Level 3 Heritage Engineering Technician – Specialist Engineering Apprenticeships

Have you ever wondered what a heritage engineer technician does? Or maybe you’ve never heard of this profession? Well protecting and preserving older structures is a taste of what you can expect. This can range from historic landmarks, vehicles, and infrastructure. To learn more about this unique profession read on.

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Job Role & Entry Requirements of a Heritage Engineer Technician

There are several specialities within this field. The main six are: Aviation, Marine, Steam (Mechanical Overhaul), Steam (Boiler-Smith), Vehicle Mechanical, and Vehicle Coach-building & Trim. There is a growing demand for specialists such as those listed. Therefore, it can offer a stable and secure career pathway.

The average length of an apprenticeship as a Heritage Engineer Technician is 42-28 months. Although this depends on previous experience and speciality. And as for compensation you can expect an entry level salary around £20,000. However, salaries can increase up to £40,000 or more. More experienced technicians are likely to achieve these higher salaries.

Entry requirements include a Level 2 English and Maths qualifications to be taken before end-point assessment. Or entry Level 3 English and Maths if you have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or legacy statement.

Key Responsibilities of a Heritage Engineer Technician

As mentioned Heritage Engineer Technicians play a vital role in preserving historical architecture and landmarks. They do this by carrying out different processes of assessment and treatment. This lets them address physical problems within structures.

An important part of the role is making sure people near the structure are safe. Heritage Engineer Technicians also need to follow various rules and regulations. This ensures they consider other people, the structures themselves, and the environment.

As a Heritage Engineer Technician you can expect to work on lots of different things. From vintage cars, machinery or castles, it can vary greatly. Working on parts of UK history is essential to maintain the country’s heritage. You’ll be preserving history for future generations.

This role might suit you if you enjoy problem solving, conservation and collaboration. More importantly, this can be a fulfilling career if you have a passion for preserving heritage assets.

Core Duties of a Heritage Engineer Technician

  • Work on surviving heritage sites or artefacts, of strong historical value.
  • Identify site hazards and potential dangers.
  • Apply best practices and comply with relevant regulations.
  • Work to meet client deadlines and budgets.
  • Conduct research to understand more about historical artefacts. They usually have no supporting documentation.
  • Diagnose damage that is fixable or beyond repair.
  • Conduct surveys to assess safety.
  • Conduct assessments to ensure building components are fit for purpose.
  • Use reverse engineering techniques. This can help them imagine the initial construction process of artefacts.
  • Document the repair process, through photos and notes.
  • Work alongside other professions, such as architects.
  • Specialised skills. For example, masonry and carpentry.
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Essential Heritage Engineer Technician Knowledge

  • Health & Safety regulations.
  • Historical architecture.
  • Engineering principles, and how to apply them.
  • Common problems that arise during restorations or renovations.
  • Application of appropriate life-cycle approaches to each project.
  • Supply Chain Management.
  • Understanding of traditional methods & materials used in construction.
  • How to identify and treat forms of ageing. This includes erosion, rust, weathering and corrosion.
  • Non Destructive Testing methods.
  • Sustainable practices.


In conclusion working as a Heritage Engineering Technician can be a rewarding and satisfying profession. In particular this field offers an interesting combination of engineering skills and historical knowledge.

Not only do apprenticeships give you the chance to ‘earn while you learn’, they’re also highly relevant for practical professions. Therefore, they are a great form of training for a Heritage Engineer Technician, whose role is largely hands-on. As such with the Level 3 qualification you can jump start your career with confidence in your ability to do your job.

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Level 6: Space Systems Engineering Apprenticeship

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Learn more about an exciting journey into space engineering with the Level 6 Space Systems Engineering Apprenticeship. With this program you can play a key role in designing, manufacturing, and testing advanced space equipment and ground support systems. Read on to find out more about the roles and responsibilities, progression routes and assessment methods for this apprenticeship. 

  • Contents:
  • Job summary
  • Job requirements
  • Duties
  • Progression Route
  • Assessment methods

Job Summary: Space Systems Engineering

This apprenticeship involves taking a leading role in the design, manufacturing and testing of complex, high value space hardware and ground support equipment.

This occupation operates within the space industry, mainly in the early stages of spacecraft production known as ‘upstream’ manufacturing. The main tasks involve designing and creating spacecraft and their components. You are also responsible for producing, operating, and maintaining specialised ground support equipment. This equipment is crucial for facilitating the development and testing of satellites and space technologies before their launch.

Space Systems Engineers are knowledgeable in engineering fields and mechanical disciplines. While you may have a broad understanding of these areas, you can typically specialise in one or more specific areas. 

Job Requirements

Space Systems Engineers work in secure and controlled environments, workshops and development areas. You may have to work at ground level and high level on walkways, and can also work in regular offices. These environments can involve working with high vacuum facilities and high pressure gas and fluid delivery systems. 

Their tasks include addressing customer and mission requirements, conducting research and development, providing technical support, and taking on leadership roles to ensure the successful execution of space-related projects. You are required to build and manage relationships with many stakeholders, such as project managers, engineering team members, technical specialists and other system engineers. You may also interact with external stakeholders like suppliers and customers.

You may have to carry out work in compliance with standards imposed by key customers such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) or the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS). It is also very important that you adhere to health and safety requirements and statutory regulations.

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Duties: Space Systems Engineering

Requirements and Design: Define requirements and develop design and verification methods for spacecraft subsystems, including power, propulsion, attitude control, communications, and thermal control.

Materials Selection: Choose suitable techniques, components, and materials for the mission’s unique environment, such as vacuum-compatible materials and radiation-resistant electronic components.

Engineering Support: Provide engineering assistance for mission-specific and research projects, contributing insights on factors like vibration test levels and data interpretation.

Mission Expertise: Offer expertise during the launch and early mission phases.

Integration and Testing: Provide technical leadership and support for integration and testing across a range of projects.

System Trade-offs: Perform trade-offs at the system level, coordinating inputs from various disciplines to evaluate solutions and design changes.

Requirements Management: Ensure all requirements are addressed during project reviews and milestones.

Test Planning: Develop test plans and procedures, compile test reports, and manage test data for subsystem and spacecraft designs.

Documentation Management: Oversee technical and project documentation for control, monitoring, verification, and reporting during space projects.

Project Support: Assist project managers in risk assessments, budget formulation, and scheduling.

Resource Oversight: Manage resource budgets and margins within the project, considering mass, power, and volume.

Technical Solutions: Identify technical solutions for project-specific designs, materials, and manufacturing processes.

Team Leadership: Lead technical teams within projects, including line management of team members.

Project Coordination: Contribute to project management by coordinating technical staff allocation and working with project managers and lead systems engineers to ensure successful project delivery

Example progression Route:

  • Aerospace Engineer (degree)
  • Aerospace software development engineer (degree)
  • Systems engineer (degree)
  • Post graduate engineer 

Assessment methods:

One piece of evidence will be a project with a report. The title and scope of this will be agreed at gateway. You will need to prepare and give a presentation to an assessor in a slide format, and any supporting documentation should be submitted at the same time. You will also be required to answer at least 5 questions about the project and presentation. The typical duration of this apprenticeship is 48 months. 


In conclusion, a Level 6 space systems engineer apprenticeship is a great opportunity for you to demonstrate technical expertise, design and analysis skills, project management as well as essential communication and collaboration skills.

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Level 2 Water Network Operative Apprenticeship

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Does the engineering and manufacturing industry interest you, but you’re not sure where to start? Are you looking to start a career in the utilities sector?

The Level 2 Water Network Operative apprenticeship is a role that can open the doors for you.

Based in the utilities sector, this job focuses on the clean and waste water industries of the UK. Most water network operatives only work in one side of the industry.

In accordance with the apprenticeship standard, it consists of core learning and one optional choice, so apprentices can choose between focusing on working towards a clean water network operative or a waste water network operative role.

Responsibilities of a water network operative

The main role of water network operatives is to construct, maintain, and repair the water network infrastructure. Employees are to provide a reliable supply and service to domestic, commercial, and industrial users. Clean water network operatives will be working in areas where there are main pipes, water supply pipes, stop taps, fire hydrants, and sluice valves, while waste water network operatives will be at industrial sites involving drains, sewers, chambers, interceptors, flow control devices, and storage tanks. However, for both roles, these tasks will vary between planned (construction) and reactive (emergency repairs). Because of this, employee shifts may go beyond the standard working day hours and go into night shifts. Employees will have to ensure all sites are safe for work, and where traffic may occur, it must be controlled. They will use a number of tools from handheld tools to powered equipment.

Although water network operatives are to be highly focused on their own work, they will be communicating with a number of colleagues daily to ensure smooth operation, sometimes working in small teams. This can involve industry managers, technicians, engineers, and delivery drivers. With no direct supervision, they will be solely responsible for their tasks, including reporting on all work done. In some cases, there may be communication with authorities, customers, and the general public.

For a starter, the salary can begin at £15,000 per year and then lead up to £27,000 with more experience (source). Career progression can lead to becoming a team supervisor, and then an engineering technician or water engineer with further training.

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Water pipe inspection

The Water Network Operative apprenticeship programme

The following duties will be taught and carried out by both types of water network operatives in their respective areas for water network infrastructure work over a course of 18 months:

  • Prepare to meet client/customer requirements and priorities
  • Conduct risk assessments
  • Set up and maintain sites
  • Excavate the site
  • Leave the site in a safe condition and ensure safe access to the property is maintained
  • Keep stakeholders informed of the current status of the work being carried out
  • Complete all work documentation, such as time-sheets and risk assessments
  • Look after all tools and equipment
  • Install/construct water network infrastructure. For example, the clean water industry will focus on main pipes and boundary meters, while the waste water industry will focus on gravity and pressurised.
  • Conduct repairs and restore functionality of the network
  • Respond to all emergencies and take action immediately – operatives to be on standby at all times
  • Apply and undertake any and all hygiene measures (such as sanitation)
  • Conduct chlorination activities (clean water network operatives only)

Apprentices will then go through an EPA (End-Point Assessment) by the end of the course.

  1. Firstly, the apprentice will undergo an observation with questions.
  2. An assessor will then look at the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence and discuss it through an interview with the apprentice.
  3. A multiple choice test shall be done by the apprentice.

Results will come to a fail, pass, or distinction, through an overall view of all assessments.

Level 2 Water Network Operative Apprenticeship Requirements

  • English and Maths qualifications (MANDATORY)


A water network operative apprenticeship can be a great way to enter the engineering and manufacturing industry, with over 12 months focusing on training on programme. It can be a stepping stone to becoming a technician or engineer. With a Level 2 qualification, it will give you access to higher level training. To search for the right course fit for you, visit the government website to begin, and follow ApprenticeTips on social media sites below to stay updated on the latest apprenticeship news.

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Sewage pipe installation

Level 3 Water Industry Network Technician

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Don’t want to sit behind a desk for work? Would you rather be out working in a variety of different locations gaining hands on experience in an engineering field? Well, this may be an apprenticeship for you. This level 3 water industry network technician will not only allow you to do the above but open the door to many possible career paths.

What is a water industry network technician?

A water industry network technician is someone who works within the water industry. They mainly work outdoors in all weather conditions on water or wastewater networks however, they may also need to go into customer premises or spend time in the office.

They may also have to drive between sites or locations so a driving licence will usually be required.

What does a water industry network technician do?

They are responsible for meeting quality, industry regulations, safety, security, and environmental requirements as well as the health and safety of others.

The main purpose of this occupation is to ensure the continuity and efficiency of water or wastewater industry network services. As this is the case there are 24-hour, seven days a week operations, which may require them to take standby duties and work shifts outside normal working hours.

As a water industry network technician, you will work with operatives and other technicians either as part of a team or by yourself. You would also engage with customers and members of the public and sometimes internal and external stakeholders.

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Potential roles within this apprenticeship

This is a core and option apprenticeship. This means that apprentices will be trained and assessed against the core and one of the below options:

Water distribution network technician:

Water distribution network technicians carry out planned and unplanned valving operations. They will visit customers to resolve water quality enquiries. This could include taking water samples and giving advice on water quality. Also, they will need to undertake and provide advice on water fittings and will need to consider the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations.

Water leakage technician:

Water leakage technicians use systems to identify potential and actual leaks and undertake or identify actions required to reduce the leakage. They will also assist in the repairs and maintenance of meters and loggers, whilst providing advice to customers on pipework ownership and responsibility relating to leakage.

A water distribution network technician and a water leakage technician must have a National Water Hygiene (Blue) card. This involves training, assessment, and a health screening.

Wastewater network technician:

Wastewater technicians respond to incidents and monitor the wastewater network resolving issues or identifying actions that are required. They carry out or supervise system maintenance activities such as high-pressure water jetting and de-silting operations. They will also undertake surveys such as CCTV camera work or use Sonde tracing equipment to assist with fault diagnosis.

Wastewater technicians must take account of the Environmental Quality Standards relating to planned and unplanned discharges.

What might some of your day-to-day tasks involve?

Each of the above 3 options breaks down into their own responsibilities and roles however some of the common roles that you will undertake across all three are:

  • Conduct customer visits and liaise with customers.
  • Investigate network complaints.
  • Complete surveys of street works and traffic management requirements then make necessary arrangements.
  • Contribute to network continuous improvement and optimisation projects.
  • Maintain network digital data and documentation.
  • Ensure the maintenance of technician’s tools and equipment.

Entry requirements and possible jobs for a level 3 water industry network technician

The entry requirements for this apprenticeship are typically, 3 to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or higher including English and mathematics, or equivalent qualifications.

After the completion of the learning stage in the apprenticeship, you will go through a process called EPA Gateway. This is when the End-point assessment organisation (EPAO) will check to confirm that all requirements have been achieved. If they have you will then be able to start the end point assessment (EPA).

The EPA requirements are:

  • Achieved English and mathematics qualifications in line with the above.
  • A submitted portfolio containing evidence of the work undertaken by the apprentice which will then be referred to in the interview.

The EPA consist of the following:

  • Being observed by an independent assessor for at least 6 hours whilst you complete your work. They will ask at least 5 questions during this time.
  • An interview up to 90 minuets long where you will be asked 10 questions. These questions will be around certain aspects of your work and will also be on the portfolio which would have been submitted at gateway.
  • Finally, you will complete a multiple-choice test that consists of 50 questions where there will be 90 minutes to complete it.

For some advice and tips on your EPA interview click here.

After you have finished your EPA you will then be given a grade and if you passed you will be qualified. After the apprenticeship has been completed you can then look to get a full time role in the water industry.

Some job roles are:

  • Water distribution network technician
  • Water field technician
  • Water recycling technician
  • Sewerage technician
  • Wastewater network technician


This Level 3 water industry network technician role is a great entry point for anyone looking to get into an engineering career within the water industry. You will gain valuable on the job experience whilst working towards completing your qualification with a bonus of earning while you learn.

There are multiple options that become available to you after this apprenticeship, these could be from the list of job opportunities that are available or even looking at completing a higher-level course to further your knowledge.

If you would like to find out any more information on engineering apprenticeships or apprenticeships in general then check out the other posts on ApprenticeTips.com here or if you would like to apply for any apprenticeships or see what other level 3 engineering apprenticeships are out there then check the government apprenticeship website here.

Level 4 Small Vessel Chief Engineer Apprenticeship

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Are you looking for an engineering career that combines technical expertise, hands-on experience and the thrill of the open seas? The Small Vessel Chief Engineer Apprenticeship might be right for you. Read on to find out more about this thrilling voyage of discovery and prepare to embark on a career that will take you to new horizons.

What does a Small Vessel Chief Engineer do?

A Small Vessel Chief Engineer is responsible for leading the day-to-day operation of the engineering functions of a small vessel both at sea and not at sea. They must prepare and check engineering systems, order stock and supplies and ready the vessel and systems for going to sea. When at sea, the engineer must monitor the engineering systems of the vessel and adjust certain parameters in order to maximise performance. They must also accurately diagnose faults and are responsible for conducting basic repairs and replacement of parts. The engineer must ensure that the vessel’s engine and other machinery is fully functional and maintained throughout the duration of the voyage. 

Once the vessel has returned from sea, the engineer must shut down the vessel and maintain operational availability. This means conducting checks to ensure that each part of the engine and other machinery is in good condition and working. They must also liaise with repair contractors, keep records and reporting as well as prepare for statutory surveys and dry dock. The role of a small vessel chief engineer is continuous.

It is also important to note that the engineer is a first responder to safety-related alarms and defects. This includes both when on duty and on emergency alarm call out. A Small Vessel Chief Engineer is required to act during emergencies.

What type of vessel can be worked on?

There are different types of vessels that the Small Vessel Chief Engineer may work on. As defined by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the eight categories of small vessels are:

  • Fishing vessels
  • Yachts
  • Tugs
  • Workboats
  • Standby vessels
  • Seismic survey vessels
  • Oceanographic research vessels
  • Government patrol vessels

Who does a Small Vessel Chief Engineer work with?

The small vessel chief engineer will report directly to the vessel’s Master, who has overall responsibility for the vessel. As well as the Master, the engineer will work with other officers and crew responsible for the navigation of the vessel. Depending on the size and nature of the vessel, they may work on their own or with a small team of engineers.

How much time does a Chief Engineer spend at sea?

It varies between different types of vessels and companies but typically a chief engineer will work for several weeks at a time on board, followed by a similar length of time on leave.

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Where can I find out more information?

You can visit the Government website here to find out more about the Small Vessel Chief Engineer Apprenticeship Level 4.

For a list of other Engineering Apprenticeships, visit our page here.

Level 2 Gas Network Operative

  • Level 2 Apprenticeship.
  • 24-month program.

This apprenticeship is within the utility sector, specifically in the gas transportation industry. Your primary objective will be to undertake the construction, maintenance, and repair of gas network infrastructure, thereby ensuring a dependable supply and service to domestic, commercial, and industrial users. The infrastructure for gas transportation encompasses a variety of components, such as mains and services operating at pressures below 7 bar, including excess flow valves, emergency control valves, pipes, network valves, top tee, and encirclement fittings, as well as branch saddles.

What responsibilities will I have?

You will have multiple responsibilities, but your main one would be to guarantee the safety of both the work site and the general public. This may involve implementing and managing traffic control measures. Furthermore, you will be responsible for carrying out site excavations and, upon completion of the job, restoring the site to a safe condition. To accomplish these tasks effectively, operatives employ a diverse range of equipment, including powered machinery, hand tools, and plant equipment such as diggers, rollers, and forklifts.

Who will I be working with?

In this captivating role, you will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of individuals, from esteemed colleagues to valued clients. As you go about your daily work, you will interact with a dynamic network of professionals, including managers, network technicians, engineers, delivery drivers, reinstatement teams, and administration staff. Together, you will form a cohesive unit, working in harmony to achieve exceptional results.

Within small teams, typically consisting of one or two other skilled operatives, employees embrace autonomy and take ownership of their responsibilities. While they report to knowledgeable managers, they operate with a level of independence, allowing their expertise to shine. This collaborative environment fosters growth and innovation, as each member contributes their unique skills and perspectives to the collective success.

This occupation offers a dynamic and engaging work environment, as operatives are constantly faced with new challenges and opportunities for skill development. From troubleshooting complex issues to implementing innovative solutions, the role demands adaptability, problem-solving skills, and the ability to work effectively in a team. This combination of technical expertise and collaborative work makes it an exciting and fulfilling career choice for individuals interested in the utilities and infrastructure sectors.

What do I need to succeed?

Click here to view the list of knowledge, skills, and behaviours you’ll need to succeed in this role.

Please note, English and Maths qualifications are mandatory for completing the apprenticeship. Candidates cannot enter gateway without these. You must also have previously completed a Level 1 Gas Network Construction Operations.

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Level 3 Marine Electrician Apprenticeship

What is a Marine Electrician and what do they do?

  • It is part of the engineering and manufacturing sector within the marine industry. During and after the apprenticeship you may work for boat manufacturers, refit and repair boatyards, marinas and specialist marine electrical and marine electronic companies.
  • The broad purpose of the occupation is to conduct a wide range of marine electrical and electronic work operations. That includes the design and installation of marine assemblies and sub-assemblies.
  • In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with other marine electricians, line managers and a wide range of associated marine trades such as boat builders, marine engineers, stock control staff, and project managers.
  • They also interact with customers, suppliers, other technical staff, and regulatory and industry bodies (e.g. Lloyds Register, Maritime Coastguard Agency, Royal Institution of Naval Architects, and Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology).

Where can you work as a Marine Electrician?

  • Marine electricians’ work operations can be undertaken on boats in a workshop environment, on boats moored or stored outside on hard standing near the water, or in the water. They may also attend sea trials.
  • Marine electricians need to work safely and may work in confined spaces, on or near water, aloft, or at height.

Typical Job Titles

  • Marine electrical commissioning technician.
  • Marine electrical fitter.
  • Marine electrical technician.
  • Marine electronics installer.
  • Marine electronics technician.

Qualifications needed

English and Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Additional mandatory qualifications

  • City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance – all relevant units. (Level 2, Ofqual regulated)
  • City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Marine Electrical Engineering (Advanced) – with the exception of unit 312 learning outcome 5 which is integrated into the EPA (Level 3, Ofqual regulated)
  • British Marine Electrical Technician (BMET) (Level 2)
  • Marine Electronics Installer (MEI) (Level 2)
  • Very High Frequency (VHF) License. (Level 2)

The fascinating life of an Audiovisual Technician (Level 5)

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Are you a creative independent with a love for Audio and Visual equipment?

In a world dominated by digital experiences and multimedia presentations, the role of an Audiovisual technician has emerged, and it is a key attribute in delivering captivating sight and sound experiences.

If you have a passion for technology and love creating immersive visual and auditory worlds, becoming an Audiovisual technician may just be the apprenticeship role for you.

The fascinating world of an Audio Technician revolves around crafting seamless and immersive experiences, from video conferencing and software developing to galleries and events at stadiums or even working in a hospital, the role has endless paths and opportunities.

The art behind the role;

When it comes to Audiovisual hardware the toolkit of skills needed is extensive but sophisticated, consisting of, audio mixing desks, video cameras, public address systems, display screens, projectors, wireless microphone systems, recording devices, lighting systems, encoders/decoders, and network switchers. Having the skill to handle this range of equipment will enable you to orchestrate stunning visual displays and audio.

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The realm of Audiovisual software includes videoconferencing platforms, digital audio workstations, video editors, media servers, sound-reinforcement design/control, lighting design/control, and computer networking tools.

Integrated Audiovisual is where audiovisual technicians really shine, as they blend the hardware and software elements to meet unique specifications, tailored and unique setups that cater to specific requirements.

As versatile professionals Audiovisual Technicians adapt their working patterns to suit the context. Whether it is adhering to the standard office hours for a video conference or accommodating shift work to cater to events at the O2 Arena. Their dedication to delivering the best has no bounds as they know they are of importance in their field.

Your future

Now, let’s give you an idea of where you could be. By starting in the field as an Apprentice you are showing your skills of determination and independence and coupled with passion. This could get you your dream job. You could be the next Reinhold Mac, Queens Sound engineer. If you just have a love for music and love to hear the magic in your ears, come to life, this role could be perfect for you.

What we are looking for

This role gives you the opportunity to make the most out of your leadership skills as you will spend the days working collaboratively with your team members and communicating with your line manager, senior management, clients internally and externally, event organizers and performers. Depending on your clients this role can leave you working independently under minimal supervision! You will need to be able to take initiative and be a confident and effective communicator.

The benefits of being an Apprentice…

Now we know this must sound like a lot, and it is! During this Audiovisual Technician apprenticeship, you will receive personal guidance from experienced mentors. These mentors will share their expertise, giving you invaluable insights. And guess what! They know you are an apprentice. Whoever your mentor is (could be your line manager) will understand that this is the beginning of your career. Subsequently, they will understand that you are learning best practices from them! The mentor-apprentice relationship helps you to improve your skills, ensuring that you become competent and confident in your role.

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A few skills you may learn:

  • Integrate a projector and/or display as part of an audiovisual presentation!
  • Audio mixing; loudness, timbre, spatialisation, and channel management
  • Apply and problem solve video signal flow for live production.
  • Operate and program lighting control software/hardware.
  • Root cause analysis & problem solving
  • Collate, compare, and synthesise information from various sources.
  • Work collaboratively; Building and maintaining positive relationships with stakeholders.
  • Communicate technical concepts with clarity in person and in writing to end users of all skill levels and seniority.
  • Install, test, and commission relevant hardware.
  • Configure and manage remote participation systems.
  • Edit audio and video content.

What you’ll need to apply:

Qualifications in English and Math’s.

Apprentices without level 2 English and Math’s will need to achieve this level before taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and math’s minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.


The world of an Audiovisual technician is a dynamic and ever evolving world, they are the magicians behind the curtain, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. With their expertise, they transform ordinary spaces to transform ordinary spaces into immersive environments. The next time you experience a flawless videoconference or mesmerizing event. Remember that it could be you.

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What Is A Food & Drink Technical Operator? [Full Guide]

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You may be thinking, what is a food and drink technical operator? Within this article, we’ll discuss what a Level 3 Food and Technical Operator is, the day-to-day responsibilities of the role, key skills required, and how to apply.

What is a technical operator?

The purpose of a technical operator is to support the manufacture of quality food and drink products. They support the manufacture of products by conducting the manufacturing process, often using highly automated technology. They keep the process running through operating machinery, fault diagnosis and resolution, asset care, and performing basic maintenance. What this means is you could be involved in the production of the nation’s favourite snacks and beverages, like Coca-Cola or McVities biscuits!

What will my responsibilities look like?

  • Prepare and run the food and drink manufacturing line including hygienic practices, start-up, close-down, changeover, and handovers of the manufacturing process.
  • Monitor and record results of Critical Control Points in food and drink manufacturing.
  • Resolve any faults relating to the machinery, identifying the root cause and planning repair.
  • Assisting maintenance engineers by conducting mechanical maintenance- both preventative and reactive. This can include overhauls and repairs.
  • Conduct audits in line with food and drink industry standards.
  • Support projects, by trialling processes, new standard operating procedures, training others and sampling new products.
  • Develop and update risk assessments and operating procedures.
  • Complete documentation for traceability and accident reports.
  • Undertake quality assurance to ensure compliance with company/customer requirements.

This video from Coco-Cola NorthEast demonstrates what a day looks like for their machine operator and quality assurance technicians, which are duties you’ll undertake as a food and drink technical operator.

What skills are required for the role of technical operator?

To be a successful technical operator within the food and drink industry, it’s key to develop skills central to the role. These involve applying basic maintenance practices to the machinery and closely interpreting safety guidelines, food and drink production standard operating procedures, and quality assurance procedures.

You’ll want to have skills or develop your skills in applying fault finding to machines and using problem-solving skills to identify the issue. Identifying any potential hazards will also be important to control measures and mitigate any risks that may come up.

  • Prioritise and promote health and safety, and food safety.
  • Prioritise and promote the environment and sustainability.
  • Apply a professional approach.
  • Take responsibility for work.
  • Team-focus to meet work goals.
  • Respond and adapt to work demands.
  • Committed to Continued Professional Development.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

To apply, apprentices will need level 2 English and Maths to take the apprenticeship (equivalent to GCSEs). The course is over a 30-month period, so there may be an opportunity to get the required qualifications during this time if you haven’t already. Please get in touch with us if you require these qualifications, and we’ll provide you with tailored guidance on how to get there so you can succeed in your apprenticeship.

How and where can I apply?

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If you’re interested in discovering opportunities to become a Level 3 Food and Drink technical operator, we suggest keeping an eye out for vacancies advertised by the Food and Drink manufacturing giants like Nestlé, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, Mondelez and Associated British Foods. Jobs offered by these companies will provide you with great working benefits and fantastic career progression.

Still unsure?

If you’re still unsure if this is the right apprenticeship for you, you can discover more about the different apprenticeships available here, or browse some of our other apprenticeship-related articles in the Engineering & Manufacturing industry:

Become a Level 6 Project Controls Professional Apprentice

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Become a Level 6 Project Controls Professional Apprentice

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As industries develop in the modern society we live in, there are bow many different ways to get started on the career you want to embark. A level 6 Project Controls Professional apprenticeship in the field of engineering or manufacturing might be your ideal career pathway.

What is a Level 6 Project Controls Professional?

The level 6 project controls professional is a vital role found in engineering and manufacturing sectors, including energy, infrastructure, petrol-chemical, aerospace, pharmaceutical, and more.

They ensure the successful and safe delivery of complex projects from start to finish by analysing the technical information, developing coding structures, and providing recommendations for time, cost, and quality objectives.

Apprenticeship Journey through Engineering and Manufacturing

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Becoming a Level 6 Project Controls Professional involves a structured and rewarding apprenticeship journey through engineering and manufacturing sectors. Here’s a step by step guide to embark on this exciting career path:

  1. Have an education foundation. You can begin your journey after completing secondary school, with strong emphasis on mathematics, physics, and engineering-related subjects. A solid education foundation will prepare you for advanced studies in the field.
  2. Seek apprenticeships within reputable engineering or manufacturing companies. Here you will gain valuable hands on experience, while working alongside experienced professionals on real projects. your apprenticeship will expose you to various aspects of project management, cost control, and risk assessment, laying the groundwork for your future career
  3. As your apprenticeship progresses, consider focusing on a specific engineering or manufacturing discipline that aligns with your interests and strengths and will help you achieve your career goals. Specialisation areas may include civil engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace manufacturing, or electronic manufacturing
  4. As you near the completion of your Level 6 Project Controls Professional apprenticeship, consider seeking professional accreditation from recognised bodies like the Association for Project Management (APM) or the Project Management Institution (PMI). These accreditation’s demonstrate your expertise and commitment to the profession.

Your path to success begins with you!

Through a well structured apprenticeship program, aspiring professionals, like yourself, can develop the necessary skills, experience, and expertise to excel in this rewarding role.

By combining the passion for engineering and manufacturing, you too, can become an invaluable asset to any organisation and leaving a lasting impact on the world of industry.