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Engineering Apprentice - 7 positions

Job Title Engineering Apprentice - 7 positions
Salary £16,815 Year 1 | £20,081 Year 2 | £24,975 Year 3 | £28,239 Year 4
Based at Ramsgate | Slade Green
Grade Apprentice
Allowances 1,780 London Allowance depending on location
Shifts No
Hours of work 35
Job Expiry Date 01 May 2017

Overview of the Engineering Apprentice - 7 positions Role

About us

Southeastern is one of the busiest commuter rail companies in the UK running more than 2,000 trains, and carrying nearly 600,000 passengers every day between London, Kent and East Sussex. We also run the UK's only high speed train service on our 'Javelin' trains with a top speed of 140 mph.

Just over 4,000 employees - mostly from the communities that we serve - work together to provide this vital service and we are looking to expand our successful team. We have a strong set of values that shape the way we run our business and guide our staff in delivering what our customers need. These are:

  • We care passionately about our people and our passengers
  • We make the difference together
  • We aim to be the best

Your Role

We are looking for an aspiring candidate who would like to take up an apprenticeship with Southeastern and develop a career within our Engineering Department. This is a four year scheme which is designed at providing you with the appropriate qualifications and competencies to become a skilled service engineer. The four year programme consists of the following:

Year 1 – Full time college attendance

The training in the first year will give you a broad base of knowledge and understanding of engineering. Your practical training will include the following:

  • Bench fitting and use of hand tools
  • Welding
  • Workshop Machines, Lathes, Drilling, milling etc
  • Mechanical maintenance
  • Electrical maintenance
  • Electrical Wire and Test
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Building & Testing Electrical/Electronic circuits
  • Health & Safety

Years 2-4

The remaining two and a half years of the apprenticeship are based in the workplace with day release at college. You will be given placements to gain exposure across our engineering departments including the Production Exam teams, Tech Department, Planning and Materials. Practical and theory training will also be given on all classes of Rolling stock that operate on the Southeastern network area.

The Apprenticeship Scheme prepares a young engineer for a career in Rail Engineering. The qualifications you will achieve upon completion will be a BTEC National Certificate, Performing Engineering Operations Level 2, NVQ Level 3 and potentially a Higher National Certificate. Here is a full breakdown of what you can expect throughout the programme:

About You

To excel in this role, you will need:

  • 4 x GCSE’s (Grade B minimum) including English, Maths and Science
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • To be proactive when it comes to problem solving
  • Good team working skills
  • Should be computer literate with a basic knowledge of information technology.
  • Must possess good written and numerical skills.

Working here:

You will be working 35 hours per week and will also receive 32 days annual holiday entitlement (which includes bank holidays).

We Offer:

As well as a generous salary, we offer an impressive benefits package which includes a Contributory Final Salary Pension Scheme and free travel on Southeastern, GTR, Southern, London Midland and Gatwick Express rail services. After a qualifying period, you can also look forward to reduced rate travel on other train operators, including European services – benefits which extend to family members

Next steps

If you like what you’ve read here and think you are the person we’re looking for then we’d like to hear from you.

As part of our recruitment process you will complete a series of aptitude tests, and undergo a medical and drugs/alcohol screening, prior to employment.

Southeastern welcomes applications from a diverse range of candidates regardless of background, disability or gender and is committed to creating a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve

Note: Southeastern has a zero tolerance policy on the misuse of drugs and alcohol by employees, therefore you will be required to attend a medical assessment and undergo a Drugs and Alcohol Screening prior to joining Southeastern. If you fail the drugs and alcohol screening or refuse to take the test, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

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