Apprentice Cable Jointer / Electrical Fitter ETA CONNECT LIMITED

The Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA) is supporting ETA to recruit a L3 Electrical Fitter Apprentice to join their Engineering team & develop within the organisation. Training in all aspects of job role requirements as well as gaining extensive knowledge of engineering materials & standards used in the Engineering sector.

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Closing date: 03 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Annual salary £16,000-18,000 dependent on candidate, additional allowances for site or offshore work

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 07:45 – 16:15 Friday 07:45 – 12:45 (3pm whilst at SETA) 40 hours (nominally 07:30 – 15:30) at ETA

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    23 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Apprentices working at ETA will be working as part of the team, working to complete the requirements of the L3 Apprentice Fitter (electrical) Standard. To ensure you gain the experience you will:

  • Check, sub-assemble and test subsea cable equipment according to reference drawings and documentation
  • Train in jointing subsea cables (power and fibre optic) – following both in-house ‘on the job’ and external component-specific courses
  • Commission and test subsea-cable related products

You will develop technical appreciation of the key aspects of high voltage cable systems and ‘hands-on’ electrical and mechanical engineering skills using a variety of hand and power tools. 

As your skills develop you will have the opportunity to travel worldwide working as part of our service team on site and offshore as well as in our Romsey workshops.  . 

The training you will be getting

Apprentices will undertake a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard programme. This will include a full-time period of practical workshop based ‘off-the-job’ training at SETA’s Apprenticeship Centre in Southampton.

You will also begin a knowledge qualification (depending on your prior attainments) where you will be required to attend SETA one day a week over two academic years.

After your initial training at SETA, you will be with your employer working on developing your skills; ultimately leading to your End Point Assessment.

SETA will make regular visits during this period of time to ensure you will covering all the required aspects of the Standard, which includes a practical element, a theory test and a professional discussion, regarding the work achieved with your employer.

These final tests are administered by an independent assessment organisation and take place in the last six months of the apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The expected progression is to develop power cable and related fibre-optic jointing skills and qualifications to cover fibre cables and power cables from medium voltage (up to 33kV) to extra-high voltage (132kV and above).  Once fully qualified and experienced there will be opportunities to develop further, specialising in testing and commissioning, or in a supervisory role.

Alternative career pathways within the company include technical support and project engineering roles.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5) Essential

Things to consider

Keen to learn and see your developing skills fully utilised? We make these things happen. But think! Do you have the patience to absorb the practical aspects, the discipline to work accurately, and the enthusiasm to keep going when deadlines loom? If so, our team will welcome you to help make the most of our leading position in this fascinating and growing industry. Apprentices will be working in a variety of environments. Full safety training will be given and appropriate PPE issued, but our Apprentice will be expected to have a mature approach to site safety issues. A good standard of fitness is required, for site and offshore working. You will need to complete company-funded offshore survival training and pass a seafarers medical. You will also need to maintain a valid passport to facilitate international travel. Monthly wage/salary dependent upon age and previous experience. Salary will be reviewed on an annual basis and progress within the apprenticeship scheme No guaranteed car parking at Training Provider

About the employer

ETA was formed in 1995 to provide specialist services to the submarine cable industry. Our marine project expertise is now applied across telecom, power, marine renewables and oil and gas markets. We provide independent, high quality project management, technical and QA services to a broad spectrum of developers and contractors. This role is working within our affiliate company ETA-Connect Ltd, which was formed in 2015 to develop our range of power and fibre cable accessories. ETA products are in demand worldwide, especially for the rapidly growing marine renewables sector. A key strength is the knowledge and skill of our people. Nonetheless, ETA has invested in the supporting systems, software and hardware essential to our role, including staff training and development, project management, records management, CAD and GIS. We operate fully documented quality and HSE systems.




Unit 29

Romsey Ind Estate


SO51 0HR

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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


Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA)


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering fitter

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

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