Assembly Apprentice


Warrington, WA5 7UN

Closes in 12 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

Posted on 12 June 2024


This is an excellent opportunity for an Apprentice to join a growing company and learn from highly valued and experienced team members. Duties include interpreting and following drawings/diagrams and/or specifications, including using our UNIX system to find drawings.

Annual wage
£12,250 a year

Minimum wage rates (opens in new tab)

The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Engineering fitter (level 3)
Monday to Thursday: 08.45 – 17.00 Friday: 08.45 – 16.25 Lunch break: 12.10 – 13.00 each day

36 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 2 September


3 Years 6 Months

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • The overall qualification is a NVQ Level 3 Engineering Fitter
  • As part of that qualification the successful candidate will also receive EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced
    Manufacturing Engineering and a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in
    Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.
  • It takes approximately 3.5 years to complete the apprenticeship.
  • There will be some off the job training at Hiden Analytical.
  • The successful candidate will also need to attend Wigan and
    Leigh College, Pagefield Campus one day a week, the exact day will be determined by the College.

Where you’ll work

420 Europa Boulevard

Gemini Business Park




An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Engineering fitter (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • Reading, interpreting and understanding the component or assembly specification, diagrams, drawings and work instructions.
  • Planning component or assembly task – materials, tools and equipment.
  • Preparing work area for component or assembly task; sourcing required resources, tools and equipment.
  • Carry out relevant planning and preparation activities before commencing work activity and know how to source required resources and interpret detailed drawings, specifications and job instructions.
  • Checking tools during and after task completion; identifying and reporting defects.
  • Measuring and testing, checking or inspecting component or assembly for example; use of micrometers, verniers, multimeters, voltmeter.
  • Problem solving; analysing the issue and fixing the issue where appropriate.
  • Applying improvement techniques; recommending or implementing solutions where appropriate.
  • Communicating with colleagues or customers (internal or external).
  • Completing component or assembly documentation for example job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation.
  • Reporting work outcomes or issues.
  • Restoring the work area on completion of the activity; returning any resources and consumables to the appropriate location and house-keeping.
  • Disposing of waste in accordance with waste streams; re-cycling, re-using where appropriate.
  • Operating within limits of responsibility.
  • Operating in line with quality, health and safety and environmental policy and procedures; identifying risks and hazards and identifying control measures where applicable.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade 4)
    • Maths (grade 4)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • IT skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Administrative skills
    • Number skills
    • Team working
    • Initiative
    • Non judgemental

    Other requirements

    An interest in science and in particular physics/chemistry would be useful but not essential

    About this company

    Trading for over 40 years, Hiden Analytical Limited is a manufacturer of mass spectrometers for vacuum, gas, plasma and surface science. Our mass spectrometers can be used for a wide range of applications. Some examples include lithium-ion battery development, fusion research and plasma treatment of polymers for medical applications. We also offer bespoke design services for client interactive development of solutions to meet specific requirements. We are based on Gemini Business Park in Warrington and employ over 100 people from all different types of background. The successful candidate will be based in the assembly area of our factory. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    In the assembly area the pathway for advancement would be to firstly complete the apprenticeship and become a fully qualified fitter. Once
    the apprenticeship is complete there will be at least an annual review.
    This will give the successful candidate the opportunity to express any
    desire for progression and for Hiden to explain what they may need to
    do to progress. Hiden is not rigid when it comes to career progression
    and will openly have a conversation with an employee who might want
    to move into a different area of the business.

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    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000257185.

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    Closes in 12 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

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