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Engineering Apprenticeship

About Boots

Boots is the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, with over 2,500 stores in the UK, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores. Boots has risen from humble beginnings to become the well-known and loved company it is today. Boots started their days as an herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 and has since become a modern global brand.

The importance of the placement
Now you’ve completed your GCSE’s, this is your chance to start your engineering career in our world-class facilities at Walgreens Boots Alliance. On this exciting programme you’ll have the opportunity to develop practical skills with one of the region’s largest employers whilst carrying on with your education.

We’re offering a 4 year apprenticeship programme within our state of the art automated warehousing and distribution facilities at Boots. Here you will experience how our team of engineers focus on the highest level of site services and maintenance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

As an apprentice engineer at Boots you will gain the skills required to maintain an automated operation to world class standards of equipment performance and reliability through planned preventative maintenance, continuous improvement, reactive fault finding and root cause analysis.

The role requires both an electrical and mechanical skill base to be developed, this allows all engineers to work across the full range of equipment on site, experiencing all levels of engineering maintenance.


What you’ll be doing on your placement
In your first year, you will be studying at college full time building a set of core engineering skills that lay the foundation for your future career whilst maintaining a link into Boots during the holidays to keep connected to us.

In years 2-4 you will continue to grow your broad range of practical electrical and mechanical experience in the Engineering Department working as part of a 7 man team carrying out planned maintenance, reactive fault finding and project work across the whole range of automation equipment including order picking cranes, pallet lifts, pallet transfer cars and conveyor networks. This tailored learning experience will include our comprehensive internal training packages which will enable you to gain an NVQ level 3 qualification. Whilst your helping to maintain our world class automation system you will also continue your studies on day release at college ultimately leading to a level 4 HNC qualification at the end of the 4th year.

What you’ll need to have achieved or on track to achieve:

  • GCSEs at grades C/ Grade 4 or above, including Maths, English and Science
  • Functional Skills at level 2 in Maths and English

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Will be aged 16+ when they join us in September 2019
  • Is able to work using their own initiative but is also able to work as a team
  • Feels confident working in fast paced environments
  • Is able to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels.
  • Has curiosity and about how things work and how to fix them.
  • Demonstrates logical and analytical thinking and be able to demonstrate good dexterity and attention to detail.  
  • Is able to organise themselves accordingly to enable to meet deadlines.


To find out more about this programme and to apply please click on the Apply button below

Engineering Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships, Advanced Apprenticeship

Published on 23 Jul 2019