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Available opportunity

Mechanical and Electrical Technician Apprentice


£18,348 per year

Opportunity type


Available hours

40 hours per week

Closing date

Job Description

As a Trust apprentice, you will complete your apprenticeship training both on and off-the-job, including regular attendance at our chosen training provider. All college related travel costs are paid for by the Trust.

Whilst on-the-job, you will work with supportive colleagues to get the best out of your apprenticeship experience. We regularly arrange placements for you to build your portfolio, as well as opportunities to work on projects. This involves working across our network, so you may be working away from home. No two days are the same!

About the role

  • You will be assisting the local M&E team with the delivery of maintenance and repair works to mechanical & electrical structures, plant and equipment to protect and enhance the reputation of the network as a valued national asset. This will include carrying out reactive repairs, planned preventative maintenance, general works programme, and projects, including working on a wide range of assets such as bridges, locks, pump stations & construction sites
  • Comply with Canal & River Trust’s Health & Safety policy and defined standards, report incidents, accidents and near misses. Assist with point of work risk assessments and make adjustments to work methods where appropriate
  • Working outside, ensure that the customer experience is maximised by providing outstanding levels of customer service in accordance with defined standards. Promote Canal & River Trust by maintaining a professional approach at all times
  • Assist in the planning and preparation of all specific related tasks in terms of mechanical and electrical equipment, materials and plant resources
  • Assist the M&E team to ensure all mechanical and electrical equipment (PPE, plant, materials etc) are appropriate for the task
  • Support mechanical and electrical asset inspections. Identify and report any damage or incidents to M&E Supervisor or Engineers for inputting into SAP
  • Assist M&E Team to undertake key duties associated with the mechanical and electrical maintenance of the waterways
  • Ensuring that inclusion and diversity are integrated into all aspects of Trust life and promoting inclusion by challenging behaviour, practices, actions, or decisions that are counter to the objectives of the Trust
  • Displaying the Trust values and behaviours always

What skills and abilities do I need to have?

  • We look for candidates who live and breathe our values; Caring, Open, Local, Inclusive and Excellence and have a willingness to learn, enthusiasm and dedication. We are looking for potential
  • You should have an interest in fixing rather than throwing away and be someone who is not scared to take things apart and figure out how it works, with a view of putting it back together again (working where possible!)
  • Experience of using hand tools ranging from spanners and sockets, to drills and power tools is desirable (but don’t worry if you don’t have this!)
  • An understanding of basic electrical and mechanical principles taught at GCSE Physics would be advantageous, for example: electromagnets, current flow, ohms law, mechanisms, force, mass etc. (Again, don’t worry if you aren’t super familiar with this)

What qualifications do I need to have?

Ideally grade A-C or grade 9-4 in Maths, English and Science GCSE (or equivalent) already achieved or on target to achieve.

What qualifications or experience would potentially help me more?

  • An interest or connection to the waterways network
  • Grade A-C (or equivalent) in Physics would demonstrate a basic understanding of electrical and mechanical principles
  • Any other Mechanical and/or Electrical Experience, potentially through hobbies, work experience or volunteering