Advanced Design Engineering Apprenticeship Pall Aerospace

The Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA) is supporting Pall Aerospace to recruit a Level 3 Apprentice Design and Draught (Mechanical) to join their team and develop within the organisation. Pall Aerospace provides training/development in; CAD, drawing, technical reports, problem solving, innovation and design for manufacture.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Year One at SETA Monday to Thursday 08:00 hrs. to 16:00 hrs, Friday 08:00 hrs to 15:30 hrs Year Two onwards Monday to Thursday 08:00 hrs. to 16:30 hrs Friday 08:00 hrs to 15:30 hrs

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    27 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The apprenticeship runs for four years.


The first year is Basic Training, fulltime at SETA Ltd in Southampton. You will learn, hands-on, all aspects of engineering principles and practices e.g. fabrication, fitting, turning, milling and electrical. In addition, you will commence a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering.


The second and third-year will be based at Pall Aerospace's Manufacturing facility in Redruth, Cornwall. These two years are designed to provide you with the expertise, confidence and ability to work within a variety of functions across the aerospace business, and develop the capabilities required as a Technician Apprentice in engineering in a real world setting. In these two years your duties will include:

•              Practical machining skills so that you learn how to design for manufacture

•              Rotations around the factory to give you insight in how the business operates

You will also study for an HNC in Mechanical and Production Engineering at Truro College, on a day release basis over these two years.


The fourth-year will be based in the design office at Pall’s Portsmouth facility, where your duties will include:

•              Design and drafting

•              3D CAD (CATIA)

•              Analysis

•              Technical reports

These skills will serve you in your ongoing career as a Design Technician and Engineer. 


You will also begin an HND in Mechanical Engineering at South Downs College in Hampshire.

You will conclude your apprenticeship as a Design Technician and join the engineering team based at either Redruth or Portsmouth (Appropriate vacancy dependant).

This vacancy is for one position at the Portsmouth location and one at the Redruth location after the apprenticeship, please ensure you take this into account when applying.


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

Apprentices will undertake a L3 Design and Draught (Mechanical) Standard programme. This includes a full-time period of practical workshop based ‘off the job’ training at SETA’s Apprenticeship Centre in Southampton.

Dependant on your previous qualifications you will required to undertake functional skills L2 in mathematics and English.

After your initial training at SETA, you will work with your employer to develop your skills for your End Point Assessment.

You will also begin a technical certificate (depending on your prior attainments) where you will be required to attend Truro College one day a week over two academic years. After your initial training at SETA, you will work with your employer to develop your skills for your End Point Assessment.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

It is hoped that the successful applicant will stay and grow their experience with Pall Corporation, progress onto a fully sponsored degree and begin a successful career in engineering. There are many progression opportunities to develop into more senior engineering roles as experience is gained.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, 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
GCSE or equivalent Design & Technology (Grade Level 5 or equivalent) Desired

Things to consider

Travel to and from SETA training and workplace. This apprenticeship will require the individual to be able to work for periods of time at Portsmouth, Redruth in Cornwall and attend SETA, Millbrook, Southampton. Living assistance is provided for part of this apprenticeship.

About the employer

Pall is a Fortune 1000 materials science and engineering company with the broadest filtration, separation and purification capabilities in the world. Our process and product enabling technologies help our customers make good products better, safer and even possible. We provide innovative products to our customers in the aerospace division which protect critical operating assets, improve product quality, minimise emissions and waste, and safeguard health.


Pall Aerospace


Cardrew Industrial Estate

Cardrew Way

Mount Ambrose

TR15 1SS

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Training provider



Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA)

023 8077 1908

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering design and draughtsperson

Level 3 (A level)

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