Apprentice Production Technician IST POWER LTD

Based at sites in Manchester and Leicester, IST Power is a renowned specialist transformer manufacturer engaged in the design, engineering, manufacture and supply of a wide range of transformers, reactors and other wound components. There is plenty of scope for our apprentices to “grow” into almost any role in the company!

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Closing date: 17 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday. Flexible, starting 07.00 hrs or 07.30 hrs, finishing 15.30 or 16.00 hrs. Half-day on a Friday.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    18 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Our product range is specialised yet vast, so the work and constant training is both challenging and interesting. The role should be seen as a “career” rather than “a job” and we will provide the framework and training to support your learning journey with us.

You will be trained to:

  • Read & interpret engineering drawings
  • Understand bills of material
  • Use appropriate tools, equipment & materials to perform an engineering task
  • Understand & work to the ISO9001:2015 Quality process
  • Own and control quality and engineering documents
  • Dry, process & (vacuum) fill transformers
  • Complete basic wiring processes
  • Perform a pressure test
  • Perform basic soldering, brazing and welding techniques
  • Pack and complete a final inspection

The training you will be getting

Level 2 Engineering Operative apprenticeship standard to include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Skills) - Practical Skills Training
  • Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Operations (Knowledge) - Theoretical Knowledge
  • Level 1/2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

The Skills and Knowledge element of the programme will be delivered at The STEGTA Training Centre based in Flixton, Manchester.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Almost all of our recruits started their journey “on the shopfloor” – understanding how transformers are wound, processed, built & tested, they have then become:

  • Coil winders
  • Assembly technicians
  • Fitters
  • Wiring specialists
  • Testers

Some have also progressed into engineering, materials & supervisory roles.

Further training would be provided if applicable to their role or future development in the company.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Enjoys working practically, Keen to learn, Enthusiastic, Reliable


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

Things to consider

Please do not contact the employer directly - or applications to come via STEGTA. Please ensure that you can travel to the location of the employer in Wythenshawe and also the STEGTA Training Centre in Flixton (where you will undertake your training) before applying.

About the employer

Based at sites in Manchester and Leicester, IST Power is a renowned specialist transformer manufacturer engaged in the design, engineering, manufacture and supply of a wide range of transformers, reactors and other wound components. We supply solutions worldwide to a diverse range of markets including the UK National Electricity Grid, Network Rail, semiconductor manufacturers, aviation, renewable energy and defence. We are a medium sized company and our employees are heavily involved from day 1! We drive for innovation and are proud of our mission to have a “First Class Product”, and this is being met by our continued investment in our stand-out product range, which is exceeding our customers’ expectations and, in some instances, leading the world.




Longley Lane

Sharston Industrial Area


M22 4RU

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Sonja Hope

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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