Engineering Apprenticeship - Production Planner JENKS & CATTELL ENGINEERING LIMITED

A Production Planner is the key communication link between Jenks & Cattell Engineering and our customer when all the components are in production. The Production Planner will work closely with the engineers to ensure the components run smoothly through the factory and have regular close communication with our Warehouse and Logistics teams.

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Closing date: 07 Aug 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5pm, Friday – 8.30am-1.30pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    28 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    21 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • The Planner will be responsible for working with other planners to plan the manufacture of components throughout the factory, and potentially sending it to a subcontractor for painting or machining, then packaging at Jenks & Cattell Engineering and delivering them to the customer in time based on their schedules
  • Each Planner is given a handful of customers. They will have a good knowledge of all our processes including laser cutting, welding and presswork and local subcontractors services. They are responsible for ensuring customers deliveries are on time and manufactured cost effectively with no special transport
  • Thinking outside of the box is key, and often making quick decisions is key to save costs and adhere to customer expectations. A methodical and organised mindset is crucial, as well as the ability to plan your time efficiently and have confidence to speak and negotiate with suppliers and be literate on all Microsoft programmes especially Excel

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

Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard.

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)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Technical Support
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) - for all starts from 1st July 2017

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There may be a permanent position available after successful completion of this apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills


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

About the employer

Jenks & Cattell Engineering were established in 1886 and are one of the most experienced metal work companies in the UK with presswork, laser cutting and welding facilities. We mainly supply the automotive, EV and off-highway/engine industry. We have planned growth and secure business to grow by a further £5m in 3 years. Our current goals include improving efficiency of our equipment and processes, investment in new machinery including a 5-axis laser and enhancing our Target Zero philosophy. We like to grow all of our apprentices to full time roles and further education and have done for over a decade.




Neachells Lane



WV11 3PU

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Training provider



Clare McAuliffe

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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