Trainee Engineering Technician (SD Band 6 / AO)
Health and Safety Executive
Apply before Midday on Monday 6th February 2023
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Diverse Perspectives and experiences are critical to our success, and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. We look forward to receiving your application.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Technical Support Team is part of the Major Hazards Group within Science Division, based at Buxton. The team contributes to incident investigations, research projects for HSE, other government departments and commercial clients. There are a range of teams in the Major Hazards Group including mechanical engineers, engineering materials specialists, fire and explosion, hazardous materials and explosives experts. You will be working with people from all of these teams to deliver projects and support testing. Much of the work in the group is focused on the safe introduction of green energy technologies, including batteries and hydrogen and makes for an interesting and varied work environment.
We are looking for an engineering trainee to join our Technical Support Team and your role will focus on the manufacturing, assembly and modification of equipment used by our scientific and engineering teams.
This role will suit someone with a keen interest in engineering and an aptitude to learn and develop their skills.
A training pathway will be devised for you, leading to a minimum of a Level 3 qualification in engineering. You will also be encouraged to join a professional engineering body, such as the IMechE, to support your ongoing development.
Whilst the role will have an engineering focus, the Technical Support Team’s work is diverse. The role will, therefore, involve contributing to other aspects of the team’s outputs. For example, helping to lift and move equipment on-site and provide other general support, as required.
This entry level role has potential to give a wide range of experience, alongside training opportunities that could lead to career development opportunities for the right candidate.
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The key elements of your role will be:
- Manufacturing, assembling, and modifying scientific and engineering components and rigs used by your colleagues across HSE’s Science Division.
- Working safely and in a way that considers the health, safety and wellbeing of you, your colleagues and others who could be affected by your work.
- Undertaking learning and development activities to develop your engineering and other skills. This will include learning ‘on the job’ from experienced colleagues and also undertaking more formal training.
- Ensuring that work areas are kept clean and tidy during and after completing tasks. High standards of care and attention to detail in this regard will be important.
- Contributing to the team’s other work, including driving a variety of vehicles and, potentially, operating plant equipment.
You should be able to demonstrate:
- A strong interest in engineering
- The ability to plan, organise and prioritise your work effectively
- Good communication skills to allow you to interact professionally with your team and internal customers using both verbal and written communication.
- Ability to use IT, including MS Office, and an aptitude to learn how to use other software, such as CAD/CAM applications.
- Ability to work well both as part of a team and independently
- A positive attitude towards personal and professional development
- A willingness to work in a range of environments including engineering workshops, outdoors and, at times, within an office environment.
Desirable – Engineering related qualifications at Level 2 or above. Examples may include GCSE/A Level/NVQ/BTEC in Engineering, Design and Technology or equivalent.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Working Together
- Developing Self and Others
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- A demonstration of your interest in engineering and how you have actively pursued this
- An example of how you have used your interest in engineering to solve a problem, this could be at school, college, work or home.
- A practical aptitude exercise.
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
- Access to the highly competitive Civil Service pension Scheme to which HSE contribute 26.6%
- Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career
- Carer friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career
- 25 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service, plus bank holidays and 1- day Civil Service privilege leave
- Competitive parental leave benefits
Selection process details
As part of your application, you will be asked to complete an anonymised CV, detailing your experience, qualifications and relevant skills. You will also be asked to complete a personal statement, of no more than 750 words, that demonstrates your interest in the role and how you feel meet the requirements in the job description and responsibilities.
Please access the following link for guidance on how to apply and how to complete a personal statement https://www.civil-service-careers.gov.uk/how-to-apply/
A sift will take place during week commencing the 6th February 2023 when you will be assessed against your CV and personal statement.
Interviews will take place in our Buxton office SK17 9JN, during week commencing the 20th February 2023 where you will be assessed on the advertised behaviours, strengths and technical skills.
Please note that a reserve list will be held for the period of up to 12 months.
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