Plastic Fabricator and Welder Apprentice BARKSTON PLASTICS ENGINEERING LIMITED

Are you hard working, keen to learn and able to use your own initiative? Do you want to work for a business that produces varied goods for clients across the world? If yes, we have the right opportunity for you. Becoming an Apprentice with Barkston Plastic will allow you to build a range of skills in a supportive and successful business.

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Closing date: 07 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This pay rate is above National Minimum Wage

    Pay is above Apprenticeship rate.

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 8am to 4:30pm Friday 8am to 2:30pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    12 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

  • How to identify and understand the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of materials.
  • Plastic welding, routers, manual miller, lathe, annealing ovens, pillar drills, flame polishers.
  • How to understand and follow engineering drawings and CAD models for projects from a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, emergency services and the car industry.
  • Fabrication - how to fabricate units following a job sheet.
  • Quality control and inspection procedures to BSI standards.
  • Use power tools such as angle grinders safely.
  • Recognised manufacturing standards for housekeeping, maintenance etc such as 5s.
  • How to identify and manage maintenance needs for a manufacturing unit.

The training you will be getting

  • Engineering Operative Level 2 (Fabrication and Welding)
  • Leeds City College (Printworks Campus)
  • One day a week delivery model

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • It is envisaged that there will be roles available for suitable candidates.
  • Progression onto Metal Fabricator Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative


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

About the employer

Barkston Plastics Engineering Limited has a long serving workforce and is looking for the next set of skilled staff to develop their careers. Becoming and Apprentice with Barkston Plastics Engineering Limited will allow you to build a wide range of manufacturing skills within a supportive and successful business. Our Apprentices follow a structure programme under which you will receive close monitoring from experience fabricators, alongside support from our Apprenticeship provider both at college and in the workplace.







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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


Katie Elsworth

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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