Mechanical and Process engineering apprentice


Faringdon, SN7 8NY

Closes in 13 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

Posted on 9 July 2024


During your apprenticeship (when not at college) you will work with all our departments and engineering disciplines, developing your skills and knowledge of polymer processing, from the fundamentals through to advanced level Injection moulding, as well as working within our maintenance and quality departments and our own tool room.

Annual wage
£14,560 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 operative (level 2)
Initially it will be Mon-Thurs or Tues-Fri (10-hour shift – 8am-6pm), but potential changes to cover production requirements/holiday cover etc. may occasionally require alternative hours to be worked.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 2 September


2 Years 3 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


  • 24 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Delivery model:

  • Work-based training with your employer
  • Year 1 - Day release during term time (2 days a week in college, 3 days in the workplace)
  • Year 2 - Day release during term time (1 day a week in college, 4 days in the workplace)
  • Approximately 12 on-site assessment visits per year
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)
  • Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications included:

  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Skills)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Knowledge)
  • Level 2 Engineering Operative Apprenticeship

End Point Assessment:

  • Practical assessment
  • Professional discussion

Where you’ll work

Unit 6, White Horse Business Park

Stanford in the Vale




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 operative (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents

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:

  • 4 GCSEs, including English and maths (grade 4/C or above)

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
  • Problem solving skills
  • Logical
  • Team working
  • Initiative

Other requirements

Please apply as soon as possible for this role. Should the right candidate be found prior to the closing date, then the vacancy may be closed early. Things to consider: White Horse Plastics is in Stanford in the Vale, which has limited public transport links so it will be important that you consider how you will travel to/from work. The college training will be held at the Abingdon campus of Oxford and Witney College – 2 days per week in year 1 and 1 day a week thereafter. Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session: Any new person applying for apprenticeship roles where Abingdon and Witney College deliver the training will be required to attend an Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session at Witney or Abingdon campus. This will consist of a series of initial assessments (required prior to any apprenticeship offer), completion of essential paperwork, the opportunity to find out more about the apprenticeship process, the training included, and a forum for your questions. As a new Apprenticeship applicant you will only have to undergo this process once. If you would like to talk to us about the assessments or if you would need any extra support to attend the Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session please call us on 01235 216216. Qualification checks: By applying for this vacancy you are giving Abingdon and Witney College permission to undertake a Learner Record Service check on your previous qualifications. We make every effort to ensure that applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds or those who may not have the formal GCSE entry requirements can access apprenticeships where possible. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £6.40 per hour from April 2024. This applies to 16 - 18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over during the first year of their apprenticeship. After this, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Wage for apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About this company

White Horse Plastics is an Injection Moulding supplier based in Stanford-in-the-Vale in South Oxfordshire. Every year we mould millions of medical, consumer & engineering components for the UK Manufacturing sector. We are an SME (a Small, to Medium Sized Enterprise) employing 20 specialist engineers and operators. After fifty years of technical moulding as a supplier to the automotive industry, we are growing the sustainable area of our business, offering extra help to start-ups with sustainable objectives, and specialising in the moulding of biopolymers. (opens in new tab)

After this apprenticeship

After completion of apprenticeship (2 years to Level 2 and additional18-24 months to Level 3) you as a minimum will be able to work as a fully trained process technician, but dependent on your strengths and interests you will also be offered the opportunity to grow within WHP in other engineering and associated roles.

Ask a question

The contact for this apprenticeship is:


Paul Bobby


The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000261750.

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Closes in 13 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

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