Maintenance Apprentice (ECC&I) EPR ELY LIMITED

Ely Power Station, the first straw fuelled power station in the UK that generates and leads on green energy to energy to create sustainable renewable electricity, are seeking to recruit an apprentice as a Maintenance Engineer (with a bias towards Electrical) to join their supportive team. Maintaining the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment in industries that are part of the national infrastructure engineering sector.

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Closing date: 17 Jul 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £11,650 to £21,500 (after the 3rd year on apprenticeship completed)

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    04 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Main purposes of job:

During the apprenticeship you will undertake training that enables you to become qualified to undertake planned, preventative and defect maintenance of equipment to include:

  • Modifying rewiring
  • Testing and inspecting
  • Condition-based monitoring
  • Fault finding within our systems

You will also be fully trained to use Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems to make modifications to our processes to ensure the reliability, availability and output of the plant and equipment is achieved.

Key tasks:

  • Executes routine and non-routine maintenance activities in accordance with the approved processes and procedures. Covering Electrical, Controls & Instrumentation maintenance on process plant/power generating equipment (PLCs, sensors, fault finding, etc.)
  • Prepares work to the highest standards ensuring that correct planning has taken place with adequate and competent resources available to include the correct tools, spare parts and ensuring concise method statements and risk assessments are all prepared in advance of the work. All preparation is completed using the Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
  • Ensures that safe working practices and procedures are adhered to within all areas of work. Adheres to the SHE Management System at all times

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

Reports to: Maintenance Co-ordinator and Operations and Maintenance Manager for onsite mentoring support and training.

The practical period of the apprenticeship is dedicated to the development of the knowledge, skills and behaviours:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • EAL Diploma in Engineering Technologies
  • EAL Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance (Electrical pathway)

During the first year of the apprenticeship, you will spend 3-days in-college during term-time and 2 days spent in the Workplace. Into years 2 to 3 years, you will attend college 1 day per week and 4 days spent in the Workplace. Towards the end of the practical training period of apprenticeship the training will be all in the Workplace, preparing for the End Point Assessment. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

EPR Ltd are a progressive company and value their workforce to develop and grow their engineering careers within. For the right candidate, there may be a permanent position on successful completion of apprenticeship.

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 4 or C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or C) Essential

Things to consider

We are an integral part of the local economy generating jobs and investment through the local supply chain. The hours of work are not shift patterns – Monday to Friday during the day only. Due to the very nature of the engineer role, you will be required to be physically fit and enjoy getting involved with skilled maintenance job tasks and learning as part of this Apprenticeship. Full-training with an assigned mentor is provided and PPE uniform as standard. The workplace venue is based on the Elean Power Station, Sutton (off the A142 road) near to Ely with limited access to public transport.

About the employer

Ely Power Station is a renewable energy generator specialising in converting straw and miscanthus into electricity, operated and maintained by our 40 strong in-house team. We are an integral part of the local economy generating jobs and investment through the local supply chain. We were the first straw fuelled power station in the UK and have been generating green energy since 2000. We have excellent availability and provide an invaluable service to local wheat growers. Our combustion ash is sold as fertiliser to the British agricultural industry making this a truly sustainable business model. We have strong environmental awareness with a continued focus on improving our green credentials and are ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 certified. Our output reduces CO2 emissions by some 83,000 tonnes each year by displacing the equivalent amount of generation from gas fired plants. This equates to taking more than 32,000 cars off the UK's roads.




Elean Business Park




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Training provider




01223 418778

Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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