Engineering Apprentice NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED

As an apprentice, you’ll get involved in delivering ground-breaking and impactful engineering, science and measurement projects right from the very start of your career. You’ll be learning from industry experts who will blend practical experience with invaluable guidance and theory.

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

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Closing date: 26 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £17,800.00

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    12 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000237202

  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

You will engage in a range of engineering activities in the design and manufacture of bespoke high precision instruments, special purpose machines and scientific research equipment. You will have exposure to disciplines ranging from systems engineering to software engineering, mechanical to electrical & electronic design and manufacture, including all aspects of a product lifecycle. A wide range of engineering career pathways and opportunities will be open to you.

Your day to day tasks as an Apprentice Engineer will include:

  • Mechanical engineering, manufacturing parts including the use of hand tools, conventional and CNC machine tools, fitting, assembly and commissioning
  • Design and drawing components using Computer Aided Design for part modelling and producing engineering drawings
  • Assembling, testing and maintaining electrical equipment/circuits.
  • Wiring and testing programmable controller based systems
  • Design, construction and programming of automation systems
  • Electronic circuit design using circuit simulation and design tools
  • Electronic circuit manufacture, measurement, testing and diagnosis
  • Assisting in the development of prototypes and product improvements
  • Attending training sessions and workshops to expand your technical skillset
  • Contributing to team meetings, brainstorming sessions, and project discussions
  • Supporting in NPL Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Outreach

What we can offer you:

  • A comprehensive programme designed to provide a solid foundation in engineering
  • Exposure to cutting-edge technologies and industry-leading practices
  • Mentoring from seasoned professionals who are passionate about sharing their expertise
  • Personal and professional growth opportunities, continuous learning and development
  • Soft skills development training – you will have an opportunity to improve your communication skills, time management, team working and presentation skills

The training you will be getting

The typical training programme over the four years will be as shown below:

  • Year 1 will include 40 weeks off-the-job training with a local training provider (Kingston College) to attain practical skills and knowledge across mechanical, electrical and electronic disciplines and you will start Level 3 BTEC
  • On successfully completing  the initial training period you will return to work at NPL
  • Year 2 you will spend time in different technical areas gaining further experience in the various disciplines. You will start a Level 3 NVQ, while studying to complete your Level 3 BTEC on day release
  • Year 3 you will be able to specialise in one of the disciplines, continue with your Level 3 NVQ   and you will be given an opportunity to start an HNC in your chosen area of specialism
  • Year 4 you will continue to gain practical experience through working in your areas of specialism, completing your Level 3 NVQ

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Completion of the Apprenticeship is designed to be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions at the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech). In the case of the Military specific pathway in the Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician Standard, professional competence will be recognised by the Military Independent Assessment Authority (MIAA)
  • A number of our Engineering Apprentices go on to complete the HNC and HND offered at Kingston College

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience

Qualifications

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

Things to consider

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a virtual interview including a presentation task, followed by an in-person assessment day, held at our Teddington site. Programme start date September 2024. We may at any time bring the closing date forward and encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.

About the employer

Put simply, the National Physical Laboratory helps set the standards by which everything is measured – combating global issues such as climate change, curing diseases and developing cutting-edge communications technology. At NPL, our apprentices are making their mark and getting involved in real projects, whilst developing invaluable skills and gaining qualifications. As an apprentice, you’ll get involved in delivering ground-breaking and impactful engineering, science and measurement projects right from the very start of your career. You’ll be learning from industry experts who will blend practical experience with invaluable guidance and theory.

Employer

NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED

Address

National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road

Teddington

TW11 0LW

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Training

Training provider

SOUTH THAMES COLLEGES GROUP

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

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

Apply now

Closing date: 26 Apr 2024