Systems Technician Apprenticeship (South West England)

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution

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Would you like to save lives at sea?

We are looking for a unique individual to join our Coastal Maintenance Team in the South and become an integral part of the team. This is an exciting opportunity to work and train with our System Technicians, to repair and maintain our fleet and ensure its availability 24/7, providing support to RNLI staff and volunteers across the South.

This highly motivated individual will undertake a four year engineering technician apprenticeship with the RNLI at the South Regional Base located in Saltash.

It will involve study at Falmouth Marine School, attending specific technical courses at the RNLI College in Poole and working alongside experienced technicians on all classes of lifeboat and associated plant throughout the South with occasional travel to other parts of the UK and Ireland.

You will learn about assembling, installing, repairing, modifying, diagnosing and maintaining different types of marine engines and associated drive systems. Additionally you will learn about electrical, electronic, hydraulic and auxiliary systems as installed in various classes of lifeboats. You will also experience work on our large fleet of launch equipment and lifeguard support equipment which includes patrol vehicles, jet-skis and quad bikes.

When not studying at college, the role often requires you to work away from home at lifeboat stations and other RNLI facilities. This can involve travelling significant distances and working away for up to five days at a time. You will need to consider this carefully as it is an integral part of the role and you must be committed to this pattern of working. You will work with an experienced technician and all subsistence expenses are covered.

To apply for this apprenticeship you will need to hold at least three GCSEs, Grade 4 or above, in Maths, English and Science. The salary structure is as follows: Year 1: £9,515, Year 2: £12,369, Year 3: £15,223, Year 4: £18,500


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