Apprentice Ceramic Development Technologist INTERNATIONAL SYALONS NEWCASTLE LTD

We are now looking to expand our development efforts and are seeking to recruit a highly motivated Apprentice. Reporting to the Technical Director, the apprentice will be expected to work carefully and precisely across multiple internally and externally driven advanced ceramic projects to produce accurate, reliable and well documented results.

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Closing date: 10 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 08:00 - 16:00 and Friday, 06:00 - 12:00

    Total hours per week: 36

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To study diligently the field of materials technology, particularly advanced ceramic engineering
  • To keep detailed project notes and records up to date
  • To work practically in the preparation of ceramic materials, and perform testing of material samples
  • To operate equipment, be flexible in performing tasks, and assist production departments where necessary
  • To assist in the scheduled maintenance and calibration of equipment
  • To ensure work areas and equipment are kept clean and in good working order
  • To adhere closely to health and safety policy and use appropriate PPE
  • To work at all times in accordance with the company’s quality control systems and follow company procedures

The training you will be getting

  • Materials Science Technologist (degree) Level 6 Apprenticeship Standard
  • The degree award is BEng (Hons) Materials Technology
  • You will attend Sheffield Hallam University on a series of short study blocks

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing firm
  • The right candidate will be well-placed for a future full-time role within the business

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Team working


A Level or equivalent Maths - Science or Engineering subject (Grade BBC or DMM) Essential

Things to consider

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About the employer

International Syalons (Newcastle) Limited is a leading manufacturer of advanced technical ceramics, primarily silicon nitride and sialon. These engineering ceramics enable us to solve wear, corrosion and thermal resistance problems in a wide range of industrial applications and markets, such as molten metal handling, oil and gas, chemical and process, automotive and aerospace.







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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


Apprenticeship standard

Materials science technologist (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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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