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Engineering Apprentice

Welsh Government
Finsbury Food Maes-Y-Coed Rd Cardiff Vale of Glamorgan CF14 4XR
National minimum wage
Closing date
16 Aug 2022

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Advanced
Start Date
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About the apprenticeship


• To carry out maintenance work with due diligence and in compliance with Food Safety, Health & Safety and legal and quality systems.
• To report/ escalate to all parties on equipment/ process performance as and when required in line with department and site needs.
• Observing, learning and understanding a wide range of engineering skills and processes while under the instruction of skilled technical staff.
• To develop the skills to construct or modify apparatus and instruments from verbal instructions and drawings, for research, teaching and student projects, to a high degree of precision.
• To learn how to maintain workshop equipment and to keep it in good repair.
• To maintain and to ensure general good housekeeping of the workplace and production areas in a manner consistent with the high standards required in a food production environment.
• To deal with any unscheduled and emergency maintenance work, including all fault finding and necessary repair and striving to identify the root cause in each occasion.
• Identification of improvements that can be made to production lines or individual pieces of equipment in order to improve efficiencies and throughputs, and look to engineer out unnecessary costs from the business.
• Attend appointed training agency and any additional training courses deemed necessary by the company.
• Successful completion of academic studies and vocational training highlighting any issues early on.



Skills & Knowledge:
• Educated to GCSE standard (to include Mathematics and English) Minimum 5 GCSEs required.
• Basic engineering practical ability and interest.
• Good general process and product knowledge and mechanical awareness.
• Understanding of the engineering team goals.
• Awareness of all relevant aspects of Health & Safety and environmental issues.

• Strong communication skills and good social skills, gets on well with people.
• Good work ethic is essential as is reliability and commitment to the company.
• Have pride in your work and add complete a task from start to finish.
• Be motivated and proactive, a self-starter that wants to be involved and develop in your role


• Educated to GCSE standard (to include Mathematics and English) Minimum 5 GCSEs required.


Welsh Spoken Skills: No Welsh Written Skills: No

Course details

Training provider:

Engineering Apprenticeship

About the employer

Finsbury Food
Maes-Y-Coed Rd
Vale of Glamorgan
CF14 4XR

Disability confident

No, we are not part of the Disability Confident Scheme from the UK Department for Work and Pensions.

Please note that all apprenticeships are open to everyone. However, some organisations have worked to achieve Disability Confident accreditation. You should always apply for the apprenticeship you feel best suited to.

Interview arrangements

Aptitude test at the college followed by an interview at Finsbury Foods


Why an apprenticeship?

As an apprentice you will earn while you train. It’s a great career choice whether you are leaving school or college, returning to work after starting a family or looking for a new career. There’s a wide range of jobs on offer.  A job at the Welsh Government is unlike any other in Wales.

At the Welsh Government you’ll be given support and guidance so you can develop your skills in the workplace. You will also need to set aside time to study for your apprenticeship. You’ll be a valued member of the team from day one.

What apprenticeships are available?

We don’t currently have any apprenticeship opportunities open as we have now closed our scheme for 2019. If you’d like to keep updated on the vacancies that we’re advertising, you may want to visit our jobs board:  Welsh Government External Vacancies Board.

If you’d like to receive Job Alert e-mails that let you know when we’re advertising a role that suits your preferences, scroll to the bottom of the jobs board, and you’ll see the ‘Create Job Alert’ link.  Click this, and follow the on-screen instructions to set up your alerts.  You’ll need to log in or create an account as part of this process.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you:

  • will be at least 16 years of age at the time of making your application
  • will not be in full-time education (you can apply while still attending school/college/university but will have finished or intend to finish your studies by the time your apprenticeship starts)
  • will need to meet the Civil Service Nationality requirements to apply.

ALS eligibility

Please note that ALS our training providers have their own eligibility in order to provide the funding required to undertake an apprenticeship. You may not be eligible to apply if:

  • you already hold a qualification at Level 3 or above in ICT, Software, Web and Telecoms or a similar subject
  • you already hold a qualification at Level 3 or above in Business Administration, Customer Service or a similar subject

What are the benefits?  

How much will I be paid?

You will earn £19,240 a year while training. When you pass your apprenticeship you can apply for a permanent job at the Welsh Government. Within 2 years of starting your apprenticeship you could be earning £22,500. 

You will get 31 days holidays as well as 10 public and privilege days. We offer flexible working arrangements to help you get the right work/life balance. You will also be eligible for membership of the Civil Service Pension Scheme

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