Apprentice in Instrumentation, Control and Electrical

Location: Cowdenbeath

Contract: Full-time

Closing Date:

Apprenticeship Specification

As part of the Instrumentation, Control and Electrical (ICE) apprenticeship, each trainee spends 3 or 4 days per week during the first year with a training provider, undertaking the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 5 and the relevant National Certificate (NC) qualification. The remaining 1 or 2 days per week are spent in the workplace, developing skills and knowledge. 

During this period, you will develop new skills, including practical vocational based training in electrical installation (BS 7671 standards), electrical equipment maintenance, electronic assembly and testing and programmable logic controllers – inclusive of basic automation, forming and assembling electrical cable enclosure and support systems. 

From years 2 to 4 you will be given a variety of maintenance, repair and manufacturing tasks. Initially, you will shadow a qualified ICE technician until you have reached the required level of competency on each task.  As you progress, the tasks will become more complex extending to; repair and manufacture of PLC control systems, pneumatic systems, pressure test cells and other workshop equipment. You will also be exposed to the modification and improvement of various Score owned equipment such as nozzle flow rigs, PT rigs and gas turbine test cells, as required in line with changing business needs.  The team also constructs new and modified customer and OEM bespoke legacy Turbine control systems. Your academic training will extend to Higher National Certificate (HNC) level as a minimum. Your experience will be supplemented by additional work-based training courses.  

By the end of year 4 you will have achieved your Modern Apprenticeship (MA) and will embark on additional training and development to include specialist experience, allowing you to develop your problem-solving abilities. The maintenance team may be requested to travel to other Score sites to fit out and equip facilities as company operations expand. These opportunities allow individuals to visit other sites, whilst building confidence and experiencing working away from home. Initially, apprentices will be buddied up with senior technicians before working at client premises. You will grow in confidence and ability during this phase, allowing you to qualify as an Engineering Technician. 

What skills will I Learn? 

You will be supported each step of the way to develop your skills and knowledge on a wide variety of Instrumentation, Control and Electrical work scopes. As you gain experience you will increase in confidence and ability and be able to handle more sophisticated tasks, becoming more independent in your application of our tried and tested techniques. There will be opportunities to develop your competency working with electronic, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and pressurised systems. By the end of your training period, you will be proficient in carrying out Instrumentation, Control and Electrical tasks; assessing the condition of a wide variety of specialist equipment, carrying out repair, manufacture and refurbishment and conducting re-assembly and testing operations to industry standard. 

Entry Requirements 

Applicants need a minimum of:  

  • National 5 or equivalent in Mathematics and English 
  • National 5 or equivalent in two of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Graphic Communications, Art and Design, Craft and Design, Engineering Science or a relevant Skills for Work qualification 
  • An applicant with a Foundation Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering will meet all the above criteria 

Selection Process

As part of the selection process, applicants that meet the above entry requirements will be invited to undertake an aptitude test. Successful applicants will then be taken forward to the next stage of the selection process.