Engineering Operative (Manufacture) Apprentice

Nightsearcher Ltd

Apprenticeship summary:

An exciting opportunity in a hands-on working environment learning to assemble and test a range of low volume lighting products. This role has a strong focus on teamwork and an eye for detail, our specialist equipment is relied upon by the emergency services. You will have a flexible teamworking approach to work allowing us to achieve our goals

NightSearcher has been designing and manufacturing portable, rechargeable lighting solutions since 1989. Initially these products were supplied to the uniform and industrial markets, where we have developed a reputation for high quality and service. NightSearcher products are widely used by the police, military, fire fighters, search and rescue, railways, construction, oil and gas, and automotive industries, among others. Our continued success and expansion is aided by the dynamic nature of health and safety requirements, coupled with the demands from both new and existing market sectors.
Our product range now includes high quality searchlights, worklights, floodlights, flashlights, head torches and lighting for hazardous locations.


  •  Learn how to work accordance with company safety procedures and follow Health and Safety legislation
  • Become confident identifying and dealing appropriately with any risks, hazards, hazardous situations and problems that may occur within the engineering environment within the limits of their responsibility
  • Learn how to obtain and follow the correct documentation, specifications and work instructions in accordance with time constraints and the roles and responsibilities identified for the engineering activities, extracting the necessary data/information from specification and related documentation
  • Become competent selecting and using appropriate tools, equipment and materials to carry out the engineering operation
  • Learn how to plan the manufacturing operation before they start
  • Become competent mounting and setting the required work holding devices
  • Learn how to produce individual components, sub-assemblies or completed assemblies using mechanical manufacturing techniques
  • Become competent carrying out quality checks during and after mechanical manufacturing operations
  • Learn how to contribute to the identification of possible improvements and assist implementing the company’s continuous improvement programme
  • You will be able to demonstrate effective communication skills which include oral, written, electronic
  • Become competent dealing with any problems that may occur within the manufacturing environment within the limits of their responsibility
  • Work efficiently and effectively at all times maintaining workplace organisation and minimising waste

Other information:

  • This apprenticeship will be one of the new Engineering Operative Standards.
  • The company is located in Farlington, you will need to be able get here reliably
  • The company will support your personal and professional development
  • You will be trained, supported and monitored throughout the process
  • The company operates on an ethical basis respecting peoples beliefs


  • You will have a good level of dexterity hand skills
  • Demonstrate an interest in contributing towards manufacturing mechanical assemblies 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

Personal qualities:

  • Your motivation and drive are the assets that will be best appreciated.
  • You will need good communication skills as you will develop into a role where the ability to communicate on a technical level with peers and management is a crucial skill
  • You will need to be open minded and willing to develop your knowledge and skills to support your future development

Qualifications required:

  • 2 GCSE's at grade C or above (or equivalents) to include Maths and English are desirable


  • 20 days paid holiday and 8 statutory days holiday
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Overtime available

Training to be provided:

Throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship you will be required to attend PETA’s Havant training centre for off-the-job training. The majority of skills development training will be completed with your employer at your place of work.

You will be employed whilst you are completing your apprenticeship this will include 13 months of day release training at PETA Ltd where you will complete your Level 2 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) qualification. This will include:

  • Working safely
  • Interpreting technical information
  • Working efficiently and effectively
  • Producing Components Using Hand Fitting Techniques
  • Maintaining Mechanical Devices and Equipment
  • Maintaining Electrical Equipment and Systems
  • Assembly and Testing Electronic Circuits

You will also complete the Level 2 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Technical Knowledge). The apprenticeship duration will be 15 months overall including End Point assessment.

You will also achieve Functional Skills in Math’s and English at level 1 (if you have not already achieved C+ or a Grade 4+ in these disciplines)