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Level 3 Space Technical Apprentice

An excellent opportunity to work in a 27-year established space battery engineering and manufacturing business supporting ESA and national space primes around the world. The role works across all departments and has the opportunity to set a career path.

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Vacancy location Building F4, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon. Oxfordshire. OX14 3ED
Training location OAS, Culham Science Centre, OX14 3DB
Working week 37.5 (5 day week) hours
Wage £18,000 (starting salary)
Expected duration 48 months
Closing date 15 August 2023
Start date 01 September 2023

The role has been created to work across all the customer delivery departments in the business to get an understanding for the space industry and what it takes to successfully deliver hardware to the global leading space primes, national and international space agencies including ESA and NASA.

The role has been designed to develop knowledge building from safety aspects through the core components of the batteries to the final testing of the hardware.

The apprentices will also spend time in the bid team so they can understand the full process from sales point through to final delivery.

There will be additional external training in relevant aspects for the role and the candidates will have the opportunity to present their preferred choice for a career path within the business at the end of the apprenticeship scheme.

The aim for the apprenticeship programme is to build skilled and knowledgeable individuals into the business and provide a future career for them provided they meet the necessary skills and behaviours established in the programme.

In addition to the apprenticeship, the role will undertake a number of other training and learning activities. The role will move between departments to ensure the candidates have a wide and in depth knowledge of the business and the candidates are expected to complete department specific training in each area. In addition to this, there will be additional training is IOSH, Fire Marshal, First Aid, NEEBOSH, 5S and Lean  Methodologies. Further training will be identified dependent on candidate aptitude and career path which can include APM project management training or IPC Certification in soldering with a view to progressing ESA soldering and wiring certifications.

Skills required: Good I.T. skills and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office preferred. Any CAD or design knowledge in advance would be great but not essential.

Personal qualities: Good verbal and written communication skills. Ability to interact at all levels of the organisation. Enthusiastic and willingness to learn is important.

Qualifications: Maths, English and a Science at grade C or above.

Please ensure you answer the following two questions with your application:

Question 1: What made you choose EnerSys ABSL to complete your apprenticeship with?

Question 2: What do you want to achieve from this apprenticeship?

The closing date is 15 August 2023, however we would like to commence interviews as soon as possible.

Reality check: The role will cover a range of departments across the business and candidates are expected to engage, learn and work in each of the departments to ensure they gain a wide depth of knowledge across the products and whole company. Some roles will be desk bound and some will be manual, working in cleanroom environments standing for periods of time. The candidates are expected to engage with all roles with enthusiasm, respect and professional approaches following instruction and completing work on time. The role is about learning and gaining skills and this will be the focus of the opportunity.

About ABSL: ABSL is a specialist subsidiary of the EnerSys Group, an international industrial battery manufacturer, designing, qualifying and manufacturing batteries for space applications. The company is a 70-person business based in the Culham Science Centre near Abingdon and the OAS training school. We are a small company with global reach, supplying the global leading space agencies and satellite manufacturers. The company delivered the first ever Li-ion battery for ESA over 21 years ago and it is still successfully operating today.