Trainee Engineering Technician (SD Band 6 / AO)

Health and Safety Executive

Apply before Midday on Monday 6th February 2023



Reference number



£20,828 - £22,414

Job grade

Administrative Officer
Band 6

Contract type


Business area

HSE - Science Division (SD)

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available



Buxton, East Midlands (England), SK17 9JN

Job summary

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.

To see a short video highlighting some of the work of our team please copy and paste the following link into your internet browser.

Job description

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.

Person specification

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.


Essential - Level 2 qualifications including Maths, English and Science at grades A-C or 9-4

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

Technical skills

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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

Application information

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. 

Application Guidance 

Please access the following link for guidance on how to apply and how to complete a personal statement   

Sift information

A sift will take place during week commencing the 6th February 2023 when you will be assessed against your CV and personal statement.

Interview Information

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.  

Further Information  

Please note that a reserve list will be held for the period of up to 12 months. 

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. 

For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.  

Any move to HSE from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here 

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process, please contact:   

Please note, if you are a current civil servant and you are currently undergoing any of the following formal actions your application will not be progressed any further; 
Formal discipline action, any formal action regarding attendance, poor performance or any restriction of duties as a result of disciplinary action. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
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 Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Edwina de Lewandowicz
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

  • Email :

Further information

If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition have not been met, you can raise a complaint by emailing: or by writing to HSE at the following address: HR Resourcing Team, 2.3 Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 7HS.  If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact Civil Service commissioners:

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