Job description: 

Automation and Control Engineering Technician, install, maintain, fault find and optimise hardware and software for automation systems. Typically, this involves the above duties across a range of hardware such as on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), the use of physical tools, software tools and instruments to carry out tasks associated with building, installing and maintaining of automation systems.

Skills required:

Problem solving:

Ability to approach problems in a logical and structured manner aiming to generate effective solutions

Communication skills:

  • Convey or share ideas and feelings effectively using verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate effective listening and questioning skills


Works well in a team and contributes towards individual and team goals

Computer literacy:

Knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes including word & excel

Personal qualities the candidate must have:

Purpose & service:

  • Works from purpose for the good of others
  • Knows what their own purpose is/what motivates them
  • Communicates with enthusiasm about the specific role requirements/programme applied for
  • Has a realistic understanding of the programme requirements and expectations

 Personal mastery

  • Always brings their best self
  • Makes an immediate and positive impact on others
  • Manages own emotions, remaining calm and effective during stressful times
  • Present and focused in the moment, attends to tasks and people to make conscious decisions
  • Acknowledges their limits of personal knowledge, skills, and expertise


  • Constantly curious and courageous
  • Sharing success and failures with others, reflecting on learnings
  • Proactively taking actions to constantly learn and improve, seeking feedback from colleagues
  • Adapts quickly to change by modifying behaviour and approach


A passion to learn how things work and a desire to actively participate in seeking solutions/improvements

Employer description:

Unilever is one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, pioneering & innovating for over 120 years & enhancing the lives of over 2.5 billion consumers every day using our products to feel good, look good and get more out of life.

Producing over 400 brands across 190 countries gives us a unique opportunity to create positive change, grow our business and achieve our purpose of making sustainable living commonplace. Our products range from nutritious foods, household care essentials, indulgent ice creams, refreshing teas, luxurious shampoos, disease combating soaps and many more. This means you will find at least one of our products in seven out of ten households on the planet. By joining our Engineering team as an apprentice, you will become part of our inclusive community of over 8000 of the most highly skilled Engineers worldwide, spanning across 320+ factories. Working together, supporting each other, and implementing the latest technology and design to build ground-breaking solutions and innovations.

Things to consider:

Throughout programme apprentices are required to attend the University of Sheffield AMRC training centre in Sheffield, for example, 1 day per month which will require travel and overnight hotel accommodation. 

Please note the AMRC reserve the right to close applications ahead of the published closing date.

Qualification Requirements:

Higher Apprenticeship entry requirements

Already employed in a suitable engineering role or have relevant engineering experience.

In addition, ONE of the following:

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering overall grade DM (Distinction Merit) or higher.
  • A minimum of two A-Levels at grade 5 (or C) or above, including mathematics-based subject and a science, technology, engineering, or an additional mathematics-related subject.
  • EAL Diploma in an engineering-based subject at M (Merit) or above.
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Cambridge Technical Levels at MM (Merit Merit) or above.

Plus A minimum of three GCSEs at grade 5 (or C) or above, in mathematics, English and a science, technology or engineering-related subject.

Applicants are required to successfully complete the AMRC and employer recruitment and selection process to secure a place on an apprenticeship programme.