Process Technician Advanced Apprenticeship - Venator

Cogent Ssc Limited

Hartlepool, TS25 2DD

Closes in 23 days (Sunday 11 August)

Posted on 5 July 2024


Cogent Skills is working with Venator to recruit 3 Apprentice Production Technicians to join their shift operations team, working on a top tier COMAH manufacturing site in Hartlepool. As part of a team of technicians, you will be responsible for providing a flexible resource for a number of production areas.

Annual wage
£12,646.40 a year

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

Training course
Process industry manufacturing technician (level 3)
During Year 1 the hours will vary but on average will be Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 17:00. On site, apprentices will work a 38-hour week, Monday to Friday, from 08:00 to 16:00, with an unpaid 30-minute lunch break.

38 hours a week

Possible start date

Sunday 15 September


2 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

Apprenticeship Standard: Process Industry Manufacturing Technician

Training Provider: Hartlepool College of Further Education

Qualification: City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Process Technology

Delivery Model: The Apprentices will study full time at Hartlepool College of Further Education for the first (foundation) year, with a minimum of two on site placement weeks.  Any further agreed study in years two and three will be through day release.

Where you’ll work

Greatham Works

Tees Road


TS25 2DD


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

Process industry manufacturing technician (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • Review instructions or information to understand the task.
  • Plan tasks. Identify and organise resources with consideration for safety, environmental impact, quality, and cost.
  • Identify hazards and risks in the workplace and personal safety and mitigation measures.
  • Apply health, safety, and environmental procedures in compliance with regulations, standards, and guidance.
  • Follow environment emergency procedures. For example, make area safe, evacuate.
  • Apply sustainability principles for example, minimising waste.
  • Apply standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Check equipment.
  • Select, check, and prepare raw materials for process for example, weighing, measuring, control and blending, conditioning, dissolving, and sanitisation.
  • Set and adjust processing parameters such as temperature, pressure, speed or time, distance.
  • Monitor process for example, take readings and conduct walk-arounds.
  • Conduct the control of product streams to maintain specifics.
  • Apply quality assurance procedures. For example, density checks, contaminant check, and take samples for laboratory testing.
  • Apply intermediate or post-manufacturing procedure for example, labelling, packing, storage, visual inspection, discharge.
  • Manage waste streams.
  • Clean equipment for example, boil-outs, steam-outs, bake-outs, steam in place SIP, clean in place (CIP).
  • Conduct calculations for example, conversations, tare weight, charge weights, yield calculations.
  • Store tools and equipment.
  • Identify equipment for handover.
  • Apply signage and access restriction measures.
  • Shut down the process and equipment.
  • Isolate process and systems.
  • Complete isolation checks.
  • Empty equipment for example, drain, purge, vent, and de-pressure.
  • Purge, fill, pressurise and leak test.
  • Complete post maintenance equipment checks.
  • Line-up equipment.
  • Connect service connections such as water, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic for chemical or petrochemical processing.
  • De-isolate process, mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Complete pre-start up checks.
  • Start-up plant and equipment.
  • Re-start process.
  • Record or enter information - paper based or electronic.
  • Interpret data for example, process data, quality control and test procedure data.
  • Interpret drawings and graphs.
  • Identify issues for example, defects, deviations, process variance, and maintenance requirements.
  • Escalate issues outside limits of responsibility.
  • Apply problem solving and fault-finding techniques.
  • Apply continuous improvement techniques. Make a suggestion for improvement.
  • Use information and digital technology for example, management information systems, human machine interfaces, word processing, spreadsheet, email, virtual learning platforms, document sharing platforms. Comply with cyber security requirements.
  • Produce written documents for example, handover notes or emails, non-conformances, design change requests.
  • Communicate with others verbally for example, colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Apply team working principles.
  • Plan how to meet personal development needs. Carry out and record planned and unplanned learning and development (CPD) activities.
  • 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:

    • 5 GCSE's including Maths, English and Science (grade C/4 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.


    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Initiative

    Other requirements

    The Apprentice must be able to travel to the place of work (Hartlepool College or Venator site). Times of work may vary and may, for limited periods, include night shifts and weekend work. The successful candidates will be employed by Cogent Skills Services but will undertake all on-job learning with Venator.

    About this company

    Our apprenticeship and graduate services have been supporting science industry employers to attract, retain and develop people who can contribute to business success since 2012. (opens in new tab)

    Disability Confident

    Disability Confident

    A fair proportion of interviews for this apprenticeship will be offered to applicants with a disability or long-term health condition. This includes non-visible disabilities and conditions.

    You can choose to be considered for an interview under the Disability Confident scheme. You’ll need to meet the essential requirements to be considered for an interview.

    After this apprenticeship

    This role is part of our talent planning for the future and, for the right person, we are looking to continue to develop the Apprentice upon successful completion of the Apprenticeship. Subject to satisfactory completion of the Apprenticeship, candidates will be considered for any available permanent positions.

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:

    Cogent Ssc Limited

    Dylan Bailey

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000262876.

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    Closes in 23 days (Sunday 11 August)

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