Advanced Apprentice Technical Engineer


Adient is the largest global automotive seating supplier, supporting all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through superior quality, technology and performance.  We are located right where our customers need us, with 238 manufacturing facilities, across 34 countries and have globally 85,000 employees and a turnover of in excess of 16 Billion dollars annually.


Vacancy description

Adient are seeking to employ and train one Technical Apprentice to be part of the Company’s exciting future development and growth plan. You will be highly trained to work in the world of manufacturing/engineering within a lean production environment.

During your apprenticeship you will be given a broad base of knowledge in many areas of specialism including Mechanical, Chemical, and Lean Manufacturing Principles, before being given the opportunity to specialise in Chemical Process Design and Project work.

You will join the team at our Wednesbury Foam Plant, where the latest technology is used in a fast-paced automotive arena to produce high quality products. 

In Wednesbury our vision is to be the foam supplier of choice in the UK. We lead global excellence in foam manufacturing. As a team, we are engaged with our work and passionate about Wednesbury. Joining us will mean that you will buy into this vision, we will engage with you and you with us.

Our programme allows you to ‘learn while you earn’, receiving professional training while you gain your qualifications. As your independence grows, you’ll be able to actively apply your knowledge with hands-on work, contributing to the plant’s performance. With combined support from experienced Adient colleagues and EEF Ltd, you’ll be prepared for an exciting career. You will be a paid member of the Adient team, spending the majority of your time at EEF’s new training facility in your first year, before joining us at the Wednesbury plant for the majority of your time from year two.

As a plant, we use the very latest technology to produce the highest quality products.  At the start of our program we will be introducing to this, in a hands on and active manner. Working closely with our Engineering and Process teams you will be guided and supported to become the best you can be.

Working within these departments, you will learn about how modern manufacturing plants operate using Lean methodologies.  You will grow to take on responsibilities in maintaining and controlling multi millions of pounds of equipment, which is used to service all of the UK major car manufacturers with little room for error.  To do this effectively, some more specific duties will include:

  • Participating in cross functional teams
  • Ensuring all machines and tools are effectively operated to an acceptable level of performance
  • Using Lean methodologies within the working area and ensuring machinery and work areas are cleaned and maintained
  • Assisting in the control of our production lines, learning about the chemical formulations and process equipment operation.
  • Assist in the measurement and inspection of form learning about the relationships between production equipment and the quality of the product.
  • Assisting and performing general housekeeping duties to keep tools tidy and safe.
  • Ensuring continued communication and good relationships with external and internal customers.
  • Supporting the implementation of KPIs to monitor performance internally, and externally.
  • To comply with all Health and Safety policies across Adient.
  • Carrying out any other duties appropriate to this post, as necessary or as requested.


Training to be provided

  • NVQ level 3

  • A Technical Certificate (BTEC Diploma Level 3 or City and Guilds Level 3)

  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills award

  • Functional Skills at level 2 in English, maths and ICT, as required


  • Specific in-house training:

  • Online training courses (e.g. product knowledge, Anti Bribery and Corruption, Competition Law, Critical Engineering Induction)

  • Health and Safety Training courses (PPE, fire awareness, DSE etc)

  • Lean awareness training

  • Any other additional training as and when required if applicable to the role


Desired qualifications

3 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent (Including mathematics and English Language).


Things to consider

Successful apprentices would receive an apprenticeship agreement which details all the terms and conditions of the apprenticeship. This would also include the details regarding working hours within the business as a core but also what the apprentice would be required to work and whether this included working a rotating shift pattern which involves early starts and late evenings.

Successful apprentices would be provided with training and development opportunities and would also be required to ensure that they are abide by the Company and EEF’s Health and Safety policies and procedures including the use of PPE. 

Our Company site is located within an industrial estate near Wednesbury Town centre. There is a local tram station in easy walking distance with trams running regularly to Birmingham city centre and Wolverhampton; other local transport links service the town centre; the site also has a private car park for employees only.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 1st November 2018.

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