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Mechanical Engineer Apprentice PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED

Waterside Training in partnership with Pilkington UK Limited based at St Helens has a fantastic opportunity for an apprentice to join the Engineering team to support the manufacturing operations as a Mechanical Engineering Maintenance Apprentice, provided with full training and qualified up to a HNC in engineering and fully employed.

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

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Closing date: 28 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Annual Salary: £9,823 pa raising to £18,589 pa depending on age (to be reviewed in April 2023)

  • Working week

    Year 1 based at Waterside Training 8.45am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday Years 2, 3 & 4 based at Pilkingtons sites St Helens. You will work at 37.5 hour week from Mon -Fri, with the possibility of spending some time on shifts during your final year.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    20 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The four-year engineering apprenticeship will initially cover broad based training in Electrical and Mechanical skills at Waterside Training in St Helens with years 2,3 and 4 working on plant at St Helens alongside professional engineers tackling “real life” activities as a Mechanical Engineer whilst continuing to attend college day release up to Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering.

The apprenticeship will provide training in mechanical skills for the maintenance and fault finding of manufacturing equipment within the glass industry.

Our team of highly skilled Engineers work closely with all other departments to provide electrical engineering support throughout all production.

Engineers work as part of a team to provide engineering support to multi-million pound plant operations, to maintain and repair equipment to improve efficiency and product quality along with carrying out fault finding diagnosis and problem solving.  

As a Mechanical Engineer you will be involved in Mechanical activities assisting the engineering teams in various job roles.  You will be trained in both areas assisting with preventative maintenance on mechanical equipment, such as gearboxes, pumps, chain drive systems, hydraulics, pneumatics and assisting with preventative maintenance.  

As part of the Engineering team you will aim to react quickly, safely and professionally to all requests as we work towards the goals of Pilkington UK Ltd.

You will be involved in activities such as:

* machine and equipment maintenance, including preventative and        planned maintenance tasks,

* fault finding and diagnostics, using preventative maintenance     systems

* restoring components undertaking repair, replacement and servicing equipment.

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

During year 1 you will build, assemble, install and commission a live electrical panel with emergency controls, stop/start sequence and techniques like PLC's that drive a motor control speed unit to activate a working panel and/or conveyor system along with learning about measuring, marking out, bench fitting techniques along with lathe, milling and mechanical maintenance type activities. 

During year 1 you will attend Waterside full time from Monday to Friday from 8:45 am. to 4:30 p.m.

During year 2, 3 and 4, you will  attend one of Pilkington’s three manufacturing sites at Cowley Hill, Greengate and Watson Street in St Helens.  You will work at 37.5 hour week from Monday to Friday, with the possibility of spending some time on shifts during your final year.

You must be able to travel to both Waterside and Pilkington sites in St Helens to attend both off the job and on the job training. 

Apprentices will achieve City & Guilds Level 3 qualification with the option of HNC in engineering by the end of your aprrenticeship.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

We endeavour to offer full time, permanent roles to qualified Engineering Technicians at the end of the period of apprenticeship training. We are a global business with opportunities for talented individuals both in the UK and abroad; most of our former apprentices go on to become Team Leaders, with many subsequently moving into Engineering management roles both at our Upstream manufacturing sites and at our European Technical Centre in Lathom, nr Ormskirk.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Engineering (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

You may be required to work across 3 different sites in St Helens and you may be required to work shifts in the last year of your apprenticeship. You must be able to travel to both Waterside Training and Pilkingtons St Helens.

About the employer

As a member of the NSG Group, Pilkington United Kingdom Limited is one of the leading glass suppliers in the UK. We manufacture, process and distribute glass in the UK under the Pilkington brand name, using the most advanced glass and coating technology. We offer a wide range of innovative flat glass solutions for the construction industry and we also manufacture and supply products for non-building related applications such as digital signage, and display using products such as Pilkington OptiView™ and Pilkington MirroView™.




Green Gate Works

Sherdley Road

St. Helens


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Training provider



Michelle Lewis


Apprenticeship standard

Science industry maintenance technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Apply through Waterside Training website. Application form will be reviewed and you will be contacted to discuss the next stage of the recruitment process if your application form is accepted.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Apr 2023