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Engineering Apprenticeship (Belvedere)

Location: Belvedere - Duration: 4 years - Starting salary: £18,000

About the apprenticeship

The apprentice will study towards a Level 3 apprenticeship, run by HETA, following the Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician standard. The duration of the apprenticeship is four years.

You'll ultimately be aligned to our Maintenace or Operations workstreams, supporting the team in the function of either: Electrical; Controls and Instrumentation; Mechanical or Operations by:

  • Learning the energy from waste process including the combustion process, boiler chemistry, water-steam cycle, turbine and pollution control equipment;

  • Learning how to contribute to a positive Health, Safety and Environmental culture;

  • Learning how to carry out routine inspections, safety checks and corrective maintenance;

  • Learning how to carry out fault finding and problem solving of systems and their equipment;

  • Learning how to safely operate plant, equipment and machinery;

  • Supporting maintenance and operation colleagues during breakdowns;

  • Learning about Stores and the importance of keeping them maintained and up to date;

  • Learning how to complete and submit quality reports to document the condition of assets and assist in the continual improvement of the facility.

The Apprenticeship Journey

Here's what to expect over your four-year apprenticeship.

Year One

Of all the apprenticeships Cory provides, this one is unique as you'll be studying away from home in Hull full-time with HETA, a leading apprenticeship provider.

We pay your travel and living expenses in the first year, so it's like going to university without the cost! Plus, we pay you a great starting salary of £18,000 in the first year.

During the first year, you'll be studying towards a BTEC qualification while learning the essential on-the-job skills for when you return to Riverside.

Year Two

You'll return to Riverside to continue your training on the job.

We'll assign you to either the Mechanical, Electrical, Controls & Instrumentation or Operations teams, basing this on your performance at HETA and taking your preference into account.

Your studies will continue as you begin an NVQ. Here, you'll make detailed notes about the work tasks you complete and build a portfolio of work.

Years Three and Four

You'll continue to work at Riverside, and you'll be getting increasingly challenging tasks to complete. Plus, you'll be able to complete some of the tasks on-site independently.

As you complete your NVQ, it's time to move on to your final studies - a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a Level 4 qualification!

You'll study this either at a college or by distance learning online. At the end of the apprenticeship, you'll complete your end point assessment.

After the apprenticeship

There's no guarantee of a permanent position with Cory after your apprenticeship, but if you show the right attitudes to learning and progress well then we hope to make you permanent when you complete your apprenticeship if a position is available.

We don't forget about you at the end of the apprenticeship either - our Apprentice Manager will continue to meet with you for the first 12 months after graduation to make sure you're continuing to develop and integrate into the business.

Meet the Apprentices

Don't just take our word for it.

Here's what our apprentices love about working for Cory.

  • I went to university and got my degree but couldn't get a job afterwards. I've learnt more practical skills on my apprenticeship than I did in three years of university study.


    Mechanical Engineering Apprentice (2022 intake)

  • It's a great opportunity that opens many doors for you. You meet people that help you and guide you along the right path for success.

    It's the best decision I have made for my career.


    Operations Apprentice (2021 intake)

Salary and package

An apprenticeship is a great alternative to studying at university. You'll be paid a competitive salary from your first day with the company, which we review each year.

  • Starting Salary: £18,000

  • A competitive benefits package including company pension

Entry Criteria

You must have the following qualifications, or expect to obtain these qualifications:

  • Mathematics - GCSE Grade 5 or higher

  • English Language - GCSE Grade 5 or higher

  • Science - GCSE Grade 5 or higher.

Please note if you sat your exams outside of the UK, you would need to provide a Statement of Comparability for Eligibility reasons when you attend the assessment centre. More information is available here. It is important to note that this is an entry-level apprenticeship position with strict academic entry requirements. If you hold a Bachelors or Masters degree then unfortunately, we will be unable to consider your application.

Other information

This apprenticeship will begin in late August 2024.

You'll be living away from home during your first year on this apprenticeship programme, as training is delivered by HETA, an outstanding provider located in Hull who specialises in delivery for the engineering and power industry.

During this time, we will provide your accommodation, and pay reasonable expenses you may incur during the year, such as your food and travel.