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Vacancy - Apprentice Development Engineer

Ball Packaging, the largest beverage container manufacturer in the world is looking to recruit an engineering apprentice in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

Closing date

31 May 2019

Apprenticeship summary

  • Working week
    • Our core hours of work are 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday with half an hour for lunch which will be unpaid.
    • Total hours per week: 37.50
  • Annual wage

£12,000.00 - £15,000.00

  • Expected duration

4 years

  • Possible start date

02 Sep 2019

  • Apprenticeship level

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Positions

1 available

Vacancy description

•           Help the department achieve year on year material cost reduction by developing processes, setting specifications and designing tools that allow can lightweighting and downgauging of containers

•           Support capital projects through production can and metal forming machine specifications, and tooling design, designation, and procurement.

•           Support the plants drive for improved quality and efficiency and reduced spoilage and operating costs by reviewing tooling design and modifying where appropriate.

•           Assist improving quality & manufacturing efficiency and reduce production cost of the existing cans through improved can tooling & process designs

•           Participate in capital projects by assisting with specifications of production machines, toolroom equipment, tooling, preparing tooling designs, procurement and assisting with commissioning.

•           To develop and perform tests on modified can designs in order to evaluate performance before full line trial

•           Maintain container and tooling specifications

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

•           Computer software - Excel, Word, PowerPoint.

•           Excellent Communication

•           Good planning skills

•           Time management

Personal qualities

•           Attention to detail

•           Collaborates effectively

•           Ethics and values

•           Team player

•           Action oriented

Desired qualifications

A minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications) at grade 5 and above including English, Science and Maths.

Future prospects

Full Development engineer roles.

Things to consider

  • Largely computer based work – specifications, emails, drawings, etc.
  • Mainly office based, but some travel to support engineers (worldwide)
  • Metrology (measurement) work

Our core hours of work are 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday with half an hour for lunch which will be unpaid.  However, there is some flexibility around the hours of work dependent on the department needs and these should be discussed and agreed with their manager. The choice of patterns are 8.00am to 4.00pm, 8.30am to 4.30pm or 9.00am to 5.00pm.  Total working hours in a week – 37.5hrs.

About the employer




Ball Packaging are the largest beverage container manufacturer in the world. Founded in 1880, the company employs more than 17,500 people worldwide.

Five brothers founded Ball in 1880 with a $200 loan from their Uncle George. In the beginning, they made wood-jacketed tin cans for products like paint and kerosene, but soon expanded their offerings to glass- and tin-jacketed containers. In 1884, the brothers began making glass home-canning jars, the product that established Ball as a household name. The brothers—Edmund, Frank, George, Lucius and William—moved the company from Buffalo, New York, to Muncie, Indiana, in 1887 to take advantage of abundant natural gas reserves essential to making glass.

Ball grew rapidly in the ensuing decade and has been in more than 45 businesses since its founding. Ball no longer manufactures the ubiquitous canning jars, but we’ve expanded and grown into a worldwide metal packaging company that makes billions of recyclable metal containers, and a unique aerospace business that designs one-of-a-kind solutions to answer scientific and technical challenges. We manufacture on four continents and we’re based in Broomfield, Colorado. For a more detailed journey through Ball’s successes, visit our timeline.



Delaware Drive

Milton Keynes

MK15 8HG

Employer's application instructions

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Training provider

Training to be provided

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. The first year will be spent completing both competence and knowledge qualifications with subsequent years spent in company completing the company training plan and further competence qualifications.

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering Technician

Training provider



  • Yvette Garcia-Mier
  • 01993882008