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As a process operator apprentice, you would be required to undertake the safe and efficient operation of hi-tech glass manufacturing and glass transformation machinery whilst learning how to recognise faults and process problems quickly in order to maintain the efficiency of the process whilst avoiding unnecessary process line down time.

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

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Closing date: 29 Aug 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Friday for the first year at HETA, 8am till 4pm. In years 2 and 3 the successful student will work on Saint Gobain's shift pattern.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    31 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    23 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As a process operator apprentice, you would be part of a team which is responsible for ensuring that our products are manufactured in a safe environment and to a high standard, enabling the company to meet the requirements of our customers.

At Eggborough we produce the following groups of products:

  • Float glass
  • Coating glass to increase energy efficiency
  • Laminating glass for security and noise reduction purposes

The key areas of the process operator apprenticeship would include:

  • Health & Safety Regulation
  • Continuous Improvement tools including basic problem solving
  • Dealing with the issues relating to a production line
  • Learning to assist with plant start-ups and shutdowns
  • Learning how to monitor and control the production line
  • Learning how to communicate clearly with other team members, and managers
  • Learning how to react to non-standard or emergency situations in an effective way

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

Students will be working on a 3-year apprenticeship, year 1 will be spent at the HETA training centre where they will complete the following training:

  • Process workshop training including some basic engineering skills as well bench fitting, electrical wire and testing and fluid power
  • A Level 3 diploma in process technologies
  • 1 day a week, completing a Level 3 technical qualification including maths and health & safety
  • You will be working with our instructors to develop the knowledge skills and behaviours required of your apprenticeship standard

Years 2 and 3 will be spent on site at Saint Gobain where they will work alongside the process team and gain hands on experience and training to further their knowledge as well as working towards their Maintenance and operations engineering technician qualification.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship candidates can be offered a full-time contract of Employment in their chosen specialism.

Saint Gobain Glass believe in developing people and there will therefore be options to progress within the company with opportunities for Higher Education or through multi-skilling.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Math (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 5) Essential

Things to consider

Applicants need to be able to travel to Eggborough in years 2 and 3.

About the employer

At Saint-Gobain we pride ourselves on being innovative, customer focused, agile, open and engaging and entrepreneurial. We are also proud to have been named a ‘Top Employer’ for 5 consecutive years. If you are a quick learner, you like working in a team, and you want to know what it’s like to work for a top employer that is working hard to make the world a better home; then please read on to find out more about this exciting opportunity to join us as a Process Operator – Transformation Lines. You’ll be working for Saint Gobain Glass UK in Eggborough. Saint Gobain Glass UK is one of more than 30 exciting Saint-Gobain brands in the UK and the only UK based Saint Gobain site to manufacture flat glass for the commercial and domestic market.




Weeland Road


DN14 0FD

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Training provider



Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 29 Aug 2023