Canal & River Trust

  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Apprentice

    Job Locations UK-London
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Asset Improvement
    Advertised Salary
    £15,800 + Inner London Allowance
  • Job Purpose

    We're the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water.


    Every role across the Trust plays it's part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.


    As part of our commitment to the long term maintenance and restoration of the waterways, we are looking to recruit a Mechanical & Electrical Apprentice.

    As an apprentice, you will learn specialist skills in both a classroom and practical setting. Upon completion, you will be considered for any progression job vacancies to continue your career with the Canal & River Trust.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    • 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 waterway.

    What skills and abilities do I need to already have?
    An interest in fixing rather than throwing away, 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!). Use of handtools ranging from spanners and sockets, to drills and power tools. An understanding of basic electrical principles taught at GCSE Physics would be advantageous, for example: electro magnets, current flow, ohms law.


    What skills should I be keen to develop?
    Electrical/electronic knowledge, hydraulic principles, safety standards, fault finding and diagnosis skills.


    What qualifications or experience do I need to already have?
    Basic level of fault diagnosis, examples could include push bike repair, computer repair, household appliance repair etc. A-C Maths & English desirable but not mandatory for the right candidate.

    What qualifications or experience would potentially help me more?

    • Grade A-C in maths and English GCSE or equivalent (can be completed as part of the apprenticeship if you haven’t already achieved this)
    • An interest or connection to the waterways network
    • Grade A-C in Physics would demonstrate a basic understanding of electrical Principles
    • Any other Mechanical and/or Electrical Experience, potentially through hobbies or work experience

    What We Offer

    In addition to your Apprenticeship salary progression, we have many other valuable benefits available to employees, these can be found here In addition to those you will have a wonderful opportunity as a Trust Apprentice to;


    • Learn some pretty unique skills and build your own specialist technical toolkit for the future
    • Learn from some of the best specialists around


    At the Trust we care passionately for our waterways, and as importantly, for those who look after and use them. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do as a Trust.


    We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of. All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. 


    To Apply:

    Click Apply. Complete your Applicant Profile and ensure that you complete our Application Form (required). You are not required to submit a CV, but you must submit an Application Form.   Top Tip - Only complete work experience section of application form if you have any.  Please make sure you complete the Personal Statement section of our application form & explain why you would like to work at the Canal & River Trust.


    Should we receive a sufficient number of applications. The vacancy may be closed to applications earlier than the date on the website. So we encourage you to submit your application at the earliest point. 


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