Process Control Apprentice (Electrical Engineering) Liberty Steels UK

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to study electrical and instrumentation engineering in a practical and hands on environment at a National award winning apprenticeship employer in the Sheffield and Rotherham area.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The current rates for our engineering apprenticeships are: Year 1 - £12,148 - Year 2 - £16,323 (aged 21 + will receive 3rd year rate) - Year 3 - £TBC. If required a shift premium will be paid on top of these rates

  • Working week

    Initially Monday to Friday at the training centre and then moving to shift work with days and times to be agreed over a 7 day period.

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As a Process Control Engineer, you will be trained to maintain process control equipment and plant across the Speciality business sites. As a Speciality Steels apprentice, you will learn how to:

  • Work safely with Process control and electrical equipment
  • Understand electrical drawings
  • Maintain process control equipment to a professional standard
  • Carry out fault finding and repairs

You will work within the Speciality Steels business, which produces high performance alloy and stainless steels designed to meet the detailed and demanding requirements of some of the world’s most challenging markets and industries.

Process control at Speciality Steels involves a wide range of services including aerospace specification compliance, maintenance of bespoke complex machinery, from electric arc furnaces to non-destructive testing facilities while working as part of a specialised department engineering team.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to study electrical and instrumentation engineering in a practical and hands on environment at a National award winning apprenticeship employer in the Sheffield and Rotherham area.

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician Delivered at the Stocksbridge Training Centre. 

Year 1:

In your first year you will:

  • Start modules towards Electrical maintenance and the first year of your BTEC Level 3 in Electrical Engineering
  • Undertake specialist engineering training programme at our on-site training centre at Stocksbridge.

Year 2:

During your second year you will:

  • Undertake on-site working alongside qualified Technicians;
  • Complete a BTEC Level 3 in Engineering
  • Continue to complete your competence portfolio through experience within the work place

Year 3:

Your third year will see you:

  • Working on‐site with qualified Technicians
  • Complete an end point assessment

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • You can expect to start your career as a craft team member in a Process control department. After that the next step would be to become a Technician
  • After that, there are career development opportunities within the Process Control department that you could follow to enhance your development

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSE including English, Maths and Science (Grade 4/C and above) Essential

Things to consider

In addition to your training you will complete some placements in different departments where you will learn more about Process control and electrical engineering. As you move around, you'll gain lots of hands on, practical experience, get the chance to work with different people and discover how the company works. Your apprenticeship at Stocksbridge, Rotherham or Brinsworth, will include time at college and a training programme that guarantees variety and hands on work. It’s an ideal blend of classroom and ‘on-the-job’ training. The Apprenticeship Programme lasts three years, however this is reviewed every 12 months. Although initially based at our Stocksbridge site there is potential that you will rotate throughout all three South Yorkshire sites at some point within year 2 and 3. Please be aware no positions are specific to just one location until substantive positions are offered and may include shifts/weekend working. Once you have completed the 3 years you will gain an Apprenticeship Standard Certificate. Following this you will look to move to a permanent position within Speciality Steels and your 4th year will see you transition into this role. The apprenticeship programme offers a range of benefits to help you make the right start in your working life. It’s a competitive package that recognises your contribution to our business and supports your professional development. As a Speciality Steels Apprentice, you’ll enjoy the same range of benefits as other employees from day one. These include: • 35 days holiday per year running April to March (pro rata for those starting in September) • Up to a combined 16% pension contribution • Access to Free Parking • Retail Discount Scheme • Career Development and Training • Employee Assistance Programme • Excellent opportunity to join a friendly and supportive team in a rapidly expanding company with exciting development opportunities

About the employer

LIBERTY Steel UK is the third largest steel manufacturer in the country, with a footprint that covers nine sites across England, Scotland and Wales. It employs over 2,000 people and has an annual steel rolling capacity approaching three million tonnes. With steelmaking heritage dating back to 1842, LIBERTY Steel’s sites in the UK have a wealth of expertise thanks to our team of metallurgists, steelmakers, engineers and technicians. Our capabilities range from electric arc, vacuum induction melting, mill processing and value added services. The business manufactures and distributes products supplied mainly into the aerospace, construction, automotive, oil and gas and energy industries domestically and overseas to over 60 countries. The UK business sits within LIBERTY Steel Group, which is the GFG Alliance’s global steel manufacturing arm. With a total rolling capacity exceeding 18 million tonnes it is one of the top 10 producers globally, excluding China. Liberty Steel UK is playing an active role in meeting the group’s global ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030. Its Speciality Steels business in Rotherham uses an electric arc furnace – a less carbon-intensive form of producing steel than blast furnace production – to melt scrap steel for rolling into downstream products for a range of high-specification industries including oil & gas and aerospace. The UK business also has plans to create a GREENSTEEL hub at its Newport site using renewable energy from sister company SIMEC Atlantis’ Uskmouth biomass plant to power a new electric arc furnace.


Liberty Steels UK


7 Fox Valley Way



S36 2JA

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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


Stewart Parsisson

Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations 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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