Liberty Steel Ltd

Electrical Engineering Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Liberty Steel Ltd (Employer)

Sheffield College, the (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £191.21
36.5 hours per week Mon 7.45am - 4pm, Tue - Fri 8am - 4pm Once in department the apprentices will join the shift pattern of the Parent craftsman and start a shift system which is appropriate for their age. We are a 24/7 operation so night and weekend work is included.
3 years (duration)
23 March 2021(start date)
12 positions available
28 February 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Electrical Engineering at Specialty Steels involves multi electrical disciplines which range from high to low voltage systems, preventative maintenance to rapid response for breakdowns and working site service support teams to being part of a specialised department engineering team.


Stocksbridge/Rotherham Electrical Apprentice.

As an Electrical Engineer, you will study the uses of electricity and the equipment for power generation and distribution and the control of machines and communication systems. As a Speciality Steels apprentice, you will learn how to work safely with electrical equipment, understand electrical drawings, install equipment to a professional standard and fault find and repair a range of electrical equipment.  You will work within the Speciality Steels business, which produces high performance alloy and stainless steels designed to meet the detailed and demanding requirements of some of the world’s most challenging markets and industries. Electrical Engineering at Speciality Steels involves multi electrical disciplines which range from high to low voltage systems, preventative maintenance to rapid response for breakdowns and working site service support teams to being part of a specialised department engineering team. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants study electrical engineering in a practical and hands on environment at a National award winning apprenticeship employer in the Sheffield and Rotherham area.


If you have (or are expecting to achieve) 5 GCSEs or equivalent (including English, maths and Science) at Grade 5 or better, you can apply to join our Engineering Apprenticeship Programme.

Engineering Apprenticeship Programme Overview:

Your apprenticeship at Stocksbridge, Rotherham or Brinsworth will include time at college and a training programme that guarantees variety and practical work. It’s an ideal blend of classroom and ‘on-the-job’ training. The Apprenticeship Programme lasts three years, however this is reviewed every 12 months. Apprentice attachments will rotate every 3 months and apprentices will find themselves at all three South Yorkshire sites at some point within year 2 and 3. The first 9-10 months will be based at Stocksbridge, with rotations thereafter. Please be aware no positions are specific to just one location until substantive positions are offered and most of these positions include shifts/weekend working. Once you have completed the 3 years you will gain an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate Level 3 qualification. Following this you will look to move to a permanent position within Speciality Steels and your 4th year will see you transition into this role.

Programme Summary:

Year 1 - In your first year you will:

  • Start modules towards Electrical maintenance and the first year of your BTEC Level 3 in Electrical Engineering
  • Undertake specialist engineering training programme at our on-site training centre at Stocksbridge

Year 2 - During your second year you will:

  • Undertake on-site working alongside qualified Craftspeople and Technicians
  • Complete a BTEC Level 3 in Engineering
  • Continue to complete your competence portfolio through experience within the work place

Year 3 - Your third year will see you:

  • Working on‐site with qualified Craftspeople and Technicians
  • Complete an end point assessment
  • Work towards achieving the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate

Level 3, which marks the end of the formal apprentice scheme.

In addition to your training you will complete a number of placements in different departments where you will learn all about electrical engineering. As you move around, you'll gain lots of hands on, practical experience, get the chance to work with different people and discover how the company works and the many career paths available to you. You will be required to travel to our different sites so that you gain maximum exposure and you may be required to work shifts. You can expect to start your career as a team member in a specific department. After that the next step would be to become a Craft Team Member, then onto a Team Leader. After that, there are numerous career paths that you could follow. You could become a Maintenance Technician, Engineer and Senior Engineer. Alternatively you might aim to be a Plant Engineer, Works Engineer and Director of Engineering. Alternatively, you might choose to move around different specialisms ‐ from production planning to safety.

Package & Benefits:

The apprenticeship programme offers a range of benefits to help you make the right start in your working life. It’s a competitive package that recognises your contribution to our business and supports your professional development. As a Speciality Steels Apprentice, you’ll enjoy the same range of benefits as other employees from day one.

These include:

  • Generous paid holiday allowance
  • Family friendly benefits
  • Discount schemes
  • Potential for sponsorship towards professional qualifications
  • Opportunities to join CSR and social activities

In addition to your training, you will also receive a salary that increases annually. The current rates for our engineering apprenticeships are:

  • Year 1 - £9,995
  • Year 2 - £12000*
  • Year 3 - £14,700

If required a shift premium will be paid on top of these rates.

*Individuals aged over 21 years going into year 2 will be paid at 3rd year rate.

Future Prospects

What future prospects are there for the candidate once the Apprenticeship they have applied for has finished/completed (including salary) Many of our apprentices complete the level 3 standards, they often continue to progress to a higher apprenticeship at level 4/5.

All apprenticeships are 3 years in duration, which gives sufficient time for the individuals to complete the frameworks and find a substantive position.

Reality Check

Individuals need to be prepared to travel to the three sites and work shifts when required. Applicants must be aware that the role is with a steel works and as such the majority of areas involve high and low temperatures due to the nature of the business.

As of the 1st April 2020 The National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.

Liberty Speciality Steels has an excellent reputation for providing quality apprenticeships through the bespoke programmes we have created. All our apprenticeships have genuine opportunities for substantive positions at the end of the programmes. This has resulted in Liberty Speciality Steels remaining in the top 100 UK employers for the last seven years and being recognized as apprentice employer of year by the National apprenticeship service.

These roles will eventually require the apprentices to work shifts and weekends as required and in the first three years you will be asked to work at the three South Yorkshire sites, so need to be willing to travel to each of the sites.


  • Year 1 £192.21
  • Year 2 £230.76
  • Year 3 £282.69

Shift allowances are paid on top of the basics.

Skills Required

  • Listening
  • Team building
  • Problem solving
  • Multi-tasking 
  • Good communicator

Qualities Required

The type of person they are looking for:

  • Keen
  • Enthusiastic
  • Self-motivated
  • Good time keeper
  • Confident and team player

Qualifications Required

Five GCSE’s at level C/5 or above including English, maths and Science (or equivalent).

Training Provided

Level 3 Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Standard.

All apprentices are classed as trainees for their first three years. During the three years’ time will be made available for the individuals to complete the work from their relevant standard including day release and time off the job.

Apprentices will a BTEC diploma at level 3 in Mechanical manufacturing engineering as part of their advanced apprenticeship.

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