Multi Skilled Engineering Apprentice UNIFRAX LIMITED

Waterside Training in partnership with Alkegen has exciting opportunities for individuals who wish to begin a successful career as an Apprentice Multi Skilled Engineering Technician in a Global Leading, Specialty Material Manufacturing organisation. You will be qualified to Level 3 in Electrical Engineering with further progression possible

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

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Closing date: 14 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pay will be reviewed on an annual basis

  • Working week

    Year 1 based at Waterside Training Monday - Friday 8.45am - 4.30pm Years 2 onwards based at Alkegen Rainford Mon-Thurs 07.30 – 16.00 & Friday 07.30 – 13.00. A 24/7 shift rota will be possibly expected around year 3 onwards in the program

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    03 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Waterside Training in partnership with Alkegen, Rainford has a fantastic opportunity for two apprentices to join their maintenance department to support the manufacturing operations as Multi-Skilled (Electrical/Mechanical) Engineering Maintenance Apprentices.

The four-year engineering apprenticeship will initially cover broad based training in Electrical and Mechanical skills at Waterside Training in St Helens with years 2,3 and 4 working on plant at Alkegen alongside professional engineers tackling “real life” activities whilst continuing to attend college day release up to HNC in Electrical Engineering.

The apprenticeship will provide academic and on the job training in electrical and mechanical engineering skills. This will support maintenance and fault diagnosis of manufacturing equipment and machinery.

You will work alongside our team of skilled engineers who will provide technical direction, knowledge and mentorship as well as providing a wealth of expertise and experience.

As a multi skilled apprentice you will gain experience and a suitable level of skills in the following areas:-

* Machine and equipment maintenance, including maintenance tasks on electrical & mechanical equipment such as motors, switchgear, electrical drive systems, industrial control systems, gearboxes, pumps, chain drive systems, conveyors, pneumatics etc

* Working within a planned maintenance program of equipment checks, inspection and testing

* Working in a reactive role to equipment faults and production failures where you will gain experience in fault diagnosis and application of solutions.

* Working on new equipment projects and site modifications


The training you will be getting

Apprentices will complete a programme of both theoretical and practical learning over a four-year period. Initially, based at Waterside Training, St Helens, undertaking broad based training during year 1 in Electrical and Mechanical techniques before moving to a programme of working on site for a global organisation with experienced engineering technician's tackling “real life” activities.  You will receive both vocational and academic training on and off site.

During the first year from September 24 to July 25 you will develop your skills and knowledge by attending Waterside Training Limited St Helens on a block release basis to carry out foundation training in Electrical and Mechanical techniques working from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Your academic training will run over the first two years from September 24 to July 26 on City & Guilds Diploma in Engineering giving both academic and workshop skills. 

Additional training will also be completed during your apprenticeship to cover the requirements of the programme such as Health & Safety Training, Lean Manufacturing and or specific training as advised by the company.

From July 25 you will commence your full site based training at Alkegen, rainford 4 days per week with day release to continue your academic training. Your site based work will follow the Level 3 Science Industries Manufacturing Technician standard (dependent on your company environment) and you will continue to attend your company site for the remainder of your apprenticeship programme.

Whilst on site: Initial site working hours will be approx Mon-Thurs 07.30 – 16.00 & Friday 07.30 – 13.00.
A 24/7 shift rota will be possibly expected around year 3 onwards in the program

Waterside will assign you a mentor/assessor to guide you through the apprenticeship and carry out six weekly reviews along with guiding you through your standards through portfolio building, behavioural logs, technical discussions, observations to check competency levels prior to embarking on the End Point Assessment.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Become a qualified Multi Skilled Engineer with a HNC Qualification and Full Time Position possible as well as Higher Education such as Foundation Degree for the right candidates.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Engineering (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

You will need to be able to travel to both Waterside Training St Helens and Alkegen Rainford, to carry out your on and off site training. Waterside Hours; 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday Year 1 will be based at Waterside, St Helens, Years 2, 3 and 4 will be site based. You will need to be able to travel to both Waterside and your site base to carry out specific off the job and on the job training. Will be taught in safe use of various machinery and equipment. A notable amount of physical activities and outdoor working. A level of PPE will also be worn at all times. Work includes accessing equipment in confined spaces and also working at a height

About the employer

We are primarily an industrial grade ceramic fibre producer. The site has been present at Rainford since 1960s. It now forms part of the Alkegen brand of speciality materials feeding into widely diverse markets and applications. Alkegen as an entity has around 60 global sites and concentrates in a small number of key business units. Unifrax Rainford is a long-established local employer and operates under their Thermal Management business unit




Mill Lane


St. Helens

WA11 8LP

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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


Michelle Lewis


Apprenticeship standard

Science industry maintenance 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

Apply through the Waterside Training Ltd Website and the team will then be in touch to discuss the next stage of recruitment if your application is successful

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

Apply now

Closing date: 14 Jun 2024