We are offering a 4 year Level 3 Engineering Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship specifically tailored to our Assembly and Press Shop Maintenance Departments (mechatronics). Working for a world class steel pressing company Unipres UK Limited – this apprenticeship is specifically aimed at developing the next generation of Maintenance Technicians.

Apprenticeship Salary – £15,065.04 a year (Yearly pay increase)

Training provider: Hartlepool College of Further Education

Working week

Year 1: College – 8:30am – 15:30pm (Transport provided from Unipres Sunderland throughout year 1 to Training Provider)

Years 2 – 4: Onsite – 6:45am – 15:03pm (permanent day shift) College Day Release – 9:00am – 16:00pm

Total hours per week: 39

Expected duration: 4 years

Possible start date: 02 Sep 2024

Positions: 10 positions available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Year 1 of the apprenticeship:

  • 5 days off the job training at a specialist Training Provider (College) – learning both practical and theoretical skills in engineering.

Year 2 until the completion of the apprenticeship:

  • 4 days on the job training based at the plant with continued studies – 1 day a week with a specialist Training Provider (College).
  • 3 weeks rotation of the 2 Maintenance Departments to explore which is preferred:

Assembly Maintenance:

  • Fixing and maintaining the robot cells and facilities within that area – both electrical/mechanically biased

Press Maintenance:

  • Fixing and maintaining the different types of press machines we have and other machinery in the department – both electrical/mechanically biased

Once you are located within your allocated department after rotation (to decide where you are based) you are still classed as multi-skilled.

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

The successful candidates will gain a full Level 3 Engineering Maintenance Technician Standard – pathway Mechatronics Maintenance. You will work in either the Assembly or Press Shop Maintenance Departments, alongside other talented Technicians.

The qualifications the apprentice will receive are as follows:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Award Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Mechatronics Maintenance

Desired skills and personal qualities

  • Communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Number skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Logical
  • Team working
  • Creative
  • Initiative
  • Patience
  • Physical fitness
  • Time Management
  • Attendance
  • Self-motivated
  • Prioritise workload
  • Work under own initiative


  • GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or C and above) essential
  • GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or C and above) essential
  • GCSE or equivalent Science (Combined/Separate) (Grade 4 or C and above) essential

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Apprentices can progress into full-time work with opportunities to progress through the ranks. Option to progress education further by completing a HNC Level of study. (Higher Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Level 4).

What can we offer you?

  • Annual holiday entitlement of 26 days and 8 Bank Holiday (company shut down in summer and Christmas)
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Free onsite car park
  • Free electric car charging points on site
  • Car lease scheme
  • Pension (GPP) 4.5% employee and 4.5% employer
  • Life Assurance 4x pensionable pay (after 1 years service for GPP members)
  • Private healthcare
  • On-site occupational health support
  • Company sick pay
  • Enhanced paternity leave
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Profit share
  • Sports and social club
  • Long service awards
  • Monthly prize draw
  • On- site canteen

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