Apprentice Workshop Engineer - Smyths Toys Corby CROWN LIFT TRUCKS LIMITED

As a workshop engineer you will service and repair forklifts. You will be trained in all aspects of service engineering within the industry including getting hands-on with hydraulics, LPG and electric systems – putting your skills to the test daily to find the problem and fix it. Learn how to install, repair and carry out planned maintenance.

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Closing date: 27 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday - 8 hours per day, shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Learn how to install, repair and carry out planned maintenance of customer forklift trucks to Crown specifications. Undertake an appropriate engineering apprenticeship, completing set modules on time and attending college as necessary.
  • Work shadow a colleague, and develop an understanding of workshop procedures through on job training.
  • Attend manufacturers training and other training courses as appropriate.
  • Learn Crown administrative procedures, and how to complete worksheets, timesheets etc. 
  • Assist in keeping customer trucks secure and clean whilst in the workshop.
  • Ensure security and correct use and issue of all tools and spares issued.
  • Understand and adhere to all Crown Company, legislative and Health and Safety procedures.
  • Under close supervision, ensures all work undertaken meets industry and Crown work standards. 
  • To build and maintain good relationships with customers, colleagues and managers.
  • Undertakes other duties which Crown may from time to time reasonably request.

The training you will be getting

You will complete a 2 week block once every 6-8 weeks at SMB College in Leicester.

Lift truck and Powered Access Engineering Technician Level 3 Standard.

You will also complete training throughout your apprenticeship at our award-winning Demonstrated by Performance training centre in Birmingham.

By the end you will achieve a qualification which aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for Engineering Technician
  • Institute of the Motor Industry for Associate Member

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

We care about your personal growth within Crown, and we strive to provide avenues to reach your career goals. Your career development path provides ongoing mentoring and mechanisms to enhance your skills and knowledge.

Upon sucessful completion of your apprenticeship you will be become a new engineer with the opportunity to become a fully fledged Crown engineer. There are future opportunities to become a technical engineer, service team leader and field service manager.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Aptitude for practical science


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

About the employer

Since its entry into the material handling industry in the 1960s, Crown Equipment Corporation has earned a reputation for exceptional product design, engineering and manufacturing of its award-winning line of electric lift trucks. From our smallest pallet truck to our highest lifting VNA truck, our goal is to always provide the user with the safest, most efficient and ergonomic forklift truck possible. Crown supports customers with a wide selection of electric forklift trucks ranging from pallet trucks to very narrow-aisle VNA trucks. Our brand promise is: “Crown designs, manufactures, distributes, services and supports material handling products that provide customers with superior value.” Quality and performance are the foundation of Crown’s success. Since our inception, our company culture has always been about people performing and working as a team to ensure that quality is built into every forklift truck we make. Crown’s headquarters, manufacturing facilities and network of branches offer diverse and challenging careers in a broad range of professional and vocational roles.




Bangrave Road South


NN17 1NN


Sam Ivey

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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

Apprenticeship standard

Lift truck and powered access 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

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