• Mechanical Apprenticeship (m/f/d)

Are you interested in technology?

Are you interested in setting up and converting assemblies of large production plants to optimise manufacturing processes?

Do you want to work in or lead a performance-oriented team?

Then a Mechanical Apprenticeship could be right for you.

become part of our investment into the future


Annual leave of 25 days plus bank holidays
Private Healthcare
Life insurance
Salary Sacrifice Pensions 
Salary Sacrifice Cycle to Work scheme
Enhanced sick pay


About you:

  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Willingness to learn new subjects and apply this to the work place
  • Well organised and motivated to independent studies
  • English, Maths and Science GCSE grade 9-4 / A*-C
  • Good IT Skills, in particular MS Office applications
  • Responsible and accountable
  • Interest in mechanical theory and practical application


Participate in daily operations in the mill, planned preventative and reactive maintenance of machinery and equipment, including:

  • Pumps changes and overhauls
  • Agitators
  • 100 tonne roll changes
  • Lubrication, hydraulic and pneumatic systems 
  • Site vehicle maintenance – Fork lift truck, shovel loaders
  • Chillers
  • Air compressors
  • Laser alignment
  • Welding
  • Lifting and slinging 
  • Condition monitoring - vibration analysis

Areas studied at college:

  • Turning
  • Milling
  • Welding
  • Maintenance of Pumps
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Additional training:

  • Use of hand and power tools
  • Workshop machinery
  • Understanding and reading technical drawings
  • Driving forklift trucks and shovel loaders 
  • Operation of overhead cranes and hoists
  • How to work safely and safety laws

Your education

To be trained in all technical aspects of the mechanical maintenance processes and complete the apprenticeship programme in accordance with the college and national requirements.

Location: College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn (Day release, once per week),
Mechanical Department at Palm Paper, King’s Lynn (4 days per week)    
    Reporting to: Training Supervisor Engineering or Appointed Mentor 
Contract length: 3 years 

After successfully completing a specific skill set in year 3, you will qualify with a Level 3 Maintenance Operation Engineering Technician certification and could become a Junior Engineer at Palm Paper.

Further education/development

Following successful completion of a mechanical competency skill set in year 4 at the mill, you could be promoted to a Mechanical Engineer. 

There is scope within the role to expand and develop personally with additional training through higher national qualifications, degrees or on specific subject matter.