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Apprentice R&D Test Engineer KENSA HEAT PUMPS LTD

Kensa Heat Pumps are seeking a positive and motivated individual to join their engineering team at their site in Truro. This is an excellent opportunity to work and train with this reputable national company and gain recognised engineering qualifications.

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Closing date: 15 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    18 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

We are seeking an enthusiastic, driven apprentice looking to begin their career in Engineering.

You will work as part of the R&D Test team developing new and existing products, bringing in fresh ideas you will ensure we maintain and expand our cutting-edge products through rigorous and thorough testing to regulatory standards.

The chosen candidate will work closely with the Senior Test Engineer as part of a small and agile team within a rapidly expanding company.

The successful candidate will acquire the following responsibilities:

  • Observing, learning and understanding a wide range of engineering skills and processes while under the Instruction of skilled technical staff.
  • To be able to demonstrate these skills and processes as the training period progresses by working independently or with a team, to undertake tasks as instructed and increasing overall contribution to the department.
  • To undertake and successfully complete a suitable college course throughout the employment period.
  • To develop the skills to construct or modify apparatus and instruments from verbal instructions and drawings to a high degree of precision.
  • To maintain and to ensure general good housekeeping of the workplace and laboratory areas.
  • To be a positive ambassador of Kensa at all times.
  • To work at all times in accordance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and to follow all company procedures and guidelines which assist this.
  • To work at all times in accordance with the company’s Dignity and Diversity policy.
  • To undertake such other duties as may be required within the general scope of the job.


What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

You will be working towards a Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard.

You will receive on and off the job training and support from an assessor and an apprenticeship advisor.

You will be required to attend Cornwall College Camborne on a weekly basis as part of the apprenticeship training.

Mandatory qualifications will include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
    After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The opportunity for employment and a career at Kensa Heat Pumps.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Punctual, Physical strength, Proactive, Curious, Diligent, Dexterous, Good at Data Entry, Sense of Humour


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Design Technology (Grade 4/C) Desired

Things to consider

Mount Wellington in Chacewater, is located in a rural location between Bissoe and United Downs. There is a public bus (46, 47 and U2) that runs past United Downs then you will need to walk the rest of the way if you do not have your own transport. We have free parking on site.

About the employer

Who are Kensa Heat Pumps? Kensa Heat Pumps is the UK’s only manufacturer of ground source heat pumps and is the long-established market leader. What do Kensa Heat Pumps do? Established in Cornwall in 1999, Kensa Heat Pumps manufactures the UK’s widest range of ground source heat pumps and accessories, including the world’s smallest and quietest ground source heat pump, the Shoebox heat pump. Kensa works as a partner with many installers, self-builders, specifiers and housing providers to supply exceptionally well-designed ground source heat pump systems which out-perform the market. Why do we do what we do? Kensa Heat Pumps believes that everyone should benefit from sustainable, efficient, and affordable heating. To achieve this vision, Kensa Heat Pumps offers unique products for diverse applications and continually pioneers innovative new system architectures to enable the wide-scale adoption of ground source heat pumps to help the UK meet its 2050 zero-carbon targets. What makes Kensa Heat Pumps different? As the UK’s only dedicated manufacturer of ground source heat pumps, Kensa combines engineering ingenuity and years of ground source expertise to ensure every heat pump in the Kensa range – the widest ground source heat pump range on the market – has been designed with British homes in mind and tested to exacting standards for ease of installation and use, and optimum efficiency.








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Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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