The Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA) is supporting BAT to recruit a Level 3 Mechatronics Engineering Technician Apprentice to join their Manufacturing/Engineering team and develop within the organisation.

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Closing date: 19 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    As well as a very competitive salary, BAT offers an attractive total rewards package that includes an annual bonus, private health care, share schemes, contributary pension scheme plus other benefits.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, between 08:00 to 16:00.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    14 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Main tasks/focus will be trained in many aspects of prototype production, mechanical and control engineering, within the team, in order to achieve the Standard.

The successful apprentice will work at BAT's research and development prototyping hub in Southampton.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an experienced team of technicians/engineers, supporting the business to develop the next range of reduced risk products and innovations.

Work scope (allocated from managerial levels) would include: (but not exclusively):

  • Comply with all BAT EHS Policies & Practices.
  • Operate machinery to manufacture samples/prototypes to support the R&D Centre Product Development Teams.
  • Work under the direction of assigned Lead Technician(s).
  • Ensure machine ‘set up’ is complete to meet sample specification requirements.
  • “In-process” QA test activities.
  • Clean down all machinery & equipment after use.
  • Closely follow defined work practices and/or procedures, as set out in relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or at the discretion/direction of a Lead Technician e.g., machine operation, tobacco control (denaturing) & maintenance activities.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of all Technology in-use across the Pilot Plant.
  • Report on machine performance, bring to the attention of the Lead Technician any areas of concern.
  • Provide the necessary support to the Lead Technician(s) in undertaking Root Cause Analysis exercises and the implementation of agreed corrective measures, following our ethos of continuous improvement.
  • Support to Lead Technicians for changeovers and other varying production requirements.
  • General administrative support of individual projects, the wider Team & the Team Manager.
  • Documentation control.
  • Data processing & analysis.
  • Turning & milling.
  • Fabrications.
  • Bench fitting skills.
  • Electrical fault finding and diagnostics.

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 (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 working on developing your skills; ultimately leading to your End Point Assessment. You will also begin a Level 3 NVQ in Mechatronics, which will be assessed in your workplace.

After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

To achieve full certification SETA will make regular visits during your time in the workplace to ensure you are developing all the required skills within the Standard, including the specified behaviours and checking your theory knowledge via professional discussions.

All training culminates in your EPA, these final tests are administered by an independent assessment organisation and take place in the last three months of the apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

After successfully completing the apprenticeship, you will join the Innovation Development Centre (IDC) full time as either a G33 Manufacturing Technician, Mechanical Technician or Electrical Technician. There will be further opportunities in the future for promotion through the grade structure, targeting G34 Lead Technician and beyond. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science based subject (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

As well as a very competitive salary, BAT offers an attractive total rewards package that includes an annual bonus, private health care, share schemes, contributary pension scheme plus other benefits. Due to the nature of the work at BAT, candidates must be age 18 upon the start of the apprenticeship training (9 September 2024)

About the employer

BAT was founded in 1902 and was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1912. A constituent of the FTSE 100 since its creation in 1984, we have evolved, becoming the only truly global company in our sector. We are a leading, multi-category consumer goods business. Our purpose is to build ‘A Better Tomorrow’ by reducing the health impact of our business through offering a greater choice of enjoyable and less risky products for our consumers. The BAT of tomorrow will be a high-growth, consumer goods company: global, consumer-centric, multi-category, with sustainability at our core. We are no longer just a tobacco company. By combining existing and new capabilities, we are radically redefining our organisation. Digital transformation, technology, and innovation will drive that transition. Company Purpose- A Better Tomorrow Company Vision- Building a smokeless World




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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 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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