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Engineer Technician Apprentice DS SMITH PLC

Are you looking for a career in Engineering? D S Smith Sheetfeeding in Blunham, Bedfordshire are currently seeking a highly motivated and ambitious individual who would enjoy working in a manufacturing environment as an Engineer Technician Apprentice.

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

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Closing date: 26 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    23 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As you progress through your apprenticeship you will support the engineering team and work on developing a planned preventative maintenance plan and, carry out reactive repairs and improvements of equipment.

You will learn how to understand how and where to source spare parts and service contracts, with a view to continually improving performance while reducing costs.

You will maintain comprehensive equipment records, with details of repairs completed, root causes, and corrective actions and comply with asset management performance targets.

You will work with wider DS Smith engineering teams to ensure the site is fully compliant with all policies, and to stay fully informed of technical developments in the business. Maintain and continually improve standards in the engineering workshops, and when conducting tasks around the site.

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

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence)
  • Technical Support Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Progression and a full-time role on successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Good attention to detail, Good communication skills, Good time keeper, Problem solving skills


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9 - 4 (A* to C)) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9 - 4 (A* to C)) Desired

Things to consider

25 days holiday plus bank holidays. Qualifying sick pay. Pension and share scheme. Life assurance and income protection. Employee Assistance Programme, Virtual GP, Occupational Health. Free eye tests, free flu vaccines. Cycle to work scheme and other shopping discounts. Learning and development opportunities. Long service awards. Employee Recognition. Free onsite parking. After your apprenticeship you will work a shift rota. A competitive apprenticeship starting salary is offered, with incremental increases as you progress through your training. You will also receive the support of course tutors, workplace coaches and mentors to help you along the way and enable you to develop your skills and potential.

About the employer

We believe that replacing problem plastics in packaging with completely renewable fibre-based materials is the sustainable alternative consumers are both demanding and actively seeking out. Even small changes, like replacing plastic sealing tape with self-locking flaps or plastic labels with print direct onto cardboard, can make a massive environmental difference. We are constantly identifying new areas where fibre-based solutions can replace problem plastics. It means developing innovative packaging solutions that can replace problem plastics with more sustainable alternatives.




South Mills

MK44 3PH

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 26 Feb 2023