Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) Process Apprentice 57-1496


Doncaster, DN6 8DD

Closes in 12 days (Wednesday 31 July)

Posted on 25 June 2024


Bowson Industries Limited are looking for a Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) Process Apprentice to complete a level 3 Composite Technician apprenticeship to join their team.

Annual wage
£16,575 a year

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

Training course
Composites technician (level 3)
Monday - Friday. Your start and finish times, including your shift pattern will be determined by the employing company.

37 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 16 September


3 Years

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

You will study on a Level 3 Composite Technician standard. On completion of this, you will gain:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

During the first year of the apprenticeship, your learning will take place at the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre based at Catcliffe, Rotherham, for an initial block of study on a full-time basis. After this, you will attend the Training Centre for one day a week for knowledge study.

Where you’ll work

Unit 11g

Carcroft Enterprise 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

Composites technician (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • Review drawings, instructions, or information to understand task.
  • Plan work. Identify and organise resources.
  • Identify hazards and risks in the workplace.
  • Apply health and safety procedures in compliance with regulations and standards.
  • Apply environmental and sustainability procedures in compliance with regulations and standards.
  • Apply sustainability principles for example, in choice of materials, minimising waste.
  • Prepare and use mould tools.
  • Select and check hand tools, equipment and machinery including calibration record.
  • Use or operate hand tools, equipment, and machinery.
  • Store mould tools, hand tools, and equipment.
  • Select, check, and prepare materials for example, weigh resins, cut reinforcement.
  • Follow quality control processes during manufacture for example, check for contaminants, record batch numbers or expiry dates.
  • Apply laminate to mould for example, cut, add darts, corner definition, orientation, position, and order.
  • Complete preparation for and start curing process for example, select and apply consumables for example vacuum bag, infuse with resin, add heat or pressure.
  • Extract product from mould (break out).
  • Conduct final product quality assurance procedure. For example, conduct grading parameters checks (size, appearance, weight), and take samples for laboratory testing.
  • Identify issues for example, de-laminations, inclusions, surface defects, surface imperfections, and maintenance requirements.
  • Escalate issues outside limits of responsibility.
  • Segregate resources for reuse, recycling, and disposal.
  • Record or enter data - paper based or electronic. For example, process and production records, traceability records, and quality assurance records.
  • Interpret data for example, defect data and geometrical measurements. Use data to validate suggestions.
  • Investigate a problem to identify the underlying cause. Identify a solution to the problem.
  • Apply continuous improvement techniques. Devise suggestions for improvement. For example, improving the energy consumption or waste profile of processes and procedures to improve the sustainability or carbon footprint of a product, process, or task.
  • Apply team working principles.
  • Communicate with others verbally for example, colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Communicate in written form in the workplace for example, handover notes or emails, non-conformances, design change requests.
  • Use information technology for work tasks. Comply with GDPR and cyber security regulations and policies.
  • Plan how to meet personal development needs. Carry out and record planned and unplanned continued professional development (CPD) activities. Evaluate CPD against plans made.
  • 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 Language (grade Grade C or 4)
    • Mathematics (grade Grade C or 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
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Initiative

    About this company

    Bowson Industries a leading manufacturer of bespoke leisure products ranging from soft play equipment, sensory equipment and trampoline parks. We succeed because of the talents and commitment of our people. We can all contribute to making working for our company a great place to be, to have fun and succeed – for ourselves and the business. One of our company strategies is "Mobilising people". We have four values that sum up how we do our work and work with our work mates. By applying these values in our work, we can make our work more constructive and rewarding. We have four values about how we get along: 1. Communication Communication is about keeping those you work with informed about your thoughts and feelings and your right to be informed. That’s the base for honest communication. 2. Valuing People Valuing people is about developing people and so being able to support and satisfy other people. That support goes through our business – to your fellow team players, your manager, to internal customers – through to the final customer. As a result, everyone feels that the product and service they receive is one that is valued and that they can value. 3. Innovation: Innovation is about how we will keep improving and staying out in front. 4. Vision: Vision is all about turning our excitement and passion into reality – looking ahead, anticipating the future, planning the best actions, and being in control.

    After this apprenticeship

    Completion of the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre apprenticeships are nationally recognised qualifications which are acknowledged and respected by employers across the world. These can open the door to many more opportunities, such as Engineering Management and Project Engineering positions across a range of sectors worldwide.

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    AMRC Training Centre Recruitment Team

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000260337.

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    Closes in 12 days (Wednesday 31 July)

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