Mechanical Fitter Apprenticeship GEA Pharma Systems

The Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA) is supporting GEA Process Engineering to recruit a L3 Mechanical Fitter Apprentice to join their team and develop within the organisation. You will be trained in all aspects of mechanical fitting, as well as gaining extensive knowledge of engineering materials used in the pharmaceutical sector.

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Closing date: 14 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    NB: Wage will reflect the National Minimum dependant on age. Annual salary will range from £12,979 to £23,200 pa

  • Working week

    At Employer: Mon to Thurs - 07.30 to 16.00 / Fri – 07.30 – 14.30 At SETA: Mon to Thurs - 08.00 - 16.00 / Fri 8.00 - 15.00

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Apprentices working at GEA Process Engineering will be working as part of the team, working to complete the requirements of our customers. To ensure you gain the experience you will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to read and understand technical drawings in order to assemble build packs and machines to a specified requirement.
  • Assemble both large- and small-scale machines.
  • Use and demonstrate a variety of mechanical skills and knowledge to efficiently build complex assemblies.
  • Work as an individual or within a team,
  • Understanding of all health and safety policies and procedures, including the use of the appropriate protective clothing.
  • Partake in technical and safety training.
  • Use a variety of hand and power tools, including Lathes and Mills.
  • Be trained in using overhead cranes and other mobile lifting equipment.

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, a BTEC Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering, (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, 4 days a week, 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

After successful completion of the level 3 apprenticeship the candidate would be considered a qualified fitter and could join the team as a fully skilled member of staff. At GEA we have various different routes and opportunities for progression. This could include, but is not limited to –

  • Project Management
  • Operations Management
  • Design and Engineering
  • Automation
  • Procurement and Supply Chain

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


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

Things to consider

• Physical work required. • Attention to detail. • Able to work in a team. • Using a variety tooling and machinery. • Due to space constraints, parking at SETA is not guaranteed for apprentices who drive, instead you will be required to park on local streets

About the employer

GEA is one of the world’s largest systems suppliers for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors. Our portfolio includes machinery and plants as well as advanced process technology, components, and comprehensive services. Our products are used across diverse industries to enhance the sustainability and efficiency of production processes globally.


GEA Pharma Systems


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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


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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