPI Damhead are looking for an apprentice to train alongside our existing, experienced team. As an apprentice you will study a range of programmes working towards a Level 3 Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship standard, covering a variety of skills and qualifications while earning a wage and completing invaluable practical skills in industry. You will be working alongside a mentor and assisting the experienced process shift team with the following duties:

Main Duties and responsibilities.

  • Start-up & shutdown the plant process as per operating procedures
  • Operating the plant and process within the set production and safety parameters
  • Take samples as per the sampling schedule and procedure
  • Complete daily logs and make notes of operational events and communicate to the Shift Team Leader and oncoming shift team
  • Assist in the return to service of new plant and equipment
  • Assisting in carrying out permit to work isolations, de-isolations
  • Report any Health & Safety issues/incidents
  • Report any Engineering issues
  • Ensure good housekeeping standards are maintained on plant

Other responsibilities:

  • Ensure correct stock control of any raw materials used on plant
  • Ensure control of emergency equipment and PPE in the area
  • Ensure correct control of any waste streams and assist in the management of the controlled waste zone 

Due to Health and Safety requirements for shift working, all apprentices must be 18 years of age by April 2025 when they leave their studies at IPS continue their apprenticeships on site.

What we can offer you:

  • Competitive apprenticeship salary
  • Exceptional training and development programme
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • A Flexible programme that is employer led with bespoke training modules
  • Exceptional reward and recognition events
  • Additional Training and Development Plans - see details below

The role will occasionally involve some working at height, work within in confined spaces, and work with PPE required when working with chemicals. Specific training will be provided for these aspects of the role.

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

Level 3 Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician.

Engineering technicians in the wider advanced manufacturing and Engineering Sector take responsibility of quality and accuracy within the limits of their personal authority. Demonstrate a core set of behaviours in order to be competent in their job role and complement wider business strategy and development.

The delivery of this Apprenticeship Standard requires a full year off the job training at the

IPS Training centre. Within the first year the Apprentice will attend four days in the week,

completing practical skills within the IPS Rochester workshop (foundation competence units) and they will attend one day a week, studying the Technical Certificate. In Year 2 the Apprentice moves to day release and will attend the Training Centre one day a week to continue the Technical Certificate, continuing until they are ready for End Point Assessment in Year 3. The Apprentice will continue to receive regular training contact with IPS all throughout the programme.

Core Knowledge:

A Technician will understand:

  • 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

Core Skills:

A Technician will apply their knowledge of plant and systems to safely perform maintenance and operational activities with minimum supervision. This will require them to:

  • 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, and communicate, handover and confirm that the appropriate engineering process has been completed to specification.

Successful achievement of the end-point assessment will lead to final certification of the apprenticeship.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Progression subject to performance, the position comes with personal development throughout your career with VPI and support to deliver the businesses objectives. Support to study and achieve an H.N.C. in a relevant operations discipline within 3 years.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Punctual, Enthusiastic


GCSE or equivalent Maths, English & Science + 2 Additional Subjects (Grade 4/C or above) Essential

Things to consider

Apprentice Employment Agency is acting as an Flexi-Job Apprentice Agency & will engage you for the duration of the apprenticeship & pay your salary. You should be aware that the company/business named in this vacancy is a host employer & you will not be employed by them. Your application may be shared with training providers & employers.

About the employer

An apprenticeship with VPI is a great opportunity to put both theoretical and practical learning into practise. We are one of the largest energy producers in the UK with five operational Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) sites totaling a fleet capacity of 3,119 Megawatts. This is an apprenticeship where you will have the opportunity to make a tangible difference. Not only will you learn valuable skills as you start out on your career, but you will also be doing so in one of our CCGT sites that provides required power and stability to the national grid.


VPI Holding Ltd


Damhead Creek Power Station,





Georgia Marlow

07540 716312

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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