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Apprenticeships

  • Do you want to earn whilst you learn?
  • Do you want to be the future of Norbar?

An apprenticeship at Norbar will offer you the opportunity to gain a UK recognised qualification as part of a challenging and rewarding career.

We offer both advanced 4 year electronic and mechanical apprenticeships.

You will receive the best training, support and pay and benefits higher than the average as well as getting paid to learn and at the end of it a worthwhile career with us.

We only recruit people with the drive, enthusiasm and genuine interest in engineering that meet the entry requirements and can successfully get through the recruitment process.

Structure

We generally select our apprentices to attend Warwickshire College, Trident Centre, Leamington Spa who have an excellent reputation and have worked with us for the last 15 years.

We also work in partnership with Engineering Trust Training Ltd who will work between the college and Norbar to ensure that the right NVQ qualifications/units are selected and monitored.

Year 1

You will undertake a Performing Engineering Operations qualification (PEO) which consists of 3 units and a Technical Certificate (BTEC Level 3 Diploma).

You could also undertake Functional Skills which includes Employment Responsibilities and Rights and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Year 2

You will continue with your BTEC Level 3 Diploma on a day release basis and the rest of the week will be spent following a bespoke internal training plan. You will be entirely supported throughout by experienced staff, a mentor and Engineering Trust Training Ltd.

Years 3 and 4

You will spend the remainder of your time in the Company following your training plan.

It may be possible, depending on the Company’s needs to follow further education such as an HNC or Foundation degree.

Management and Support

Not only will you be fully supported by our experienced staff, you will have the ongoing support of an Engineering Trust Training Ltd Assessor who will monitor your progress every 4-6 weeks. They are there to ensure there is a successful and timely completion.

Both Norbar and Engineering Trust Training Ltd will be on hand to answer your queries and resolve your questions.

Apprenticeships at Norbar

Year 1

4 days per week studying for a PEO (Performing Engineering Operations)
1 day per week studying for BTEC Level 3 Diploma.

Year 2

Day Release (BTEC Diploma)
4 days – in Company following internal training plan.

Years 3 & 4

Continuation of training on site.

Further education (up to HND level) will be offered for end of job roles which require that level of qualification (there will be no payback clause)

Where job roles do not require that level of qualification, it will be financially supported by the company with a payback clause.

Entry requirements:- At last 5 GCSE’s at grades C and above including Maths, English and a Science.

College holidays:-
You will be expected to come back into Norbar during Christmas, Easter and half-terms or take some annual leave.

Communication:- You will be expected to maintain regular contact with the HR Department to discuss progress and expenses.

You will also be expected to regularly communicate with The Engineering Trust and your Assessor.

Expenses:-
Norbar will reimburse mileage expenses or train fares. Up to £300 will be offered to support a suitable lap top. Books and other writing equipment will not be reimbursed.

Terms and Conditions


You will be employed on a 4 year Apprentice contract.

Whilst in Company, the general hours of work will be 7.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Thursday with a 30 minute unpaid break for lunch and 7.30am – 12 midday on a Friday.

Whilst at college you will be expected to attend the college for the hours required to successfully achieve your apprenticeship.

You will be automatically enrolled into Norbar’s pension scheme (if eligible) after 3 months’ service. The standard contribution is 6% which is matched by the Company with an additional ½%.

Free life assurance of 3 times your basic salary is also available.

With 27 weeks’ service by October of each year you will be eligible for a non guaranteed profit related bonus payable in November and if you have 27 weeks’ service by December, you will be eligible for a non guaranteed profit related bonus payable in March of the following year.

Current salary rates

Year 1 - £7.21 per hour (£14,500 per annum approx)
Year 2 - £9.45 per hour (£19,000 per annum approx)
Year 3 - £11.22 per hour (£22,500 per annum approx)
Year 4 – dependant on the role once apprenticeship has been completed.

How To Apply

We will be taking apprentice applications between February and the end of April each year. After this point we may not be able to consider your application.

You should go to the Engineering Trust Training Ltd website and complete the on-line application form.

Engineering Trust Training Ltd will undertake the initial assessments and short list candidates that meet our requirements and specification. 

Applications will then be forwarded to Norbar and we will undertake a number of interviews and if necessary arrange a selection process which will allow you to meet others, spend time on the shop floor and undertake Norbar specific tests. 

Job offers will be made by Norbar with the view that the successful candidate(s) work for us for at least 4 weeks during the summer months prior to attending Warwickshire College in the September. 

This will offer you a broader understanding of what Norbar does to allow an easier application of theory.

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Career Paths
 

Darren Smithson
Darren started a 4 year Advanced Modern Apprenticeship with
Norbar in 2002. During this time Darren completed a PEO level 2,
National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, NVQ3 in
Manufacturing and a HNC in Mechanical Engineering. In 2006
Darren became a CNC machine setter and worked his way up to
become a Tooling Engineer in 2009. Today Darren continues to
work at Norbar as a Production Engineer. Read more...

Dereck Bell

Dereck began his 4 year modern apprenticeship on Manufacturing &
Design Engineering back in 1996. During his apprenticeship Dereck
gained a NVQ Level 2 in General Engineering and Manufacturing, a
National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, a Higher National
Certificate in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, NVQ Level
2 and 3 in Technical Services, NVQ Level 3 in Engineering
Machining and was awarded ‘Oxfordshire Apprentice of the Year’ in
1998. After completing his apprenticeship Dereck became a
Mechanical Zone Engineer providing manufacturing support by
designing tooling for use with existing processes. In 2007 Dereck
achieved a NVQ Level 4 in Engineering Management. Today Dereck
works as a Design Engineer focusing on the design and development
of specialist small torque tools. Read more...

Steve Lawson

Steve joined Norbar in 1996 on a Mechanical apprenticeship after
completing his GCSE’s. During his apprenticeship Steve gained a
ONC and HNC in Mechanical Design togther with a NVQ Level 3 in
Engineering. After his apprenticeship Steve was offered a grade 3
Design Engineer role and after 2 years was promoted to grade 2
Design Engineer where Steve became more involved in in the
design of complex products and project work. Steve is now a Grade
1 Design Engineer and looks forward to continuing his long and
rewarding career at Norbar. Read more...

Howard Keasey
Howard joined Norbar as an Electronics Apprentice in September
1988 and successfully completed his 4-year apprenticeship in 1992.
He was offered a position as Electronics Technician and in 1995 was
promoted to Electronics Chargehand. Again in 1998 he was
promoted to Electronics Production Manager until present. Howard
is involved in the use of both people and process management skills.
Within his process he has responsibility for Design Engineering,
Production Engineering, Procurement, Planning, Assembly of
Electronic Product and has day to day activities within our UKAS
Accredited Calibration Laboratory. Read more...

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