Our Apprenticeships are aimed at those who are looking for a career in engineering but do not have any experience. You will wish to gain meaningful qualifications and want long term employment prospects. All apprentices will be provided with a comprehensive learning package, which includes practical skills and technical knowledge.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,312.00 to £23,795.20

    Apprentices will also have 33 days holiday per year (including public holidays)

    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 - Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    12 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Work in a supported learning environment, to develop the skills and knowledge
  • Provide manufacturing technical support to the manufacturing sections of the business
  • Uundertake a work programme in the Manufacturing sections to develop practical and technical skills and knowledge of the manufacture of Spring products and their associated Tooling

The training you will be getting

  • Training will be on a day release to college, one day per week
  • Training will be provided by North Kent College at the Gravesend campus and apprentices will be expected to be able to travel to the college
  • On successful completion of training, the apprentices are awarded a Level 2 in Mechanical Engineering Operations and and NVQ level 2

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • At the end of the first year, apprentices will be 'streamed' into specific roles, which could include: small orders, wire forming, press setting, or toolmaking
  • On completion of the apprenticeship, 'in house' training and development
  • Possible progression to more skilled roles

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Design and Technology (Grade C/4) Desired

Things to consider

This is mechanical engineering and requires a 'hands on' approach. Apprentices must be willing to 'get their hands dirty' as the role involves working with complex machinery, oil and grease, and heavy lifting.

About the employer

European Springs and Pressings Ltd, established in 1948, are leading experts in the field of spring manufacturing and high speed press technology.




Chaffinch Business Park

Croydon Road



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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

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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