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Due to continued business growth, we are looking for an experienced Electrical Assessor to join our team!  Waterside specialises in Electrical and Mechanical engineering for industry, working with some of the biggest names in food, drink, plastics, pharmaceuticals and chemicals in the North West.  Our team has in-depth expertise of industrial plant and processes, and we set a high standard of training for our growing base of apprentices and workforce learners.

The role is flexible and we are looking for either a part time or full time person to join our team.

This role is to develop the skills of apprentices and workforce employees in an industrial environment in delivering Engineering Apprenticeships. You will be setting the highest technical standards in Electrical Maintenance Engineering and inspire learners to reach their full potential, as well as working closely with our client representatives throughout the learning programmes. The Electrical Assessor will provide support and guidance to apprentices and workplace employees by inspiring learner’s to reach their full potential.

As an Electrical Assessor, you will manage and assess a group of learners currently undertaking an Engineering Maintenance programme or Workforce Development assessing to NVQ Level 3 standards or equivalent apprenticeship standards.

A key part of the assessing role will be liaising, organising and carrying out reviews, action planning work and carrying out observations and assessments to track learner progress and provide feedback to the learner and the client representatives developing relationships between both parties identifying and monitoring sufficient work placements for learners, planning, organising and preparing candidate visits in their working environment relevant to the applicable apprenticeship standards.

To assess candidate’s performance to applicable standards, carry out reviews, observations and assessments in line with the standards and complete the necessary paperwork and electronic systems to update learner progress and keep accurate records for each learner. Give guidance, direction and learning to reduce any gaps in learning.

In line with organising reviews and reporting on apprentice performance you will need to proactively liaise with both learner and client site at all times to organise meetings and during review meetings provide full support and feedback on progress to both parties. As part of the review process you may need to give the appropriate guidance on work based performance.

As part of the assessment team, you will also be required to provide support to the recruitment and induction process by assisting with the process, including supporting school career events and equivalent marketing events.

In line with Health and Safety requirements of students on placement you will need to carry out Health and Safety Audits when required and work within policies on Health and Safety and Equal Opportunities as specified in the Waterside Employee Handbook.

You will be responsible for maintaining your own diary and work autonomously, keeping to agreed timescales in a busy office. You will be required to travel to various locations to complete reviews and observations of the learner. As some local and UK Travel will be a requirement of this position, a car and full clean driving licence will be required for this post.

You will undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and training in relation to the job role and to undertake any other duties relevant to the grade of this post.

Candidates should have served an Electrical Engineering Maintenance apprenticeship and obtain an NVQ Level 3 and HNC Level 4 in Electrical Engineering. An assessing qualification of either CAVA, TAQA, A Units or TDBL D32/D33 will be required, however, training will be given if an assessing qualification is vacant.

The candidate should be a good team player with the ability to work flexibly and autonomously to plan and organise workload along with being able to confidently communicate with learners and representatives to meet their learning needs.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your C.V. with covering letter for the attention of Miss Kathryn J. Kirby, H.R. Officer or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications closing 22 June 2018



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So what approaches can maintenance staff take to get the bottom of the issue quickly?

ABB ACS150 drives on Electrical Maintenance course
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Year 10 student creating an electromagnet
A group of Year 10 students from Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Widnes recently attended at an engineering taster day at Waterside Training.  The students gained first hand experience of practical mechanical and electrical engineering activities.  These included stripping and rebuilding pneumatic cylinders, correctly re-assembling a bolt arrangement, wiring up electrical plugs and creating basic electromagnets.  Manufacturing topics were also covered through a lean manufacturing game.

Kathryn Kirby (l) presents the Young Engineer/Scientist award to Tegan McCann (r)
Waterside Training was proud to sponsor the recent Wigan and Leigh Education awards held on June 27th.  Our congratulations go to Tegan McCann who won the Young Engineer/Scientist of the Year prize sponsored by Waterside.  Tegan has gained a scholarship with NASA and will be heading to the University of Arizona this summer.  We wish her the very best of luck, she has an exciting future ahead!

electrical mechanical engineering apprenticeship


Waterside is holding an open evening, where you can find out much more about engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships.  We specialise in apprenticeships for industry, where there is a strong demand for electrical and mechanical engineers as well as highly capable process technicians

You could end up working with a major manufacturer or industrial firm, including some big brand name companies.  We work with major multinationals in food, drink, plastics, pharmaceuticals and chemicals.