Apprentice Production Technician VPI Power Ltd

VPI Rye House are looking for an apprentice to join their team. Candidates should be confident, keen, enthusiastic, and committed, with a positive attitude to work. This is an ideal opportunity to learn all aspects of production maintenance within the thermal power generation industry and achieve an Advanced Apprenticeship qualification.

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Closing date: 19 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Yearly pay increases, currently these are; Year 1 - £13,212 Year 2 - £17,616 Year 3 - £22,020

  • Working week

    08:00 – 16:00 Monday to Friday.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    13 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

VPI Rye House are looking for an apprentice to train alongside our existing, experienced team. As an Apprentice Production Technician you will study a range of programmes, working towards a Level 3 Engineering Technician (pathway 13) Apprenticeship standard, covering a variety of skills and qualifications, while earning a wage and completing invaluable practical skills in industry. At the end of the apprenticeship, you will be able to perform preventative maintenance and inspection work, identify and rectify faults in complex systems to ensure manufacturing continuity. You will be working alongside a mentor and assisting the experienced production maintenance team with the following duties:

Main Duties and Responsibilities

You will be working towards achieving the level of competence undertaking a range of duties which will include:

  • Deliver “hands-on” maintenance activities which could include:-
  • Start-up & shut down the plant process as per operating procedures
  • Operating the plant and process within the set production and safety parameters
  • Take samples as per the sampling schedule and procedure.
  • Complete daily logs and make notes of operational events and communicate to the Shift Team Leader and oncoming shift team
  • Assist in the return to service of new plant and equipment
  • Assisting in carrying out permit to work isolations, de-isolations
  • Report any health & safety issues / incidents
  • Report any production issues
  • Ensure good housekeeping standards are maintained on plant
  • Ensure compliance with relevant statutory requirements particularly, but not limited to, the Health & Safety at Work Act and the Environmental Protection Act
  • Participate in the implementation of the Company Safety Rules as either Competent Person or Authorised Person (in accordance with development matrix), in order to ensure that Safety from the System is achieved
  • Proactive and creative approach to fault diagnosis and problem solving
  • Undertake procurement activities within the Company policies and process, including developing technical specifications for work to be carried out
  • Ability to handle multiple work projects running together as the business need arises
  • Ensure consistent high level of housekeeping and safety

Training Provision

Training for this apprenticeship will be delivered by Harlow College

The role will occasionally involve some working at height, work within in confined spaces, and possible working with chemicals ; Specific training will be provided for these aspects of the role.

What we can offer you

  • Competitive apprenticeship salary.
  • Exceptional training and development programme.
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays.
  • A Flexible programme that is employer led with bespoke training modules.
  • Exceptional reward and recognition events.
  • Additional Training and Development Plans.

The training you will be getting

You will undertake Level 3 Engineering Technician Standard Apprenticeship: - Pathway 13.

During this three-year programme, you will undertake 'off the job' training at Harlow College to develop sector-specific skills. The remaining duration will be spent on-site at Rye House Power Station where you will receive specific on-the-job training by an experienced mentor/supervisor/line manager.

You will also be supported by a dedicated assessor who will guide and mentor you throughout your apprenticeship

Engineering Technicians are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex work and must, as a minimum be able to:

  • Apply safe systems of working.
  • Make a technical contribution to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, systems, processes or services.
  • Apply proven techniques and procedures to solve engineering/manufacturing problems.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information.
  • Have a commitment to continued professional development.

Engineering Technicians take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake within the limits of their personal authority. They also need to be able to demonstrate a core set of behaviours in order to be competent in their job role, complement wider business strategy and development. This will enable them to support their long-term career development.

Successful achievement of the end-point assessment will lead to final certification of the apprenticeship.

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence).
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Technical Support.
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Long-term career progression will be subject to performance. The position comes with personal development throughout your career with VPI and support to deliver the businesses objectives.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Enthusiastic, Punctual


GCSE or equivalent Maths, English, Science and 2 others (Grade 4 -9 or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

Apprentice Employment Agency is acting as an Flexi-Job Apprentice Agency & will engage you for the duration of the apprenticeship & pay your salary. You should be aware that the company/business named in this vacancy is a host employer & you will not be employed by them. Your application may be shared with training providers & employers.

About the employer

An apprenticeship with VPI is a great opportunity to put both theoretical and practical learning into practise. We are one of the largest energy producers in the UK with five operational Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) sites totaling a fleet capacity of 3,119 Megawatts. This is an apprenticeship where you will have the opportunity to make a tangible difference. Not only will you learn valuable skills as you start out on your career, but you will also be doing so in one of our CCGT sites that provides required power and stability to the national grid.


VPI Power Ltd


1 Ratty's Lane


EN11 0RF


Georgia Marlow

07540 716312

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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

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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