Apprenticeship information

Location Industry Salary Posted on Closing date
CowesEngineering£4.00 per hourWed, 06 March 2019Fri, 29 March 2019

Here at Isle of Wight College we work with a number of employers, in a vast array of industries. A fantastic opportunity has arisen to work for Tropical Engineering as an Apprentice Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer.

If you have itchy feet to get out of the classroom and into the world of work, or you just want to gain valuable skills to take on the career you dream about, then now is your chance! You can learn on the job within a supportive environment, achieving a recognised qualification and most importantly hands on experience.

This is a unique opportunity for an Apprentice Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer to join Tropical Engineering, undertaking an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering, or an Advanced Apprenticeship option for anyone who has already completed a level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.

Tropical Engineering are specialists in manufacturing high quality carbon fibre and composite products. Based in Cowes Isle of Wight, Tropical Engineering can cater to your every need, whether it be from an existing design or from our in house concept design and engineering, you can count on Tropical Engineering’s many years of experience and professional working methods to deliver you the highest quality products.

The role is working as part of a team at Tropical Engineering, manufacturing, assembling and fitting a wide range of parts using a range of materials including metals and composites.

If you are committed to learning and forging a career within this industry and with this company then this could be the role for you.

The successful candidate will undertake a wide range of tasks including:

·         Assembling complex manufactured parts

·         Producing complex composites parts (mainly pre-preg)

·         Supporting engineers

·         Keeping the workshop tidy

·         Using tools

Skills Required:

·         Ability to listen and take clear instruction

·         Demonstrate competence using hand tools

·         Reliable

·         Honest

·         Enthusiastic

·         Good IT Skills

Personal Qualities:

·         Good time keeper

·         Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative

·         Keen to learn

Apprenticeship Framework

A full Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship to include:

Diploma in Composites Engineering
Functional Skills in maths, English and ICT
An Advanced Apprenticeship is an option for anyone who has already completed a level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

Qualifications Required   

GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English, or an equivalent qualification is essential for this position

Working Week

·         Approximately 37 hours per week

·         Normally starting at 08:30 and finishing at 17:30 with 1 hour lunch. Finish at 13:00 on Fridays

·         One day weekly attendance at Cecamm from September 2019

·         There is a requirement to complete 20% off the job training, College attendance will contribute but time spent either learning something new, other courses or any support work that is not in your usual role will also be counted

Weekly Wage

·         £4.00 per hour to start

Apprentices are also entitled to a discounted bus pass to support with travel costs. This role is based in an engineering workshop in Cowes and you will be required to make your way to and from work independently. 

The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.90 per hour. This applies to 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. For more information visit:

Once qualified, there may be an opportunity to progress to a permanent role within the business, dependent on suitability and opportunity at that time.

So, if this sounds like the next, or indeed first step you want to take with your career, then please apply below with a cover letter telling us why you feel you would be the ideal person to take on this brilliant opportunity. Don’t forget to attach your latest CV too!!

There is a chance of travel outside of the UK in this position. If the successful applicant is into sailing there will be an opportunity to get involved in helping commission sail boats that they work through the parent company Diverse Yachts.


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