Apprenticeships - what are they?
An apprenticeship programme provides the opportunity to develop both your theoretical and practical skills and knowledge, all whilst gaining a vast amount of valuable experience within the workplace.
From an apprenticeship you will gain professionally recognised qualifications (e.g. BTEC, HNC, NVQ), alongside a starting point for a life-long career. Typically, an Ishida apprenticeship lasts for 4 years, with a mixture of attending college and day release at the Ishida Woodgate facility in Birmingham.
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Benefits of Apprenticeships
An apprenticeship can offer you more opportunities than other career pathways. Not only do you gain widely-accredited qualifications, but you also gain priceless industry knowledge and experience. The experience and practical skills you learn works hand in hand with the technical knowledge you develop through your qualifications, and all the while you are earning while you learn.
On the job experience
Whilst working within the company, you will work directly with Ishida products and develop your knowledge of the business from day one. You will not only learn the technical knowledge behind Ishida products, but also the soft skills you need to be able to succeed in any company.
The qualifications that you gain are recognised across all industries and will be sponsored by the company throughout your apprenticeship. You will work towards an NVQ, then depending on the level at which you come in you can study towards a range of qualifications from a Level 3 BTEC all the way up to a degree.
An apprenticeship sets you up to accelerate your career. There is a constant progression during your apprenticeship as you are learning every day, but there are also opportunities to progress through the different placements and experiences you have.
Earn while you learn
Alongside the qualifications and experience that the apprenticeship provides you, you will also be paid a competitive salary.
Meet Our Apprentices
Field Service Apprentice
“An apprenticeship programme offers you the opportunity to develop both your theoretical and practical skills/knowledge, all whilst gaining a vast amount of valuable experiences within a workplace.”
Design Engineer Apprentice
“My apprenticeship so far has been an exciting experience, allowing me to develop my soft skills and expand my existing knowledge whilst also exploring new software and integrating into the Design department. Ishida is giving me the opportunity to better myself, hand-in-hand with the necessary support.”
Manufacturing Operations Apprentice
"I have always loved working with numbers and done well in maths. When studying for A-Levels, I got involved in as many engineering-related activities as I could. Being a woman was no hindrance to entry. I believe that you get out what you put in and that working in partnership with Ishida will strengthen my chances of success."
Manufacturing Operations Apprentice
“My Ishida apprenticeship has given me countless opportunities to strive and develop; from the high-quality education on offer to the immensely valuable experience I have gained through working in an engineering environment. My work at Ishida has enabled me to start my career in engineering in an incredibly positive way, giving me opportunities such as travelling abroad to work alongside Senior Engineers, and winning prestigious awards.”
Electrical Engineer (Past Electrical Apprentice)
"I was given many opportunities to build my education and technical knowledge, including electrical AutoCAD and SolidWorks Essentials courses. I also visited customer sites to experience machines operating under factory conditions. Now a valued member of the new applications controls team, my activities include electrical design and liaising with the production teams."
Project Engineer (Past Design Apprentice)
“I’ve always wanted to be in the engineering industry and, for someone seeking an apprenticeship, Ishida offered me all the tools for a successful career. I’m now using my Mechanical Design experience to manage and develop projects across their lifecycles, from customer site survey through initial design development of processing/packaging lines to final installation and customer sign-off.”
Frequently asked questions
How long does an apprenticeship last?
Typically, an apprenticeship lasts between 2 and 4 years. At Ishida, our apprenticeships last 4 years.
What Qualifications will I gain?
The qualifications you gain will depend upon your pathway. On an advanced programme you will gain a Level 2 PEO, Level 3 BTEC and Level 4 HNC. On a higher programme you will gain a level 2 PEO, Level 4 HNC and a Level 5 HND.
How much will I earn?
“The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.50 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships pay up to £500 per week.”. According to the .gov.uk website, find out more here.
What are the hours of work?
At Ishida we complete a standard 38.5 hour week. Our standard working hours are 8:30-17:00 Monday to Thursday and 8:30-16:30 on a Friday.
How will I gain my qualifications?
Most apprenticeship programmes have their apprentices attending college full time during their first-year with release back to work during the holidays. At Ishida, our apprentices attend college 4 days of the week (one day completing BTEC/HNC, 3 days completing PEO Units) with day release back to work on a Friday.
What are the entry requirements for an Advanced Apprenticeship?
Entry requirements for an Advanced Apprenticeship framework starting at Level 3 are 5 GCSE grades A*-C (5-9) in Mathematics, English and Science or an equivalent related qualification e.g. BTEC Level 2 Engineering or Resistant Materials.
What are the entry requirements for a Higher Apprenticeship?
Entry requirements for a Higher Apprenticeship framework starting at level 4 are 3 A-Levels and/or BTEC Level 3, or an equivalent related qualification in an engineering or science-related subject.
What will happen once I finish my apprenticeship?
When it’s all over, it’s not over – all of our graduating apprentices to date have transitioned into full-time roles at Ishida, in a specialist discipline of the business’ preference.
Opportunities with Ishida
With this apprenticeship, the opportunities that are available are limitless with past apprentices travelling all over Europe to visit suppliers and work on new groundbreaking projects.
There have been opportunities for apprentices to have placements both internal and external to the business through the Apprentice Exchange Scheme. These exchanges include spending weeks in a supplier’s business working with their processes and learning how Ishida parts are made, as well as placements within Ishida where apprentices have rotated around departments to learn how different areas work together.
There will be opportunities to advance your technical knowledge through different qualifications. If you wish to go on specific courses or develop your current qualifications then Ishida will always endeavour to facilitate this.
No matter your position in the company there are always different projects running in your department, which can see you having regular contact with the company’s directors or even have you follow the machines to their destinations to help install them. A wide variety of different opportunities can arise for you, if you are bold enough to take them!
There will be countless opportunities to progress further once the apprenticeship is complete, due to you already having at least 4 years of industry experience alongside high-level qualifications. This will enable you to progress into new and exciting roles within the company.
As an Ishida Assembly Technician apprentice, you will be based at the Manufacturing Centre in Woodgate Valley. Here you will spend most of your time on the shop floor, rotating around the core products and gaining hands-on experience building our core machines with our skilled Assembly Technician. As Ishida grows you will be essential in the development of the new manufacturing sections, getting the chance to build a variety of new machines.
You will also get the opportunity to diversify your network of communications further by meeting a range of workers from different departments who visit the shop floor. For example, we work closely with Product Design and Quality to ensure each and every machine we manufacture is perfect.
Field Service Engineer
As an Ishida Field Service Engineer apprentice, you will begin your placement at the Manufacturing Centre in Woodgate Valley to gain an understanding of how to build our core products, side by side with our skilled Assembly Technicians. During this time, you will interact with the Field Service team, with the opportunity to accompany some of our skilled after-sales team on-site to complete an installation, commissioning repairs or just general after-sales customer service.
As you progress through your apprenticeship you will be paired with a Field Service Engineer and will spend the majority of your time on-site, furthering your knowledge and skills.
Product Design Engineer
As a Product Design Apprentice, you will be responsible for formulating the Bill of Materials for each machine, producing layouts and designing contact parts. This is all done using CAD using the modelling software SolidWorks; however, liaising and cooperating with the shop floor is vital in order to ensure the quality and function of the products is correct.
There is also the opportunity to have placements in a number of departments including CCW Design, DACS Design, Applications and Rectifications.
Those on a Manufacturing Operations apprenticeship are the production engineers of the future. Looking into all aspects of the production process, this apprenticeship allows you to work in a number of departments and appreciate all that goes into the manufacture of our machines.
Starting by working on the shop floor, you will learn the fundamental knowledge required to build our products; from here you will go into supply chain, production planning and quality to look at each stage of our production process.