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Apprentice Engineering Operator

Welsh Government
Hydro Aluminium Deeside Ltd Bridge Road Wrexham Industrial Estate LL13 9PS
£15,000 per annum in year 1. £18,600 in year 2.
Closing date
19 May 2022

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Advanced
Start Date
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Job Details

About the apprenticeship


Carrying out electrical and mechanical planned maintenance tasks.
Fault finding, responding to breakdowns and efficiently rectifying electrical and mechanical systems involving PLC control.
Sourcing parts and materials from suppliers, along with managing the technical administration of parts.
Conducting continuous machine observation and measurement, identifying and rectifying potential issues.
Developing preventative maintenance tasks by utilising manuals, failure history, and fully understanding the design and operation of equipment.
Driving & operating a range of vehicles & machinery (FLT, side-loader, load shovels, overhead crane), for which training will be given.

Additional information

Hours of work will be 7am-7pm for 2 days followed by 7pm-7am for 2 nights and then 4 days off. Each shift includes a 30 minute paid break. On a rotation basis you will also be seconded into the maintenance days team working Monday - Friday. During the apprenticeship you will be attending college one day per week during term time.



Enthusiasm for engineering
Mechanical aptitude and methodical approach to tasks
Superb communication and team working skills
Self-motivation and excellent problem-solving skills


Already completed Level 2 PEO or Enhanced Engineering Programme
GCSE Grade A* to C in Maths and English or equivalent (Level 2)


Welsh Spoken Skills: No Welsh Written Skills: No

Course details

Level 3 Engineered Systems/Maintenance (electrical bias)

About the employer

Hydro Aluminium Deeside Ltd Bridge Road
Wrexham Industrial Estate

LL13 9PS

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

In person at Wrexham site. Will include site tour.


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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