The Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA) is supporting BAT to recruit a Level 3 Apprentice engineering Technician (Mechatronics) to join their team and develop within the organisation. You will be researching and developing the next stage in prototypes for the tobacco industry.

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Closing date: 26 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Year 1 at SETA Monday - Thursday 8am - 4pm, Friday 8am - 3pm. Year 2 onwards, Mon – Friday 08:00 to 16:00 (36 hrs/week)

    Total hours per week: 36

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    20 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Southampton Engineering Training Association is supporting BAT to advertise and recruit apprentices to work at their research and development prototyping hub in Southampton.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an experienced team of engineers & technicians supporting the business to develop the next range of reduced risk tobacco heating products.


Work scope, allocated from managerial levels would include: (but not exclusively):


·       Comply with all BAT EHS Policies & Practices.

·       Maintain and operate machinery to manufacture samples/prototypes to support the R&D Centre Product Development Teams.

·       Work under the direction of assigned Lead Technician(s).

·       Ensure machine ‘set up’ is complete to meet sample specification requirements.

·       “In-process” Quality Assurance test activities.

·       Clean down all machinery & equipment after use.

·       Closely follow defined work practices and/or procedures, as set out in relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or at the discretion/direction of a Lead Technician e.g., machine operation, tobacco control (denaturing) & maintenance activities.

·       Develop a detailed understanding of all Technology in-use across the Pilot Plant.

·       Report on machine performance, bring to the attention of the Lead Technician any areas of concern.

·       Provide the necessary support to the Lead Technician(s) in undertaking Root Cause Analysis exercises and the implementation of agreed corrective measures, following our ethos of continuous improvement.

·       Support to Lead Technicians/Engineers for changeovers and other varying production requirements.

·       General administrative support of individual projects, the wider Team & the Team Manager.

·       Documentation control.

·       Data processing & analysis.


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

Apprentices will undertake an Engineering Technician Mechatronics level 3 Standard, initially attending a full-time period of practical workshop based ‘off-the-job’ training at SETA’s Apprenticeship Centre in Southampton.

You will undertake a technical certificate (depending on your prior attainments) attending SETA one day a week over two academic years. After your initial training at SETA, you will be with your employer working on developing your skills for your End Point Assessment.

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
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

After successfully completing the apprenticeship, you will join the Innovation Development Centre (IDC) full time as either a G33 Manufacturing Technician, Mechanical Technician or Electrical Technician. There will be further opportunities in the future for promotion through the grade structure, targeting G34 Lead Technician and beyond. Promotions are dependent on individual performance, behaviours and yearly objectives being met.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Level 5 & above or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Level 5 & above or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade Level 5 & above or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

Travel to and from SETA training and workplace. Due to the type of industry it is a requirement that you would need to be over the age 18 when the apprenticeship starts on the 11th September 2023

About the employer

We are a leading, multi-category consumer goods business, with over 55,000 employees worldwide. Our purpose is to build ‘A Better Tomorrow’ by reducing the health impact of our business through offering a greater choice of enjoyable and less risky products for our consumers. By combining existing and new capabilities, we are radically redefining our organisation. Digital transformation, technology, and innovation will drive that transition.




Regents Park Road


SO15 8TL

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Training provider



Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA)


023 8077 1908

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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