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Electrical Maintenance Apprentice WILLIAM LEE LIMITED

William Lee Limited are looking for an Electrical Maintenance Apprentice to complete a Level 3 apprenticeship to join their team. As an Electrical Maintenance Apprentice engineer at William Lee, your duties and responsibilities will vary based on the Company’s requirements, building your knowledge in a busy foundry environment.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday – Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    03 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    13 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This is a great opportunity for apprentices to gain experience in the foundry industry in a British owned company competing in a global market in business for over 150 years. We make iron castings for a wide variety of international customers including BMW, Mercedes, Daimler, Borg, Castings and GT. 

Role and responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all work is completed to a high standard, whilst complying with the Company’s Health and Safety requirements to ensure the safety of yourself and others
  • To conduct risk assessments on all jobs in the form of 'Take Two'
  • Communicate effectively with peers and management
  • To work as part of the Maintenance Team ensuring all equipment is operating efficiently and safely
  • Become fluent in our TPM maintenance system (Total Productive Maintenance) to ensure efficient running of plant assets
  • Ensure that the working area is clean and tidy on completion of any job or task
  • To install and maintain new and existing equipment, whilst ensuring production is not interrupted
  • To put forward and communicate ideas and to be involved with plant improvement 

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

After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Mechatronics Maintenance Technician

Plus one of the following:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology (QCF) – for starts up to June 2017 only
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies (QCF) - for starts up to June 2017 only
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) – for all starts from 1st July 2017

You will study on a Level 3 Engineering Technician standard on a Mechatronics Maintenance Technician pathway.  On completion of this, you will gain a qualification in Engineering at Advanced Level 3 standard.

During the first year of the apprenticeship, your learning will take place at the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre based at Catcliffe, Rotherham, for an initial block of study on a full-time basis. After this, you will attend the Training Centre for one day a week for knowledge study.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Completion of the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre apprenticeships are nationally recognised qualifications which are acknowledged and respected by employers across the world.
  • These can open the door to many more opportunities, such as Engineering Management and Project Engineering positions across a range of sectors worldwide

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Self motivated, Multitask, Task orientated


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths Higher Paper (Grade 4 or above) Essential

About the employer

William Lee has existed as an iron foundry for over 100 years and spent the majority of its time on Callywhite Lane, Dronfield. It has deep history since it began in 1860 as a family business at Montrose Works, Sheffield. The company moved to Callywhite Lane in 1901 and in 1924 the business was no longer owned by the Lee family. The foundry specialised in the production of malleable iron castings under various owners, such as William Prestwich and Sons in 1924, Tarmac in 1963 and Parkfield Group in 1986. During the Parkfield years the foundry started the move away from Malleable iron to spheroidal graphite iron (SG iron) as the business moved more towards truck and automotive iron castings. In 1991 the company was acquired by Castings PLC, and since that time the business has seen significant investment in new buildings, plant and equipment heading towards £50M. Today William Lee is one of the largest foundries left in the UK, following the demise of the UK foundry industry due to lack of investment, productivity and intense Worldwide competition. It is continual investment in plant, processes and a dedicated workforce that has enabled the company to remain in business. The company’s old 4 tonne ladles mark the entrance to Dronfield in two strategic places. These ladles where used for the production of malleable iron produced through cupola melting. Iron being transferred from the cupola receiving drum into these ladles for transferring into a large holding furnace.




Callywhite Lane



S18 2XU

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Training provider



Recruitment Team

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please follow the link to apply on the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre website and complete an application form. Once this has been received, it will be reviewed, and you will receive an email response with the next steps of the application process. Please note the AMRC Training Centre reserves the right to close company vacancies, should they get filled, ahead of the published closing date.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Feb 2023