Mechanical & Electrical Technician Apprentice

  • Company: Canal & River Trust
  • Location: Nottingham
  • Closing Date: 21-08-2022


Advertised Salary: £18,348


  • Sheetstores, Nottingham, NG10 1AU

Who are we?

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.

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

Join us and you’ll be caring for your environment as well as your community, helping make life better by water for everyone. Every day.


About the Apprenticeship

Our apprentices complete a Land-Based Service Engineering Technician Apprenticeship. Details of the apprenticeship can be found here:

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!

Find out more about our opportunities here:

After the Apprenticeship

We are fully committed to support all of our apprentices during their training. We truly value their contribution to the Trust and plan our recruitment to match progression opportunities. Once the apprenticeship is completed and your work on site is to a satisfactory level, we aim to offer ongoing employment opportunities with us.

Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

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.

  • 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 Workboat and Plant 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 Workboat and Plant Supervisor or Technicians for inputting into SAP.
  • Assist Workboat and Plant Team to undertake key duties associated with the mechanical and electrical maintenance of the Trusts Plant and Craft
  • 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.

How do I apply?

Please click to apply and complete the application form fully – there is no need to submit a CV.

It is very important that you make use of the Personal Statement section of our application form and tell us all about your motivations & interest, any transferable experience and why you want to come and work for the Canal & River Trust.

What We Offer

In addition to our competitive apprenticeship wage, we can offer;

  • High quality qualifications including training on top of the apprenticeship.
  • Fantastic experience with hands-on training giving you a real chance to put your skills into practice. and helping you to gain more confidence in a supportive working environment.
  • Opportunities to take part in exciting projects around England and Wales.
  • The chance to meet other apprentices, making friends for life.
  • Disability Confident and Time to Change (mental health support) Employer.

Inclusive and supportive employer

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 and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community.

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.

Our aim is, at all times, to care for our people, and earn the confidence, trust and advocacy of our customers, partners, and those in the communities in which we work. We pride ourselves on, and are committed to, a workplace that reflects our values, embraces diversity, and enhances our reputation as a responsible and trusted custodian of the waterways in our care.

Read more about our commitment to diversity here (

Apply now or contact student support if you need assistance with your application, we’re here to help!