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Maintenance Engineering Apprentice

Location: Smugglers Way (Wandsworth) or Northumberland Wharf (Tower Hamlets) - Duration: 3 years - Starting salary: £18,000

About the apprenticeship

The apprentice will study towards a Level 3 apprenticeship, run by Newham College at the London Institute of Technology, following the Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician standard. The duration of the apprenticeship is typically three years. The college training is delivered through weekly day release, which will require the successful candidate to travel to the training provider’s facility in Canning Town, for which travel costs will be reimbursed.

Training is supplemented by on-the-job experience at the Transfer Station to which you're assigned. The successful candidate will be required to work independently outside of the college training to build their portfolio of work evidence necessary to pass the apprenticeship while also keeping their training records up-to-date.

Typical duties:

  • Learning the Transfer Station and Material Recycling Facility processes and how they play an important role in the energy from waste process

  • 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 equipment

  • Learning how to safely operate plant, equipment and machinery

  • Supporting Maintenance and Operations colleagues during breakdowns

  • 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

During your first year, you'll be based at one of the transfer stations - either Northumberland Wharf or Smugglers Way in London. We will give you a full induction and introduce you to the different parts of Cory to see how the business operates.

You will go to college on day release (usually once a week) at the London Institute of Technology in Canning Town. We'll pay you a great starting salary of £18,000 in the first year.

As well as studying at college, you'll be learning on the job at the Transfer Station from your supervisor and team to reinforce your knowledge.

Year Two

You'll continue to go to college on a weekly basis to pick up further engineering skills and will be given details of your engineering project that you'll need to complete as part of your apprenticeship portfolio, which you need to build to pass your apprenticeship.

Your portfolio will include full details of all the off-the-job learning you complete over the three years on the MOET apprenticeship. We'll help you every step of the way to make sure you keep up with this vital task, as it proves the knowledge, skills and behaviours you develop.

Level Three

The final year, academic-wise, is much more independently-focussed on completing your learning remotely, completing your portfolio and being ready to complete Gateway and your End Point Assessment (EPA).

Gateway and EPA are the final milestones in your apprenticeship, which include completing a final project and preparing for a face-to-face meeting with an independent assessor who will discuss your apprenticeship, what you have learned and review your portfolio. The apprentice provider will make sure you're fully ready for this.

Back at the Transfer Statio, you'll be become ever more competent and able to carry out the duties needed at the Transfer Station.

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.

  • What I've enjoyed most about this apprenticeship is meeting new people and how welcoming everyone was with me when I first started, which gave me a real boost in confidence.


    Engineering Apprentice (2023 intake)

  • Cory offers the training that will help me learn and progress in my role. There are plenty of progression opportunities and I can gain the knowledge and skills to become a mechanical fitter.


    Engineering 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 4 or higher

  • English Language - GCSE Grade 4 or higher

  • Science - GCSE Grade 4 or higher is desirable

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.

This role may involve travel to other Cory sites, e.g. other London Transfer Stations, to assist with support and projects as necessary. You will also need to travel to the college in Canning Town for day-release training.