Level 3 Improvement Technician Apprentice EPWIN GROUP PLC

This exciting opportunity is for anybody wanting a career in Continuous Improvement, learning to use the lean toolbox to actively identify need and opportunity for improvement. Improvement Technicians will be responsible for delivery and coaching of improvement activity within an area of responsibility, associated with Lean and Six Sigma methods.

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Closing date: 28 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    24 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

You will use tried and tested tools and techniques to participate in improvement-based projects with a range of stake holders with operations.  Working to the company's objectives related to improving efficiency whilst reducing cost through identification and elimination of the lean 8 wastes.

Day to day duties could involve:

  • Engaging team members in the identification of improvement opportunities and relevant countermeasures and controls
  • Machine Parameter Audit
  • 5s Audits
  • Visual Management Board updates
  • Initiating and facilitating improvement activities through to confirmed resolution
  • Providing local expertise in business improvement methods and basic tools to team
  • Weekly, monthly and quarterly scrap data analysis
  • Weekly, monthly and quarterly OEE data analysis
  • Monitoring of KPIs to ensure all machines, equipment and departments are operating to optimise performance and maximise yield
  • Working in and with underperforming areas and processes, analyse root cause analysis leading to the planning, implementing and assisting in delivery suitable solutions
  • Involvement in trouble shooting and problem solving of process issues using techniques and tools such as VSM, DMAIC, A3 and PDCA
  • Implementation of CI best practices including TPM, 5S and SMED
  • Actively promote the culture of CI throughout the business
  • Participate as a key project team member, performance improvements and cost reduction initiatives
  • Assist in planning and execution of projects to ensure project timelines, quality and cost targets are met.

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

This is a level 3 Improvement Technician apprenticeship qualification, delivered over a period of 15 months.  The apprentice will attend 12 monthly sessions at In-Comm Training Services in Telford, TF3 3AJ, and the remainder of the apprenticeship will be spent on the job alongside monthly assessment visits.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There will be a full-time opportunity once the apprenticeship has been completed.  The salary will be reviewed after 12 months and there will be further opportunity to gain more qualifications and develop and progress on the Level 3 Improvement Practitioner Apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Clean and tidy approach, Punctual and adaptable, Work on own initiative, Polite manner, Positive approach, Work driven, Ability to lead a team, Mechanically minded, Good dexterity skills, Leadership qualities, Consistent, Clear and accurate, Integrity, Inspire others, Able to encourage others


GCSE or equivalent English, Maths and Science (Grade 9-5) Essential

Things to consider

Must be able to travel to Epwin in Hortonwood as well as the training centre at TF3 3AJ

About the employer

The Group has grown both organically and by acquisition to become the leading manufacturer of energy efficient and low maintenance building products for the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement, social housing and new build markets in the UK. The Group serves the trade, retail, new build and social housing sectors through a nationwide network of merchants, plastics stockists, window, door and conservatory manufacturers and installers. Our products are designed and manufactured in-house to suit the needs of our end-user markets and are sold under established and trusted brands. We have a wide product range to cater for all requirements and are constantly investing and innovating in new processes, products and services.




Hortonwood 37




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Training provider



Sue Fisher or Alex Jones

01922 457686

Apprenticeship standard

Improvement technician

Level 3 (A level)

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