Getrag Ford Transmissions Ltd

Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship at Getrag Ford - Advanced (Level 3)

Getrag Ford Transmissions Ltd (Employer)

Waterside Training Limited (Training Provider)

Annual wage £12,634.00
37.5 hours per week Monday - Friday - Year 1, 08:45 - 16:00 and Years 2 - 3, 07:00 - 15:30
4 years (duration)
2 September 2021(start date)
3 positions available
31 March 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Waterside Training in partnership with Getrag Ford based at Halewood Liverpool has three fantastic opportunities for apprentices to join their production team to support the manufacturing operations as a Mechanical Engineer.


The four year engineering apprenticeship will initially cover broad based training and grounding in Electrical and Mechanical skills at Waterside Training in St Helens with years 2,3 and 4 working on plant at Halewood alongside qualified craftsmen as a Mechanical Engineer whilst continuing to attend college day release up to HNC.

Engineers work as part of a team to provide engineering support to multi-million pound plant operations, to maintain and repair equipment to improve efficiency and product quality along with carrying out fault finding diagnosis and problem solving.  

The Maintenance Craft apprenticeship will include activities such as:

  • Machine and equipment maintenance
  • Fault finding and diagnostics
  • Using preventative maintenance systems
  • Restoring components undertaking repair
  • Replacement and servicing

Future Prospects

  • The business invests significantly in our apprentice programme to ensure our long term future. Given the level of investment it goes without saying that individuals who successfully complete our high quality apprenticeship are offered permanent positions
  • Getrag Ford Transmissions supports the onward development and growth of all personnel and has a track record of promoting from within based on performance and achievement

Reality Check

  • Apprentices will complete a programme of theoretical and practical learning. On completion of your broad based training you will work with experienced maintenance engineers on plant at Halewood tackling “real life” activities.  Typical working hours will be 37.5 hours per week and once onsite a willingness to work shift work on completion of the apprenticeship is essential
  • Starting salary £12,634 upwards to £25,268 per annum in year 4
  • During year 1 you will build, assemble, install and commission a live electrical panel with emergency controls, stop/start sequence and techniques like PLC's that drive a motor control speed unit to activate a working panel and or conveyor system along with learning about measuring, marking out, bench fitting techniques along with lathe, milling and mechanical maintenance type activities
  • During year 1 you will attend Waterside full time from Monday to Friday from 8:45 am. to 4:00 p.m. On attending the Getrag plant, you will work at 37-hour week; Monday to Thursday from 7am to 3:30 pm with Fridays from 7am to 12.30 pm with 30 mins unpaid lunch break and a 10 minute morning tea break
  • You must be able to travel to both Waterside based at St Helens and Getrag Ford based at Halewood to attend both off the job and on the job training
  • The ideal candidate should have a genuine desire to be a maintenance craft person with the level of drive and commitment necessary to embrace the learning opportunity with a mechanical aptitude, an analytical ability and good problem solving skills with a methodical approach to work

Skills Required

  • Candidates should have a keen and demonstrable interest and enthusiasm in practical engineering tasks in mechanical engineering with an enthusiastic approach to work and willingness to learn
  • A basic knowledge of Mechanical type work is desired, however, full training will be given throughout the apprenticeship
  • You must have a mechanical aptitude and be able to demonstrate your abilities throughout the recruitment process
  • You must have a keen interest in the Engineering field along with a positive attitude, excellent time management, confidence, be well organised, self motivated and committed with the desire to drive to become a first class engineer

Qualities Required

  • The ideal candidate should have a genuine desire to be a maintenance craft person with the level of drive and commitment necessary to embrace the learning opportunity with a mechanical aptitude, an analytical ability and good problem solving skills with a methodical approach to work
  • We are looking for someone who is highly self motivated, flexible, enthusiastic and very well organised individual with excellent team-working and planning skills
  • Applicants must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and an ability to rapidly gain and develop constructive and positive working relationships across diverse groups

Qualifications Required

  • Entry Requirements for this programme are 5 GCSE’s at A*-C (9-4) or equivalent grade 5-9 in English, mathematics and Science is essential
  • A practical based subject in Design Technology, Electronics, Engineering and or Resistant Materials would be desirable

Training Provided

Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Apprentices will complete a programme of both theoretical and practical learning over a four-year period. Initially, based at Waterside Training undertaking broad based training during year 1 in Electrical and Mechanical techniques before moving to a programme of working on site for a global organisation with experienced engineering technician's tackling “real life” activities.  You will receive both vocational and academic training on and off site
  • During the first year from September 2021 to July 2022 you will develop your skills and knowledge by attending Waterside Training Limited on a block release basis to carry out foundation training in Electrical and Mechanical techniques working from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with one day spent at St Helens College, Technology Campus, St Helens to attend your academic training day from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m
  • Over the first two years you will complete a City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Engineering giving both academic and workshop skills
  • Additional training will also be completed during your apprenticeship to cover the requirements of the programme such as Health & Safety Training, Lean Manufacturing and  specific training as required by the company
  • From July 2022, you will commence your full site based training at Getrag Ford, 4 days per week with day release to continue your academic training.  Your site based work will follow the Level 3 Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician standard and you will continue to attend your company site for the remainder of your apprenticeship programme
  • Whilst on site, dependent on the company, you may transfer from dayshift to work a shift pattern alongside experienced skilled team members
  • Waterside will assign you a mentor/assessor to guide you through the apprenticeship and carry out six weekly reviews along with guiding you through your standards through portfolio building, behavioural logs, technical discussions, observations to check competency levels prior to embarking on the End Point Assessment
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