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Level 3 Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Apprentice

An excellent opportunity to work for an established packaging machinery company founded 20 years ago and based in Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire. We are a privately-owned company who build, design, and manufacture our own machines, as well as importing machines from Italy. We pride ourselves in providing excellent service to our customers. We strive for perfection, and this is demonstrated in the design and quality of our builds. We have been leading the way since 2003.

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Vacancy location Unit C5 Regent Park, Summerleys Road, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 9LE
Training location OAS, Culharm, OX14 3DB
Working week 40 hours
Wage £12-16K in year 1, £16-20K in year 2, £20-22K in year 3
Expected duration 48 months
Start date 01 August 2023

At Excel Packaging Machinery, our team has over 100 years of experience collectively within design, manufacture, service work, troubleshooting, project management, as well as sales and marketing of packaging machinery. Excel Packaging Machinery is a leading supplier of equipment to the cosmetic, personal care, pharmaceutical and healthcare markets, including filling machines, capping machines, bagging machines, cartoning machines, tube filling & sealing machines, bottle unscrambling machines, labelling machines and e-liquid filling machines.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic apprentice who would like to start their career in production and engineering. You are practically minded and can demonstrate your practical skills through extracurricular activities, which can vary from making and building things to design and technology.

The programme will consist of your first year mainly at OAS in Culham, where you will be immersed into the Level 3 Engineering modules, together with blocked out time to come to site to meet with your team at Excel Packaging Machinery, working in key engineering cells within the business. After the first year, you will be given a programme consisting of 6-week blocks in each of the manufacturing, production, design and engineering cells to complement the learning from the course, together with gaining further on the job experience. There will be block release at OAS periodically.

Please note that some lifting is involved, and most of your day will be on your feet working in the workshop or at a customer site. You must be prepared to work in both clean room environments and dirty environments, and to travel with some overnight stays.

Key Attributes/Attitudes we are looking for:

  • Practically minded, with a genuine interest in engineering
  • Punctual, positive attitude/motivated/enthusiastic                               
  • Effective communication skills
  • Flexible and adaptable attitude
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving skills
  • Approachable
  • Personable
  • Effective as a team member, or working alone.

Ideally you will be working towards 5 GCSEs at Grade 4/5 or above which would include Maths, English and a Science. Although these would be preferred, we are open to look at candidates with lower grades who possess relevant extracurricular experience and the right behaviour and attitudes. Support with Maths and English and course content will be provided.

You will work alongside your mentor who will be allocated to you when you join the company, working with him in the workshop and on customer sites, building in machinery workshop and visiting suppliers in Italy.
Additional courses for electrics, pneumatics and robotics etc will be given to help you with your role. Solidworks and 3D printer.

Full time position to be offered after completing level 3 and exams.
We offer 25 days holiday per year and a pension scheme.