Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering apprenticeship

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Number of vacancies:

Company name:
Rittal CSM Ltd

Company location:
Roborough, Plymouth

Salary per week:

37.92 hours a week


We have an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to kick-start their career with an Apprenticeship in Sheet Metal Manufacturing. Studying with City College Plymouth, you will be able to earn while you learn – becoming a valued member of our workforce in the process.

• Do you have a strong hands-on aptitude for mechanical engineering?
• Do you have an enthusiastic approach to work and learning?
• Do you have the ability to work effectively as part of a fast moving team?

If you answered yes to the above, then this could be the apprenticeship for you!

The apprenticeship programme has been designed to provide candidates with comprehensive training in all Sheet Metal production activities

Your day-to-day activities for this role would include:

Power Press (Set and Operate).
CNC Piercing and Folding (Set and Operate).
Press Brake (Set and Operate).
Welding (Manual and Automated).
During the apprenticeship, you will also learn:

Planned maintenance activities.
The basics of Quality Systems and Procedures.
Knowledge of Powder Coating.
Knowledge and experience of Assembly Processes.
There are 4 positions to be filled.

Other benefits include, 25 day’s holiday + Bank Holidays, free parking, free staff uniform, subsidised staff restaurant and contributory pension scheme matched by the Company up to 5%.


All training to be provided by City College Plymouth in collaboration with the company themselves throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. An NVQ in Engineering will be awarded to the successful candidate on completion of the apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship is made up of the following components:

NVQ Diploma – this is the competence based component where the apprentice demonstrates that they have the skills and knowledge to meet the required National Occupational Standards (NOS).
Technical Certificate – (where applicable) this is the knowledge based component and depending on the subject, is assessed either by a series of online tests, written assignments or a practical assessments or will be combined within the NVQ diploma.
Maths and English – (where applicable) Students may be exempt if they have a GCSE in Maths, English or equivalent. Functional Skills/GCSEs are delivered at the college.
Depending on the framework, the apprentice may also need to complete an ICT Functional Skill. Each Functional Skill is assessed by a diagnostic test. The level of Functional Skill will depend on the level of the apprenticeship framework.
Employee Rights and Responsibilities – this component is designed to give an Apprentice awareness of their employment rights and responsibilities. The apprentice completes the ERR through a question and answer format in a workbook, or in structured sessions.
Personal Learning and Thinking Skill – comprises of six components; Independent enquirers, Creative thinkers, Reflective learners, Team workers, Self-managers, Effective participators.
These, together with the Functional Skills are essential to success in learning, life and work. These can be embedded within the other components of the apprenticeship framework.

Qualities and skills:

Desired skills
Attention to detail
Self Motivated
Excellent communication skills
Methodical and have the ability to prioritise workloads to meet deadlines.

Personal qualities
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

A strong aptitude for mechanical engineering
A proactive approach to work and learning
The ability to work effectively as part of a fast moving team
Attention to detail
Self motivated
Polite and punctual
Mature, confident approach to work and change
Ability to work well under pressure
Adaptable to needs of the business and client.

Desired qualifications
Level 2 / GCSE in Maths, English, Science, ICT, Resistant Materials, Engineering and Manufacturing ideally at grade C or above.


Candidates will be guaranteed permanent, full-time employment once the apprenticeship is complete, with the opportunity to further develop their career.

Other info:

As a part of the application process, you may be required to undertake diagnostic assessments with City College Plymouth.

Please ensure that you check your emails for a City College Plymouth application form, this will need to be filled and returned for you to complete these assessments.

Until these assessments are complete your application will not be viewed by the company.