Apprentice Engineer – Acorn Stairlifts

If you are a practically minded person and are looking for an engineering apprenticeship, this is a wonderful opportunity to join a world leading company as part of their highly skilled engineering team. Acorn are a global company established in 1992. We have grown to have over 1400 employees worldwide. We specialise in making stairlifts – it’s all we do! We build all our stairlifts in our United Kingdom factories and export them to locations all over the world. Somewhere in the world, one of our stairlifts is installed every 8 minutes.

If you are interested in this position then please send a CV or apply in writing to apprenticeships@keighleycollege.ac.uk

Engineering apprentice working on a lathe

Due to continued growth, we are now recruiting for an additional apprentice to join our team at our modern and highly equipped manufacturing facility in Steeton, West Yorkshire.

The ideal candidate would need to demonstrate basic practical skills and have a logical approach to problem solving in a technical and evolving industry. The successful applicant will be hands on team player in an environment where versatility is extremely important. You will be working towards your NVQ level 3 in engineering.

  • Duties will include
  • Organising routine servicing schedules
  • Checking and calibrating instruments to make sure they are accurate
  • Fitting new parts
  • Carrying out quality inspections of machines
  • Responding immediately to equipment breakdowns
  • Using our MRO process
  • Fixing faults or arranging for replacements to be installed.
  • Keeping production managers informed of progress
  • Working within the Maintenance team
  • Finding and fixing faults and recalibrating instruments
  • Oiling and cleaning machinery and parts
  • Overhauling and replacing parts according to schedule
  • Responding immediately to machinery breakdowns
  • Manufacturing spare parts within machine shop.

 L3 Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Framework


Length of Programme: 36-48 months depending on previous experience and qualifications


Mode of delivery: Day Release


Course content: The Engineering Manufacture framework is designed to develop practical skills, knowledge & competence through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. On completion they will be capable of undertaking a range of duties at operator, semi-skilled, craft or technician level as appropriate within the following engineering sub-sectors: Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Mechanical, Marine, Electrical, Metal goods and other transport equipment.

Skills Required

An excellent team player
An effective communicator
To have a good engineering acumen
Ability to plan and work to deadlines under pressure
Motivated and forward thinking
Good level of literacy and numeracy skills
Personable, willing and enthusiastic

Qualifications Required

– GCSE grades C or above in Maths and English AS levels ( or equivalent).
– Acceptance is subject to college initial assessment, and interview.

Personal Qualities

You will need to be:

Reliable and punctual with the ability to work individually and as part of a team.
A pro-active approach to learning and work is essential.
Degree of maturity required

Employers Name

Acorn Stairlifts Ltd

Employer Description

Angus Fire is a global leader in firefighting technology with a remarkable history in manufacturing fire protection products that can be traced back over 220 years. Angus Fire has continued to innovate using the latest technology to develop high-quality, high-performance products. We now have customers in over 100 countries spread across a wide range of industry sectors, serviced by an unrivalled worldwide distributor network.

Employer Website


The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour from 1st October 2016. This applies to 16 – 18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the Apprentice National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent in training.


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