Birmingham Stopper- Level 3 Process Engineering Apprenticeship BIRMINGHAM STOPPER LTD

During time on site at Birmingham Stopper you will start to support and develop process timings, time studies, costing, process evaluation, process flows and how to complete quotations for customers.

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

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Closing date: 04 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 8.00am - 4.30pm and Friday, 8.00am - 12.30pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    24 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Collaborating with teams to improve efficiency and reduce downtime where possible creating a lean workflow

Developing a time study program to ensure current work is running at rate quoted and capacity planning for site is true which is supported by timed processes

Learn to read technical drawings and understand tolerancing and engineering symbols. The aim of the role is to develop a robust lean principal on site reducing off standards and improving overall efficiency. Collaborating with the commercial team you will be a client-driven person always representing Birmingham Stopper in a professional manner

During the apprenticeship you will spend time on the working shop floor at Birmingham Stopper so must always work safe and ensure all required PPE is always worn. Follow guidelines and never work on a piece of equipment you have not been fully trained to use

Collaborating with the teams on site ensure good, clear, and robust communication is always used when requested support or agreeing projects on site, this is to ensure we take no risks and always plan reviews and improvements required as a team with full communication and team sign off

You will spend time in each area of the business to ensure you have a solid foundation of all processes and opportunities on site

You may be ask to support other projects on site at Birmingham Stopper so please ensure all safety measures are in place to support these and if you are ever concerned about starting any work, stop, do not continue and review with your site Mentor your concerns and agree a plan of action.

Your site Mentor is in place to support this program, ensure PPE and HS is always complied with and you are working in a safe environment to protect you and the team on site.


  • Time and Attendance
  • Workbook – logbook maintained
  • Sit and completed projects vs timelines set
  • All Exams are fully attended as required
  • Conduct Is respectful and professional at all times

The training you will be getting

Together with invaluable commercial and practical experience, you’ll gain several academic and vocational qualifications throughout your time with us, which are fully paid for, including:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)  – off the job full time at Make UK in Aston, Birmingham in year 1
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) 
  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • In house training in line with your requirements

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Great opportunities of future personal development on site

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Commitment to the programme, Communication skills, Problem solving skills


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Essential

Things to consider

• Supported by Make UK you will undertake a L3 Maintenance program – apprenticeship over a 4-year period. • Year 1 will be off site at Make UK with a split of 70/30 off site learning key skills. • Year 2-3-4 will be on site at Birmingham Stopper with day release – exam time planned as needed to support and study for course and project details. Full program and course content will be shared once course at Make UK starts. • When based at “Make UK”, you will be representing Birmingham Stopper Ltd, so your personal conduct must always be professional and respectable at all times. • Time and attendance are important to ensure you do not miss any study time.

About the employer

We are a engineering business producing parts for Large Engines, non-automotive fabrications for a wide range customers using Power Presses, Brake Presses, laser cutting, spot welding and Mig – Tig welding to produce small to medium size parts. We have been based in Birmingham for over 125 years with a great DNA for future opportunities. We began life manufacturing bottle stoppers – hence our name! However, we soon diversified into the manufacture of metal components. At first, we focused on bicycle parts and later the motorcycle industry. Over the years we’ve come to be known as guarantors of press and machining quality in every sector.




Icknield Street


B18 6QU

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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

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering 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

Please click on the link below to apply

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

Apply now

Closing date: 04 Jun 2024