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Title:  Apprentice- Engineering

Requisition ID:  50382
Date:  Aug 3, 2022

Bodmin, Cornwall, GB

Department:  Operations



Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Job Summary:

In this role you will undertake a specified training programme both on and off the job in the form of an apprenticeship to enable the role holder to:

  • Learn the skills required to manufacture, maintain and repair plastic & rubber moulds, MTDs and tool components.
  • Support colleagues, Section Leaders and Managers in meeting all quality, delivery and cost objectives.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Undertake appropriate off the job academic training and education to achieve the required industry standards of a modern apprenticeship, and any additional studies required to meet agreed qualifications.
  • On time completion of any written records of achievement as required by any external body as part of the academic studies.
  • To carry out other duties as may be required from time to time by your line manager and temporarily transfer to other departments as dictated by workload requirements.
  • Report any problems or irregularities which are outside your control to your line manager or other appropriate person.
  • Ensure adherence to drawing specification.
  • Learn to set and operate various manual and CNC toolroom machinery including mills, lathes surface grinders, cylindrical grinders, EDM machines etc.
  • Lean how to carry out problem investigation & identification on rubber & plastic moulds and MTDs.
  • Learn how to operate other machinery as required (within training matrix qualification limits).
  • Meeting & maintaining delivery objectives.
  • Learn & adhere to routine machine maintenance schedules.
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Required: GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English, GCSE Science
  • Desirable: GCSE Design, NVQ2 Engineering


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Desirable: Previous work experience/experience in a toolroom/engineering environment
  • Be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Support and contribute in Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target
  • Able to comply with the company’s environmental policy at all times
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety policy at all times
  • Able to comply with the company’s quality policy at all times.
  • It is the Quality Policy of West Pharmaceutical Services Cornwall Ltd, to plan and control its activities to ensure that all products and services conform to the requirements of our customers and provide full customer satisfaction. The principle objective is to supply products that are cost effective without prejudice to the required standard of performance, reliability and quality. Accountability for the implementation of this Policy is delegated through this Job specification. All employees must conduct activities in accordance with the company Quality Policies/Procedures at all times.
  • Achieve the standards required at all times that enable the role holder to meet the training standards of both in house West, and those of any external qualifying bodies.
  • Comply with company cGMP regulations.
  • Accurately record all details as required on company documents.
  • Undertake all necessary training and re-training to be able to undertake all aspects of the job.


Health, Safety & Environment

  • To ensure that the company Health, Safety and Environmental Policies and other safety regulations are upheld throughout the site and factory reporting any irregularities to your line manager.
  • Report near miss accidents or incidents at the earliest opportunity in the appropriate report books.
  • Be compliant with any machine instructions, & responsible for the proper use of all equipment assets within the work area.
  • Ensure that your work area(s) are kept clean and tidy at all times.
  • Ensure Health, Safety and Environmental compliance.
  • Ensure correct use of PPE.







West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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