Technical Engineering Apprentice - Prudhoe, NEWCASTLE - SEPTEMBER 2020 START

Apply From: 12th of May 2020
Application Deadline: 30th of May 2020
Start Date: 1st of September 2020

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Are you curious to understand how things work? Do you like fixing things? Are you good at problem solving with strong mathematical skills? If so, our Technical Engineering Apprenticeship may be just for you.

About the role

Our paper mill in Prudhoe contains a vast array of machinery and equipment and is home to two paper machines, seven converting lines, a fibre recycling plant and an international distribution centre.

On site we manufacture tissue paper through our paper machines which are larger than a jumbo jet, the machine speed is faster than the motorway speed limit, and the process involves recycling paper, water and energy. Converting lines turn the tissue paper into the finished product for onward despatch to a variety of customers. The site runs 24/7. Key to its success is that the machinery is well maintained and reliable. Innovation and sustainability are important to us. Continuous improvement creates projects that you may have the opportunity to be part of as an apprentice.

Our technical engineering apprenticeship will over a five-year period equip you with the skills to reach the level of skilled shift operations maintenance technician and allow you to contribute to the continued success of the business.

Essity offers the opportunity for you to join a local company that is part of a global business which embraces both innovation and diversity with the goal of making a difference to people’s lives. We manufacture many leading tissue brands – such as Cushelle, Velvet, Plenty and Tork.

What you will do

You will develop your skills through a mix of on-the-job training as well as gaining formal qualifications through college attendance.  Whilst at work you will be putting your learnings into practice, working with an experienced and friendly team who are keen to support you.

This advanced apprenticeship programme will initially focus on both electrical and mechanical engineering. After five years you should be equipped with the knowledge and experience to be appointed to a role as a shift operations maintenance technician.

You will obtain a nationally recognised apprenticeship as a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician. As part of this apprenticeship you will study for a BTEC Level 3 Diploma (either mechanical or electrical). If you demonstrate the right level of knowledge growth and commitment during your apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to study for a Level 4 HNC Engineering (Electrical or Mechanical) qualification in the final two years.

In the first year of the apprenticeship you will attend college full time with on-site work placements at regular intervals. In years two to five you will work Monday to Friday on site which will include a day per week at our partner college, Gateshead College.

This is a fantastic opportunity to earn while you learn.

Who are you?

We would love to hear from you if you have;

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grades 5 / C including maths (at grade 6/B), English and a science (essential),
  • Strong IT literacy with a working knowledge of Microsoft office products
  • The ability to work well under pressure ensuring deadlines are met and outcomes monitored
  • A logical and methodical approach to problem solving
  • Strong communication skills – both verbal and written
  • A flexible but solutions focussed approach
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Key to success for this apprenticeship is to have the ability to balance time between studies and work to ensure success in both.

What we can offer you

In return we offer an excellent salary, plus competitive pension scheme, holidays, healthcare provision and bonus opportunity.

We’re looking for people who embody our values, aren’t afraid to challenge, innovate, experiment, and move at a fast pace. We’re always looking for ways to improve our products and ourselves. So, if you have a passion for understanding how things work and are looking to secure a strong step into an industry which will provide you with many future career opportunities, we’d love to hear from you.


We will shortlist your application based on you meeting the academic criteria, together with demonstrating how you meet the behaviours that are important to us.

For those shortlisted, initial screening will take place by telephone and on line, final stage assessment centres will be held on site.

Please check your emails frequently following application as we will communicate with you via email on next steps.

If successful, your start date will be September 2020.

More About Prudhoe Mill, Newcastle

Prudhoe paper mill is located just off the A695 in Northumberland making it accessible from many areas within the region. We have a large free staff car park and are close to public transport. The site houses, two paper machines, seven converting lines a recycling plant together with an international distribution centre. Products manufactured on site are for the consumer goods market with Cushelle and Velvet being two of the leading brands made.

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