Philips Mould Tool Service Engineer Apprenticeship in Glemsford, United Kingdom

Philips AVENT, a world-class manufacturing site on the Essex-Suffolk border produces baby bottles and accessories for distribution globally. Apprenticeships are an opportunity to bring in talented individuals to support the future growth of our business.

As a Toolroom Technician Apprentice, you will support Engineering and Production colleagues to ensure the effectiveness of all moulds and tooling and equipment across site. You will develop the specialist skills, knowledge and experience to enable you fault find during breakdowns, plan and undertake preventative maintenance and routinely service the wide variety of different moulds used throughout site to produce our products using milling, grinding, turning and drilling techniques.

This is your opportunity to take your first steps into this interesting, challenging and rewarding profession with the opportunity to earn while you learn in-demand engineering skills within a world-class, advanced manufacturing organization.

In this role, you have the opportunity to

Philips AVENT is a world-class manufacturing site on the Essex-Suffolk border that produces baby bottles and accessories for distribution globally. Apprenticeships are an opportunity to bring in talented individuals to support the future growth of our business. We’re investing heavily, in both our people and in our technology. We’ve introduced major new product lines costing over £40m in recent years to support the ongoing increases in demand for our products globally.

As a Mould Tool Service Engineer, you will support Engineering and Production colleagues to ensure the effectiveness of all moulds, tooling and equipment across site. You will develop the specialist skills, knowledge and experience to enable you fault find during breakdowns, plan and undertake preventative maintenance and routinely service the wide variety of different moulds used throughout site to produce our products using milling, grinding, turning and drilling techniques.

This is your opportunity to take your first steps into this interesting, challenging and rewarding profession with the opportunity to earn while you learn in-demand engineering skills within a world-class, advanced manufacturing organisation.

What will happen during my apprenticeship?

The Philips AVENT Advanced apprenticeship is a 4 year programme, which is structured as follows:

Year 1 : You will receive a comprehensive introduction to basic engineering principles and the work of the Toolroom, including:

  • Instruction in the safe operation of Toolroom Machine Tools, including CNC Milling, Turning, Grinding and Drilling techniques, as well as creating manual programmes for operation of these machines.

  • An introduction to reading technical tool drawings and using measuring tools to prepare for jobs.

  • Secondments to different departments (e.g. Quality, Demand Planning) to build your understanding of our business and of the role of the Toolroom on site.

  • You will study basic engineering skills at college through day release.

Year 2 : You will continue to develop the skills learned in your first year through your work, which will include:

  • Developing your understanding of moulding and polymer processing through training with specialist providers and our on-site subject matter experts.

  • Carrying out a wide range of servicing and breakdown repair activities with support, enabling you to contribute to the successful running of the business.

  • Continuing to develop your knowledge of engineering through attendance and completion of modules at college, on day release.

Years 3 & 4 : In the final two years of your apprenticeship, you will consolidate your skills and knowledge through your work on breakdowns and routine mould servicing:

  • You will develop an understanding of Tool Fault Finding to enable you to attend breakdowns and successfully resolve issues independently.

  • You will work on the introduction of a new product for manufacture to provide you with an insight into the role of the Toolroom in this process.

  • You will develop your understanding of the principles of tool design using computer aided design (CAD) applications.

  • You will continue your studies at college, moving on to a Level 3 qualifications which you will also study on day release. During these years you will be supported to complete the development of a portfolio of work as part of your preparations for your end-point assessment.

  • Your end point assessment will take place within 6 months of the completion of your apprenticeship.

Future prospects

In the last 12 months of your apprenticeship will be supported to apply for permanent Toolroom Technician roles within the business. You would continue to receive appropriate training and development opportunities to support you in your career aspirations.

Training provided and Benefits

  • We offer a comprehensive training and development programme which consists of day release at college and four days on site working with the Toolroom team.

  • You will study towards relevant Level 2 & 3 engineering qualifications with our training provider, West Suffolk College at their Bury St Edmunds campus.

  • Throughout your time as an apprentice you will be supported by your Line Manager, a ‘Buddy’ and a Mentor within the business.

  • You will receive training in LEAN manufacturing tools and techniques.

  • Philips offers 25 days holiday in addition to normal holidays as well as a wide variety of flexible benefits that you can choose, including BUPA Healthcare, Pension and Medical Insurance, Buying or Selling Holiday, Critical and Illness insurance (for partners), Cinema Pass and Restaurant discount card.

Working hours

In the first two years of your apprenticeship, you will work 08.00 – 17.00, Monday – Friday.

In your third and fourth years you will work 2 rotating shifts, Monday – Friday, also known as ‘double-days’ (06.00 – 14.00 one week, followed by 14.00 – 22.00 the next week).

To succeed in this role, you should have the following qualifications:

Essential;

  • GCSE or equivalent Maths at grade B (6) or above.

  • A total of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A* - C (9-5), including English, Maths, IT and at least one Science subject.

  • Good timekeeping, a willingness to listen and learn, and a passion for engineering are key to success in this role. In addition, the successful candidate will:

  • Possess a good eye for detail and hold yourself to high standards in terms of the quality of your work.

  • Be effective working as part of a team or independently; we are looking for someone who is a team player/leader

  • Communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally (over the phone or face to face); be willing to ask questions and raise issues

  • Good PC skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint

  • Technically minded with a methodical approach to problem solving

  • Be diligent in their approach to academic study and willing to undertake some study in their own time to achieve exceptional results

  • Ambitious – driven to succeed with the ability to learn from your experiences

  • Take a positive, can-do attitude to challenges

You must be able to drive/have your own transport to enable travel to site and the training provider.

As the apprenticeship will be funded via the Apprenticeship Levy, candidates will be required to have the right to work in the UK .

Desirable:

  • The ideal candidate will already hold a Level 2 Engineering qualification (BTEC or equivalent), or Engineering GCSE.

  • AS or A-Levels in Maths, Science or Information Technology related subjects.

In return, we offer you

  • A comprehensive training and development programme which consists of day release at college and four days on site working with the Toolroom team.

  • You will study towards a level 3 engineering qualifications with our accredited training provider.

  • Throughout your time as an apprentice you will be supported by your Line Manager, a ‘Buddy’ and a Mentor within the business.

  • You will receive training in LEAN manufacturing tools and techniques.

  • In addition to a competitive salary, Philips offers 25 days holiday in addition to bank holidays as well as a competitive and flexible benefits scheme.

Why should you join Philips?

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on improving 3 billion lives a year by delivering innovative solutions across the health continuum at http://www.philips.com/b-dam/corporate/corporateblog/2016/PhilipsChronicDisease_5.jpg . Our people experience a variety of unexpected moments when their lives and careers come together in meaningful ways.

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