Engineering Operative Apprentice

Southbourne Rubber Co Ltd

Apprenticeship summary:

PETA Ltd are looking to source an exceptional Engineering Operative Apprentice for our client, Southbourne Rubber Co Ltd (SBR) in Waterlooville. If you want to develop a career in engineering and would like to learn how to set moulding equipment, this apprenticeship could be ideal for you!

As an Engineering Operative Apprentice, you will be complying with statutory regulations and organisation safety requirements including any environmental compliance procedures and systems. In your role, you will learn how to:

  • Identify hazards and hazardous situations
  • Prepare the work area and equipment.
    Obtain and follow job documentation and work instructions.
  • Learn how to extract the necessary data and information from specifications and related documentation.
  • Carry out the engineering activity, carry out quality checks as required.


This is a great opportunity to learn how to set moulding equipment by selecting tools. Joining the team as an Engineering Operative Apprentice, you will be learning to set the machine parameters to meet customer specified outcomes. You will be selecting materials ensuring they are correct and ready for the moulding operation. You will be operating the press removing completed work from the mould and checking them for defects. You will also learn about the finishing operations utilized on site including thermal shock and rumbling.

Other information

SBR are a long established UK manufacturer of precision and industrial rubber mouldings.

We are a lean, agile and customer focused manufacturer.  Our mouldings and extrusions are made from the highest quality rubber and silicone.  Our parts range is extensive including grommets, O-rings, bondings, washers, seals, gaskets and sheeting.

From state-of-the-art machinery to skilled, friendly staff, SBR provide the best possible outcomes. As well as supplying rubber parts for one off projects, we fulfil large orders quickly and efficiently.


To be considered for the role of Engineering Operative Apprentice, you will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • This is physical job you will need to be fit and want to undertake a very hands on role
  • Your motivation and drive are the assets that will be best appreciated.
  • You will possess good communication skills with the ability to communicate with peers and management
  • You will need to be open minded and willing to develop your knowledge and skills to support your future development
Personal qualities
  • You will have a good level of dexterity hand skills
  • Demonstrate an interest in contributing towards manufacturing mechanical components are desirable
  • You will have good hand to eye co-ordination and hand skills
  • Your logical approach to problem solving will enable you to perform to make a good contribution to all aspects of the job
  • You need to be able to learn through instruction and experience
Qualifications required
  • 2 GCSE's at grade C or above (or equivalents) to include Maths and English are essential.


  • Auto-enrolled into the company pension scheme after qualification period
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays (3 days to be taken at Christmas)
  • Your Birthday, day off, when it falls on a work day.
  • Free parking on site
  • Onsite restroom with kitchen facilities
  • Overtime available
Future prospects

Eventually you will be working with minimum supervision and will be responsible for your own actions and for the quality and accuracy and timely delivery of the work you undertake.

Training to be provided

This position is offered as an apprenticeship and you will be completing a Level 2 Engineering qualification. You will be employed directly by the client but be support every step of the way by PETA. 

Throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship you will be required to attend PETA’s Havant training center for off-the-job training.  This will be a 15-month programme, structured as 13 months of day release (1 day a week) of skills training at PETA Ltd where you will complete the EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Skills). Your units will include:

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety
  • Working efficiently and effectively in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Using and communicating technical information

Agreed additional units:

  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Producing Components Using Hand Fitting Techniques
  • Maintaining Mechanical Devices and Equipment
  • Maintaining Electrical Equipment and Systems
  • Assembly and Testing Electronic Circuits

Your independent end point assessment will comprise of:

Practical Skills Observation to assess your application of skill. Typically, this will be covered within one task. During the observation the independent assessor may ask between 3-6 open questions to assess the related underpinning knowledge. You will also undertake a Professional Discussion this will be a holistic assessment of knowledge, skills and behaviours using a reflective portfolio

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