Apprentice M&E Technician CANAL & RIVER TRUST

As one of our mechanical and electrical technician apprentices, you will be involved in a wide range of maintenance and repair works across our structures, plant and equipment. You will be an ambassador of the Canal & River Trust, who is keen to learn new skills.

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

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Closing date: 02 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Your working week will be Monday - Friday between the hours of 7.00am - 5.00pm depending on the shift patterns of colleagues.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    07 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • You will be assisting the local Workboat and Plant team with the delivery of maintenance and repair works to the Trust’s wide array of plant and equipment, including but not limited to workboats, cranes and excavators
  • You will be carrying out varied tasks such as mechanical and electrical works, hydraulics, fabrication and welding, to protect and enhance the reputation of the network as a valued national asset
  • This will include carrying out reactive repairs, planned preventative maintenance, general works programme, and projects
  • Comply with Canal & River Trust’s Health & Safety policy and defined standards, report incidents, accidents and near misses. Assist with point of work risk assessments and make adjustments to work methods where appropriate
  • Working outside, ensure that the customer experience is maximised by providing outstanding levels of customer service in accordance with defined standards. Promote Canal & River Trust by maintaining a professional approach at all times
  • Assist in the planning and preparation of all specific related tasks in terms of mechanical and electrical equipment, materials and plant resources
  • Assist the Workboat and Plant team to ensure all mechanical and electrical equipment (PPE, plant, materials etc) are appropriate for the task
  • Support mechanical and electrical asset inspections. Identify and report any damage or incidents to Workboat and Plant Supervisor or Technicians for inputting into SAP
  • Assist Workboat and Plant Team to undertake key duties associated with the mechanical and electrical maintenance of the Trusts Plant and Craft
  • Ensuring that inclusion and diversity are integrated into all aspects of Trust life and promoting inclusion by challenging behaviour, practices, actions, or decisions that are counter to the objectives of the Trust

The training you will be getting

  • Our apprentices complete a Level 3 Land-based Service Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
  • As a Trust apprentice, you will complete your apprenticeship training both on and off-the-job, through virtual webinars and block weeks attendance at our chosen training provider based in Cheshire
  • All college related travel costs are paid for by the Trust

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • We are fully committed to support all of our apprentices during their training
  • We truly value their contribution to the Trust and plan our recruitment to match progression opportunities
  • Once the apprenticeship is completed and your work on site is to a satisfactory level, we aim to offer ongoing employment opportunities with us

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Non judgemental, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade A-C or 9-4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A-C or 9-4) Desired

Things to consider

You should have an interest in fixing rather than throwing away and be someone who is not scared to take things apart and figure out how it works. You will need a full UK driving licence or be willing to attain one within 12 months of beginning your apprenticeship, as the ability to drive is mandatory for this role.

About the employer

We’re the charity helping millions of people feel happier and healthier by spending more time on and along our canals and rivers. Our rich and tranquil spaces provide places to walk, run, bike, boat and rest. It takes an extraordinary team to bring our waterways to life and that’s where you come in.






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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

Land-based service 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

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 02 Jun 2024