Mechanical Engineer Apprentice PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED

Pilkington UK Limited has exciting opportunities for individuals who wish to begin a successful career as a Mechanical Engineering Technician in a world-leading glass manufacturing business. You will be qualified to Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering with further progression possible.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £18,000.00

    Pay will be reviewed annually and will rise with each year of the apprenticeship.

  • Working week

    Year 1 at Waterside Training (WA9 1TW) Monday - Friday 8.45am - 4.30pm Year 2 onwards on site at Pilkingtons (WA8 5DZ) Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm with day release to Waterside Training to complete the qualification.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000224311

  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Pilkington UK Limited has exciting opportunities for individuals who wish to begin a successful career as a Mechanical Engineering Technician in a world-leading glass manufacturing business.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a business which has a proven track record of developing apprentices who aspire to become team leaders and managers in the UK and around the world.

As a Mechanical Enginering Apprentice, you will gain experience of:

  • Machine and equipment maintenance, including preventative and planned maintenance tasks on mechanical equipment such as gearboxes, pumps, chain drive systems, hydraulics, pneumatics etc
  • Fault finding and diagnostics
  • Using preventative maintenance systems

Restoring components undertaking repair:

  • Replacement and servicing equipment

Apprentices will gain knowledge of both mechanical and electrical engineering principles, leadership skills, quality control, health and safety training, and exposure to non-operational functions (Planning, Finance, Commercial) at our world- class manufacturing facilities in St Helens.

Additional training such as health and safety, de-fib, first aid, vehicles (including forklift trucks), technical knowledge and leadership skills will all be provided by the business.

The training you will be getting

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a business which has a proven track record of developing apprentices who aspire to become team leaders and managers in the UK and around the world.

The apprenticeship will provide training in mechanical skills for the maintenance and fault finding of manufacturing equipment within the glass industry, working with our teams of highly skilled engineers to provide mechanical engineering support to our multi-million pound plant operations.

Apprentices will gain knowledge of mechanical engineering principles, leadership skills, quality control, health and safety training, and exposure to non-operational functions (Planning, Finance, Commercial) at our world- class manufacturing facilities in St Helens.

Additional Training such as Health and Safety, De-fib, First Aid,  and Vehicles (including forklift trucks) will all be provided by the business.

During year 1 you will attend Waterside (WA9 1TW) full time from Monday to Friday from 8:45 am. to 4:30 p.m.

During year 2, 3 and 4, you will attend Pilkington’s two manufacturing sites at Cowley Hill and Greengate in St Helens (WA9 5DZ).  You will work at 37.5 hour week from Monday to Friday, with the possibility of spending some time on shifts during your final year.

You will be qualified on a Level 3 City & Guilds Mechanical Engineering Qualification and a Level 3 Science Industry Maintenance Technician standard with the possibility of progression to HNC Level 4 Qualification.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

We endeavour to offer full time, permanent roles to qualified Engineering Technicians at the end of the period of apprenticeship training.
We are a global business with opportunities for talented individuals both in the UK and abroad; most of our former apprentices go on to become Team Leaders, with many subsequently moving into engineering management roles both at our Upstream manufacturing sites and at our European Technical Centre in Lathom, nr Ormskirk.
Funding for degrees is available, subject to business requirements, throughout your career.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Engineering (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

Apprentices may occasionally be exposure to hot working environments and dusty areas due to the nature of our processes. Shift work may be required in the final year of the apprenticeship and during the employment.

About the employer

As a member of the NSG Group, Pilkington United Kingdom Limited is one of the leading glass suppliers in the UK. We manufacture, process and distribute glass in the UK using the most advanced glass and coating technology. We offer a wide range of innovative flat glass solutions for the construction industry, and we also manufacture and supply products for non-building related applications such as digital signage and display. The Pilkington brand is synonymous with technical excellence and service in the glass industry. With buildings accounting for almost 50 percent of the energy consumed in developed countries, increased focus is being placed on legislation and policies to improve their energy efficiency. Our products play a vital role in this area as well as in reducing CO2 emissions. Other advanced functionalities of our glass include fire protection, noise insulation, safety and security, privacy, decoration and even self-cleaning properties. Glass also has an important role to play in the developing Solar Energy sector. We supply products for all three of the leading technologies, converting power from the sun into clean renewable energy. Based in St Helens and at the NSG Group's European Technical Centre nearby in Lathom, Lancashire, we employ around 3,000 people across the UK.

Employer

PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED

Address

Green Gate Works

Sherdley Road

St. Helens

WA9 5DZ

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Training

Training provider

ST HELENS COLLEGE

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

Contact

Michelle Lewis

mlewis@waterside-training.co.uk

01744616837

Apprenticeship standard

Science industry maintenance technician

Level 3 (A level)

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


Employer's Application Instructions

Apply directly through Waterside Training Ltd website and the team will contact you to arrange the next stage of the recruitment process.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Apr 2024