Electrical Engineering / Automation Apprentice FAIRFIELD CONTROL SYSTEMS LIMITED

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to join our Engineering Team. The successful candidate will be designing, commissioning, installing and maintaining Industrial Automation and Control solutions and working on some of the most iconic and challenging engineering projects in the UK and worldwide.

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Closing date: 21 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    As you progress, gain practical experience and increase your academic knowledge, your salary will be reviewed annually and adjusted to the appropriate level. We have an annual company bonus scheme (subject to targets being met).

  • Working week

    Our core working hours are: Monday - Friday, 8.30 - 4.30 or 9.00 to 5.00. 20% of your week will be dedicated to off the job learning/training.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Fairfields provide industrial automation and control solutions across various sectors using electrical, electronic and programmable systems. We’re continuously looking into new technologies and trends. We are already working with IoT devices, cyber-security solutions, augmented reality and advanced software design.

As an Electrical Engineering Apprentice, you will be desigining, commissioning and maintaining systems and solutions across a wide range of sectors. You will be involved in desiging and implementing hardware and software, project planning, producing complex CAD drawings, operating and maintenance manuals. You will assist with control panel testing and commissioning and will provide service and call out support to our customers. 

You will be part of a team installing and maintaining critical infrastructure where you could be involved in:

  • Flood defence schemes
  • Aerospace facilities
  • Moving bridges and structures
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Roller coasters and leisure rides
  • Pharmaceutical facilities

The training you will be getting

The Level 6 Apprenticeship degree programme is provided by the University of Warwick. The BEng Electromechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship is a full Warwick degree, studied over five years through on-campus face-to-face teaching and virtual learning experiences. On campus teaching takes place during six, one-week blocks, delivered by Warwick academic staff with collaborative teaching support from employers. They offer a unique programme, demonstrating a mix of electrical, mechanical and general engineering input, designed to meet the evolving skills needs in this sector. You’ll cover the foundations of engineering and electromechanical engineering in the first two years of the course. In the third and fourth years, you'll focus on systems design, including a group project design module, and in the final year you will be required to carry out an individual electromechanical engineering project within the organisation, to apply the knowledge and skills gained over the duration of the programme and create a real-life engineering solution.

This programme enables you to access education up to degree level without the need for a student loan, so you can earn while you learn. Fairfields will sponsor you throughout your apprenticeship and in return, you receive a competitive salary. We provide ongoing support and mentoring throughout the programme to ensure you are on track to becoming a qualified Electrical Engineering Apprentice. 

Upon completion of your Apprenticeship, you will attain a BEng Electromechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship (EMDA). 



A Level:

  • AAA grades at A level, to include Mathematics and a Physical Science. Applicants with strong profile, but without A level Mathematics will be subject to passing a Maths assessment



  • BTEC Diploma grade D*D*, with an A grade A level Mathematics, or subject to passing a Maths assessment, or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma grade DDD, including two Mathematics units or subject to passing a Maths assessment

Candidates with non-traditional qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be dependent on the employer’s recruitment process, and subject to passing appropriate assessment on Mathematics set by The University of Warwick. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Once qualified, you will have the opportunity to progress into a full-time and permanent position as either:

  • Design Engineer
  • Service Engineer
  • Applications Engineer

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working


A Level or equivalent Maths, Science (Grade AAA) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Diploma (Grade D*D*) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Extended diploma (Grade DDD) Essential
Other Non-traditional qualifications (Grade Considered case-by-case) Desired

Things to consider

Full driving licence (or be learning to drive). Willing and able to travel/work away from home (UK & abroad). Security clearance/DBS check. Fluent in English (written/spoken). Eligible and authorised to work in the UK. To meet clearance requirements, you need to: - Have the right to live & work in UK - Resident in the UK for the last 3 years

About the employer

Fairfields provide industrial automation and control solutions across various sectors using electrical, electronic and programmable systems. We’re continuously looking into new technologies and trends. We are already working with IoT devices, cyber-security solutions, augmented reality and advanced software design. We are located in Retford (North Nottinghamshire) - please consider our location and how you will get to the offices before applying.




Kestrel Court

Waterwells Drive, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley




Katherine Finn



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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

Electro-mechanical engineer

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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