Level 3 Die Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship UNIPRES (UK) LIMITED

We are offering a 4 year Level 3 Engineering Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship specifically tailored to our Die Maintenance Department (toolmaking and die maintenance). Working for a world class steel pressing company Unipres UK Limited - this apprenticeship is specifically aimed at developing the next generation of Maintenance Technicians.

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

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Yearly pay increase

  • Working week

    Year 1: College - 8:30am - 15:30pm (Transport provided from Unipres Sunderland throughout year 1 to Training Provider) Years 2 - 4: Onsite - 6:45am - 15:03pm (permanent day shift) College Day Release - 9:00am - 16:00pm

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

What you will do in your working day

Year 1 of the apprenticeship:

5 days off the job training at a specialist Training Provider - learning both practical and theoretical skills in engineering.

Year 2 until the completion of the apprenticeship:

4 days on the job training based at the plant with continued studies - 1 day a week with a specialist Training Provider. 

  • Die Maintenance (fixing and maintaining the tools that go into the presses -  mechanically biased).
  • Repairing and maintaining press tools using the stamping of steel components
  • You will learn how to use milling machines, lathes, surface grinders and specialist welding techniques.
  • Hand tools such as hacksaws, files and pneumatic grinders. 

This apprenticeship is specifically tailored to the Tool & Die pathway.

The training you will be getting

The successful candidates will gain a full Level 3 Engineering Maintenance Technician Standard - pathway Tool & Die Maintenance. You will work alongside other talented technicians within our Die Maintenance Department gaining the relevant skills.

The qualifications the apprentice will receive are as follows:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Award Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) - Tool & Die Maintenance
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology (QCF)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Apprentices can progress into full-time work with opportunities to progress through the ranks. Option to progress education further by completing a HNC Level of study. (Higher Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Level 4).

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Time Management, Attendance, Self-motivated, Prioritise workload, Work under own initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or C and above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or C and above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Combined/Separate) (Grade 4 or C and above) Essential

Things to consider

In the first year of your apprenticeship, Unipres will supply a mode of transport from main site to the Training Provider. After the first year, for the College release day, it will be up to the apprentice to arrange their own transport.

About the employer

Unipres UK Ltd is a first tier supplier and makes steel car components for Nissan, Renault and Honda. Our plant is based in Sunderland and has been established for over 30 years. We are a global company powered by local people – focused on achieving product excellence, committed to developing our skilled workforce and dedicated to driving forward innovation across our industry. We currently have around 1000 people employed at Unipres (UK).




Unipres (UK) Ltd

Cherry Blossom Way




Georgia Hales



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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 use this link and select the Level 3 Die Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship vacancy to find further information on how to apply!

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

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Apr 2024