Apprentices

You will receive a 6 monthly appraisal with your Line Manager, where you will discuss your performance.

neweb   18th February 2020  

Depending on the apprenticeship scheme, we currently work with NA College, Spire Road, Washington, Gateshead College, Team Valley, Gateshead and New College Durham, Durham​.

neweb   18th February 2020  

You would need to be 16 years of age to start in September.

There is no maximum age requirement, however please be aware all apprentices attend college together. ​

neweb   18th February 2020  

Yes - this will be provided at our Welcome Evening.

neweb   18th February 2020  

Depending on which apprenticeship scheme you have applied for this will be provided once area allocation has been confirmed for each department.

neweb   18th February 2020  

Most Departments are working two shifts - days 7:00 or 7:15hrs – 15:18 or 15:33hrs / lates 16:35 or 16:50hrs – 0:53 or 01:08hrs, with an earlier finish on Fridays (these times are subject to change).

Under 18s will finish late shift at 11pm and a taxi home can be arranged for those who do not drive.

Please note some departments are still working three shifts (days / lates / nights) and maintenance are currently on a 12 hr shift pattern.

Michael McHugh   18th February 2020  

As a company, we work with our Company Council and Unite as our recognized trade union, to negotiate and agree an annual pay deal every 2 years.  Any agreed increase is then applied to salaries in January.  In addition to this, we operate a performance related pay system, whereby employees receive a merit payment linked to their annual appraisal.

If you are on a trainee scheme or apprenticeship, the performance related pay system is slightly different, and more information can be found on the Apprentice Scheme pages.

Melanie   14th September 2016  

We have a free employee car park here at the Sunderland plant. When you arrive for your interview, you will need to report to our main security gatehouse. They will then direct you to the car park and lift the barrier for you to enter.

Sunderland only

Melanie   14th September 2016  

All new employees accrue holiday from their first day of employment.  You will receive 26 days holiday, plus public bank holidays, rising to a maximum of 30 days as your service increases.  Our holiday year runs from 1st January to 31st December.  10 days of your holiday entitlement will be taken during our annual summer shutdown period and a further 7 days will be taken for the Christmas shutdown.  The remaining holiday days can be booked off with the agreement of your line manager.

Some key departments, such as engineering and maintenance, may work some or all of the shutdown period.

Sunderland only

Melanie   14th September 2016