Electrical/Instrumentation Maintenance & Reliability Engineering Apprentice – SONOCO CORES AND PAPER LIMITED

Sonoco is an advocate of early careers and we all want you to succeed. In return for the passion and energy you will bring to the Engineering Department, we will support your apprenticeship all the way and you will be encouraged to fulfil all of your potential.

Reference number: VAC1000060026


Wage – £14000 per annum
Duration – 42 Months
Start date – 05 September 2022
Posted – 30/06/2022

Working Week:

Monday – Thursday: 08.30am – 5pm (1hr unpaid lunch) Friday: 08.30am – 3.30pm (1hr unpaid lunch) Total hours per week: 36 hours a week.

Apprenticeship level




What will the apprentice be doing?

You will have access to excellent development opportunities, playing a crucial role in your team, whilst being supported to network and socialise with your peers so you can see the impact of your creativity and ideas. All apprentices across our business have the support of their line manager, mentor, and the Sonoco talent network.

The Electrical/Instrumentation maintenance & Reliability Engineering apprenticeship is within our Engineering Function, within this role you will have the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge required to maintain and install electrical and control equipment within a complex computer controlled 24/7 exciting fast paced manufacturing facility. To compliment on the job training you will also complete a level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering – Mechatronic Maintenance Technician.

As a Mechatronic Maintenance technician, you will be involved in:

Preventative and planned maintenance
Breakdown response
Fault finding on control systems including PLC’s and motors control systems
Engineering work planning
Equipment installation
Engineering best practices and maintenance excellence
Quality and Health & Safety

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Level 3 Engineering Technician (Mechatronics Pathway) Apprenticeship Standard.

Initial 36-week block in College 3 days a week to complete Level 2 Foundation Competence

Level 3 Development Knowledge 1 day a week over following 2 years

Level 3 Development Competence evidenced and signed off by Trainer/Assessor in the workplace

The final year will involve completion of a portfolio and preparation for End Point Assessment (EPA).

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Taken on as a full-time member of staff, progressions into management, HNC/D and further formal training.

Things to consider

Working in a factory environment. The process is very “wet”. When recycling paper, old paper and cardboard is taken into the process and “Pulped” down to a porridge like consistency. This is to allow processes to clean out things such as sand, grit, staples and other larger type of contamination, and the transport the material from process to process. This means that there is a lot of water used in the process, and we sample and test this type of material as well during the processes which can get very messy. We then use large drying cylinders in the process to dry the material back to a paper, which means some working environments are hot and humid. The process is loud and so ear defenders are required outside in the paper mill environment. The paper mill is old, whilst the plan is to invest and develop the site for the future, the site has been here for many years.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Problem solving skills
A passion to learn
Interest in how things work
Demonstrable initiative


GCSE or equivalent in 5 subjects including maths and English (Grade 4/C or above) essential.

About the employer


Stainland Board Mills, Holywell Green, Halifax, HX4 9PY
From our more than 70 European operations in 18 countries, we produce packaging for a variety of industries and many of the world’s most recognised brands, serving customers in 85 nations. We work with you to collaboratively develop and deliver Innovative Packaging Solutions that enhance and optimise our customers’ businesses and their brands. With our unique range of packaging materials, technical disciplines, material science and manufacturing capabilities and packaging services, Sonoco takes a holistic approach to providing customised solutions that meet our customers’ unique needs. The hallmarks of our culture are: safety, customer satisfaction, growth and optimisation, operational excellence and our people. Our guiding principle is to be a great company for our customers through an unwavering belief that People Build Businesses, by doing the right thing and we differentiate ourselves from our competitors.

Closing date: 14 July 2022