R. J. Lifts are recruiting for lift engineering apprentices right now both locally and across the country. It’s a fantastic opportunity to join a growing company and to learn skills that are in huge demand.
An engineering apprenticeship is a brilliant way of getting into engineering without the need for university. Instead of committing to huge university fees, loans and debt, an engineering apprenticeship means you get to earn while you learn!
What Do Our Lift Engineering Apprenticeships Offer?
All apprenticeships provide a structured and supported environment for learning. As one of our apprentices, you’ll not only learn engineering skills, you’ll develop critical reasoning, organisation skills and become part of a team. When you finish, you’ll have an NVQ – a nationally recognised qualification.
If you’re accepted onto our lift engineering apprenticeships programme, you’ll be joining a local company that is expanding rapidly as we service and repair, refurbish and install lifts for an ever expanding number of clients across the UK.
You’ll be working with fully-trained lift engineers on every type of business. One day you might be working on lift equipment in a food factory and the next in an engineering works, office block, hospital, restaurant, or hotel.
We will provide you with electrical training and in-house training as well as invaluable work experience.
Josh Tagg has completed his apprenticeship with us and now works as a full-time lift engineer at R J Lift Services.
“Now I’m fully trained I can go out and manage tasks on my own, which is great,” he told the Stoke Sentinel newspaper.
“The thing I like the most about my job is that it’s so varied. We predominantly deal with lifts but we do get to work on other things too. We never know what we’re going to be doing or where we’ll be going, from one day to the next.”
Joe Willatt has also completed his four-year apprenticeship at RJ Lifts and told the Stoke Sentinel,
“When I finished my A Levels I realised that I didn’t want to go down the university route so I decided to go for an apprenticeship. I wanted to do something around engineering so when this opportunity came up I just went for it. It’s been a great way for me to get hands-on experience and paid work, as well as in-house training and qualifications at college.”
How Do Apprenticeships Work?
We’ve answered some of the common questions we get asked about our engineering apprenticeships below:
How long is an engineering apprenticeship?
It usually takes 4 years to finish a lift engineering apprenticeship. If you already have some engineering qualifications, then it can reduce the time slightly. However, 3 years is usually the minimum needed to gain the experience necessary to become a fully qualified lift engineer.
You’ll need to be at least 18 years old and show you have the ability to complete the programme. Ideally, you’ll have GCSE passes in Maths and English and Science.
We look for candidates who are personable with good time management skills, inquisitive and with a mechanical aptitude.
For exceptional communicators with an exceptional mechanical aptitude, we sometimes consider candidates without passes at GCSE.
You’ll have a full driving licence and you must be willing and able to travel to locations all over the UK.
We expect you to take responsibility for your own work, be a team player and be willing to learn.
What does a lift engineering apprenticeship involve?
An apprenticeship is a structured programme of theoretical learning at college and practical on the job training. You’ll be working towards NVQ Level 3, a nationally recognised qualification. You’ll spend most of your week on the job with one of our experienced lift engineers with about 20% of your week (1 day) for studying.
What does an engineering apprentice do?
At R J Lift Services, we’ll give you all the training and support you need. Our Training Manager, Matt, will guide you through your apprenticeship, starting with learning about the different types of lift, the component parts and the things that can go wrong with lifts.
Then, you’ll spend most of your working week assisting an experienced lift engineer with fault finding, maintenance and repairs.
Your days will be varied as you’ll be travelling to and working in, a range of different sites including factories, offices, residential buildings, hotels, universities, hospitals and schools.
What hours will I work as a lift engineering apprentice?
Typically, our engineering apprentices work an 8 hour day with half an hour for lunch. However, a career in lift engineering is a reactive role so you will be expected to be flexible in your working hours.
You will be added to our on-call rota and be expected to be on call for one week in four to attend out of hours callouts.
What will I earn as an Engineering Apprentice?
R J Lift Services pay the national minimum wage to all our apprentices, which is dependent on age. We believe you should be paid fairly for doing a good job.
You’ll be paid double time at weekends and time at 1½ rates for evenings. There is also an extra on-call payment.
What qualifications will I gain as a lift engineering apprentice?
When you’ve passed your apprenticeship, you’ll have the following:
- NVQ Level 3 in lift engineering
- NVQ Level 3 in electrical engineering qualification
- Level 2 PEO (Performing Engineering Operations)
- EOR 202 – safe access to lifts
And you’ll be able to represent the company when talking to customers as one of our professional lift engineers.
Is this an electrician apprenticeship?
No, but you will gain an electrical engineering qualification during your apprenticeship so that you can work on the electrical aspects of many makes and models of lift.
What happens after I gain my NVQ in lift engineering?
Once you have experience as a lift engineer, there are opportunities for gaining an NVQ Level 4 to become a senior technician or you could move into lift installation / refurbishment or even into our operations department. As a fast-growing company, opportunities arise regularly for different roles. We often promote from within the company, for example, many of our senior managers started as apprentices.
We reward talent and hard work.
How do I apply for an engineering apprenticeship?
Simply send an up to date CV and covering letter, to recruitment@localhost detailing why you want to be considered for an engineering apprenticeship or fill in the form below.
We look forward to hearing from you!