Apprenticeships

Empowering the next generation with Apprenticeships

At Centrax, we specialise in designing, installing and maintaining gas-powered generators. Our apprenticeship programmes provide a chance to join our dynamic company at our base in South Devon and to learn alongside our world-class engineering professionals.

Ignite your career with Centrax

Ignite your Career

We are offering school leavers a fantastic opportunity to jump onto an exciting and varied career path in engineering. Our range of apprenticeships are the perfect way to make the transition from an academic environment into the world of work.

What’s in it for you?

An apprenticeship with Centrax will allow you to work towards gaining nationally recognised qualifications in the field of engineering while also earning a wage. These programmes are designed with both the needs of students and the demands of a modern work setting in mind.

We offer a choice of four apprenticeships, allowing you to train as a mechanical fitter, an electrical fitter, a welder or a technician. These programmes run for four years and combine theory and guided practical work. We also offer a limited number of work experience placements.

While learning the essential theoretical basis of your chosen role, you will also benefit from working in a real industry environment in which to apply your growing skills, along with having the opportunity to also travel to depots and customer sites across Europe. This will be geared towards building the specialised skills you’ll need to help Centrax compete against our global competitors.

With the company engaged in every stage of the product journey from design to after-sales care, you’ll experience a wide range of engineering and business activities. Also, there will be opportunities to travel, since we carry out on-site work for clients in many locations.

What will you need?

For the chance of a place on one of our apprenticeship programmes, you’ll need to be an enthusiastic and hard working individual with a genuine interest in engineering. We’re looking for people who can demonstrate good teamworking skills and the motivation to develop the knowledge needed in this demanding industry. You must be prepared to learn the skills which are crucial to the continued success of Centrax and keen to build a career in the power generation industry.

You are required to have at least five GCSEs, including A*–C grades in Maths, English and Science. A/AS Level students and college students working towards NVQ Level 2 or 3 qualifications are also welcome to apply.

Current Opportunities

Mechanical Fitter  

In this role you will be required to learn a wide range of engineering skills. By the end of your apprenticeship you will be able to install, commission, maintain and repair a variety of equipment. The role is about being able to overcome engineering challenges, as any problems that arise must always be overcome, and changes in technology mean that the skills required are constantly changing to keep up with new technology and materials.

Electrical Fitter  

This apprenticeship will teach you how to use electrical engineering drawings and specifications to strip, rebuild, test and maintain a wide variety of electrical equipment and machines. You will also be able to install, connect and commission complex electrical circuits and understand how to use these skills across the various departments within Centrax.

Welder

For this role you will receive training in a variety of welding techniques that will enable you to weld a large variety of materials that help build components for gas turbines used by Rolls Royce, Siemens and other major manufacturers. You will also gain nationally recognised welding qualifications in a range of processes and materials.

Engineer

This incorporates a wide variety of roles across the company such as process technicians, who deal with any breakdowns of the machines, through to senior engineers who can be involved in designing new parts for plane engineers. The position of engineer will lead to a specialism in either mechanical or electrical. The training will consist of a variety of work experience placements across our engineering departments, while undertaking a combination of qualifications , finishing with an HNC in either electrical or mechanical engineering. There is also the opportunity for continued training to degree level or further for the right person.

How to Apply

To be eligible you must have at least 5 A-C grade GCSE qualifications including Maths, English and Science or equivalent.

To apply, please complete the Application Form by clicking the apply now button below:

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Having reached this stage of the selection process, you need to ensure that you do yourself justice and preparation for your interview is the key to achieving success. Your interview is your chance to demonstrate to us that you have the right personality, qualifications, experience and relevant proven track record for the role.

Preparation

It is essential that you prepare yourself as much as possible for your interview to make sure that you make the most of your opportunity. Preparation not only increases your chance of being successful but it will also help build your confidence.

  • Be punctual – plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview.
  • Research the company – have a good understanding of the company and what we do. View our website for information.
  • Know your CV – make sure that you can clearly discuss your career history, describing your roles, responsibilities and key achievements with examples. Be clear and concise, don’t waffle.
  • Practice questions and answers – think of questions that you might be asked and practice your answers, but don’t fall into the trap of repeating your answers in a parrot fashion way. Also think of questions that you would like to ask in the interview – don’t forget, you’re interviewing Centrax too.

First Impressions

Remember – ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression’. Don’t underestimate the importance of the first few minutes of meeting your interviewer.

  • Make sure you know the name and title of the person(s) interviewing you.
  • Dress to impress and dress appropriately, our general code is ‘smart casual’.
  • Try to convey confidence, start with a firm handshake, sit comfortably but do not slouch and remember to smile.
  • The smell of stale smoke can be very off putting, so if you do smoke try not to smoke just before the interview, however nervous you are.

Interview Approach

  • Ensure your manner is positive and you are bright and enthusiastic throughout.
  • Be natural and maintain good eye contact throughout the interview.
  • Look interested and listen actively.
  • If you are being interviewed by more than one person speak to all of them and do not focus on one person.
  • Listen to the question and if you need further clarification ask. It is far better to take your time to answer the question than to waffle or miss the point altogether.
  • Sell yourself; this is your opportunity to explain what you’ve achieved.
  • Keep your answers factual and concise and always back achievements up with good solid examples.
  • Don’t be negative about your current or previous employers. If you are asked why you want to leave your current role avoid the temptation to be critical and instead talk about the reasons why you want to join Centrax.