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Are you keen to work with the latest technology and become a multi-skilled Maintenance Engineer? Our distribution centre at Castle Donington in the East Midlands has teamed up with Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) and Burton & South Derbyshire College to ensure our Maintenance Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) offers the most rounded learning experience possible.

If you hadn’t considered engineering in a retail environment, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you see our Distribution Centre. It’s 900,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art technology that is the cornerstone of our online customer shopping experience. Over 44 months, you’ll learn exactly what that entails. Your first 22 months will be spent in the Toyota Academy at Burnaston, Derbyshire learning engineering theory and more practical matters such as hand tools, welding, machining, robotics, power systems and electronics. In your second 22 months at Castle Donington, you’ll move into a live, hands-on maintenance engineering role, which will give you the opportunity to put your new skills into practice.

An open day is scheduled to take place on Thursday 21st March for prospective applicants. Please click here for more information on the evening and on how to apply.

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Shawn believes apprenticeships are key to developing engineering skills

WHAT WE LOOK FOR

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including Maths, English and Science or equivalent (expected or gained).
  • A passion for working with your hands, solving problems and getting to grips with the latest high-tech mechatronic, electrical, mechanical and fluid power equipment.
  • Ability to take on a role that requires outstanding attention to detail and work well as part of a team.
  • Patience and a willingness to work and study hard to progress on one of the most forward-looking apprenticeship schemes around.

The Benefits

  • Starting salary
  • Holiday
  • Store discount
  • Free uniform and safety wear

Further Discounts On:

  • Gym membership
  • Cinema tickets
  • Computers
  • Travel

Rob

Meet Rob

Before joining M&S, Rob was working and enjoyed fixing equipment but wasn’t sure about his next career steps as he thought you needed to attend university to have a career in Engineering. After looking at opportunities he found out that this wasn’t the case at all, and applied for the M&S apprenticeship programme. Now, he has the opportunity to learn and develop his engineering skills whilst being paid and carving out a career path for himself.

  • Thorough
  • Adaptable
  • Organised
  • Determined
  • Eager to learn
  • Hands-on

Brandon

Meet Brandon

During school, Brandon attended a mini course on Engineering and this sparked his interest in this area – he enjoyed the balance between theory and practical application, being hands on with a range of equipment, so wanted to join the M&S apprenticeship programme as he felt a college course didn’t provide the same learning opportunities. He’s learnt loads about motors, electricity, pneumatics and welding, even feeling confident to use some of his new found skills to fix his own car.

  • Thorough
  • Adaptable
  • Organised
  • Determined
  • Eager to learn
  • Hands-on

Josh

Meet Josh

Josh always knew he wanted to be an Engineer. At college he studied Engineering for 2 years and found out about the M&S apprenticeship scheme when he saw a flyer for it. He was attracted to this programme as he would be working for M&S but he also receives training at the Toyota Academy – what could be better! 18 months on and the programme is delivering for Josh and he can’t wait to move into the second part at M&S Castle Donington.

  • Thorough
  • Adaptable
  • Organised
  • Determined
  • Eager to learn
  • Hands-on

Adam

Meet Adam

At school, Adam studied Engineering as one of his GCSEs and believed that a practical style of work would be better suited to him. His dad and grandad had worked in engineering, and he decided he wanted to follow in their footsteps. Being local to Toyota he attended the open evening and discovered M&S were offering opportunities. The M&S brand attracted him and when he left school at 16 he joined their apprenticeship programme, and started his engineering career.

  • Thorough
  • Adaptable
  • Organised
  • Determined
  • Eager to learn
  • Hands-on

Shawn

Meet Shawn

Shawn started his apprenticeship in 1985, following in his dad’s footsteps at a local engineering firm, he learnt his engineering trade but he was also taught a great work ethic and attitude from the more experienced engineers who were his mentors. Whilst time has moved on and there have been advancements in technology and automation Shawn believes apprenticeships are key to developing engineering skills for now and in the future. His role as Engineering Training Manager enables him to give something back to the M&S apprentices by coaching, supporting and mentoring them to be successful.

  • Thorough
  • Adaptable
  • Organised
  • Determined
  • Eager to learn
  • Hands-on

History Of The Scheme

It’s amazing that our relationship with school leavers spans over 40 years. So if you’re thinking of joining this scheme, be assured you’ll be making history.

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Your Journey with M&S

  • 1

    Applications open

    25 Feb – 1 April

    Click here to apply now
  • 2

    Aptitude assessment

    April - May

    Five, short, paper-based tests at Toyota, Burnaston.

  • 3

    Assessment centres

    May - June

    Group exercise, manual dexterity test and interview at M&S, Castle Donington.

  • 4

    Offer

    June - July and if applicable exam results confirmation in August.

Your start date will be 2 September with M&S, and you will commence your apprenticeship programme at the Toyota Academy on 9 September

  • Part 1 – Months 1-22 at Toyota Academy, Burnaston

    Your first 22 months will be spent in the Toyota Academy at Burnaston, where you’ll learn about engineering theory and more practical matters such as: hand tools, welding, machining, robotics, power systems and electronics. Personal development courses will help you to build skills like teamwork and practical problem solving, and there will be a team building activity – meaning a month away. There will be some placement months at Castle Donington and you’ll begin your studies at Burton & South Derbyshire College.

  • Part 2 – Months 23-44 at Castle Donington

    Your second 22 months will be spent at Castle Donington. Here, you’ll build on your experiences at the Academy by moving into a live, hands-on maintenance engineering role, which will give you the opportunity to put your new skills into practice. On a technical level, you’ll learn about things like motors, protection and safety systems, digital electronics and sensing devices. You’ll continue your studies at Burton & South Derbyshire College and benefit from additional personal development courses.

    On completion of the programme and achievement of the Level 3 qualification, we anticipate permanent opportunities as a Maintenance Engineer will be available, where your career and development will continue on our Engineering development pathway.