Apprentice Engineering Operative (Mechanical Manufacture) - Alitex Ltd

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Job Summary

Location: Petersfield GU31 5RG
Salary per week: £252.00
Working hours: Monday - Thursday 07:30 - 16:30, Friday 07:30 - 14:00 (37.5 hours per week)
Applications in by: 30/06/2020
Interview Date: 13/07/2020
Job Code: EP34007

An exciting opportunity in a hands-on working environment learning to operate machinery, manufacture mechanical assemblies and finish parts ready for painting. The role has a strong focus on building structural components for our world renown glass houses. You will have a flexible teamworking approach to work allowing us to achieve our goals

Alitex is a family business which started in 1952 by the Hall family, we believe in creating the very best looking Victorian glasshouses that are functional havens for plants and people. Alitex is in the fortunate position of having a healthy balance sheet allowing continued investment in the people, processes, research and development. Alitex are proud to be a British manufacturing success story. All of our glasshouses are designed and manufactured in the UK.
We have a strong history of recruiting and developing apprentices, we have engineering apprentices working in our machining and design areas. We want you to be part of our success story.

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Duties will include:

  • 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 mechanical 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 a beautiful rural location in South Harting, 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

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

  • 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)

Skills required:

  • 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
  • Company Pension (after qualifying period)
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Overtime available
  • Become part of successful business

Future Prospects:

  • Progression routes within the company for the right candidate
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Overtime available

Application questions:

  • What will make you stand out from the other candidates?
  • Tell us about a time when you have undertaken a task that you were proud of your contribution?

Applications in by: 30/06/2020
Interview Date: 13/07/2020
Job Code: EP34007

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