Mechanical & Electrical Technician Apprentice, Land Based Engineering

  • Company: Canal & River Trust
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Closing Date: 01-07-2022

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We are 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. It takes an extraordinary team to bring our waterways to life and that’s where you come in.

About the Apprenticeship

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.

About the role

You will be assisting the local Workboat and Plant team with the delivery of maintenance and repair works to the Trust’s wide array of plant and equipment, including but not limited to workboats, cranes and excavators. You will be carrying out varied tasks such as mechanical and electrical works, hydraulics, fabrication and welding, 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.

What skills and abilities do I need to have?

  • 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.


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Advertised Salary: £18,348

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