Modern Apprenticeship - Maintenance Engineers (Mechanical and Electrical)

Temporary/Fixed Term
4 Year Apprenticeship
Various locations across Scotland
Not Applicable
Starting at £20,208
Closing date
03/04/2023, 10:00
Normal Office Hours
Full-Time - 37 Hours

A number of exciting opportunities have arisen within the SPS for Modern Apprentice Maintenance Engineers across Scotland. We are looking for individuals mature in outlook, self-motivated, with good communication skills and flexible in approach to work and committed to further personal development.

Who we are?

With an ever-changing prisoner population, our aim is to ensure that our workforce reflects Scotland’s diversity, delivering activities and services which have the capacity and capability to help transform the lives of those in our care to make them more responsible citizens and in turn making Scotland a safer place to live. To do so, we need to ensure our prison Estate is effectively maintained.

Our modern apprenticeships are an exciting, blended approach of in-college and on-the-job learning.  Whilst carrying out an engineering role within the SPS, you will play a key role in designing, maintaining, repairing and installing systems on the varied SPS Estate. 

How does the programme work?

As a Modern Apprentice you will follow a structured training programme and carry out appropriate training tasks required to attain a full technical apprenticeship as an electrical or mechanical Maintenance Engineer. This will involve both on and off-site training. You will be based mainly at one primary location, however, if the learning needs dictate you may be required to work at other sites.

You will work as part of a diverse team alongside technical staff including Maintenance Managers, Technical Managers, Maintenance Engineers and Maintenance Operatives.

On successful completion of your 4 years training you will become a fully qualified Electrical Maintenance Engineer or Mechanical Maintenance Engineer as set out below.

Locations and Specialism 

  • HMP Shotts - Mechanical
  • HMP Barlinnie - Mechanical
  • HMP Low Moss (Bishopbriggs) - Mechanical
  • HMP Greenock- Mechanical
  • HMP & YOI Cornton Vale (soon to be HMP & YOI Stirling) - Mechanical
  • HMP Perth - Mechanical and Electrical 
  • HMP Inverness - Electrical 

What are the rewards?

The Real Living Wage determines our Apprentice salary, which means we offer very competitive starting salaries for our apprenticeships along with an attractive benefits package;

  • Commitment to your personal and professional development
  • Annual Leave - 34 days
  • Employee Savings scheme, including Cycle to Work
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Sick Pay
  • All tools and PPE provided.
  • Discounts at high street stores, supermarkets and restaurants through our partners at Blue Light Card, Edenred and Civil Service

With everything you can learn here, and the long-term opportunities we have on offer, the Scottish Prison Service Maintenance Engineer apprenticeship could just be the best decision you’ve ever made!

To participate in planned and reactive maintenance and project works throughout the SPS estate to all building services plant, equipment, and systems. This will be carried out under the guidance and supervision of the Technical Manager, Maintenance Engineers, or an approved specialist contractor.
Learn how to use all relevant tools and equipment within safety guidelines, interpret information from technical sources, carry out planned preventative maintenance, inspection and testing in accordance with agreed procedures and statutory requirements. Develop fault finding skills and use the various IT based systems (e.g. Microsoft packages, Auto CAD, CMMS (Computerised Maintenance Management System), Building Management Systems etc.)
To learn to follow Industry guidelines, SPS policies and procedures, manufacturers' recommendations, and the various legislative requirements.
Be aware of and follow SPS policies and procedures and learn how to identify risks, and then take the necessary action to mitigate risks.
Complete all report sheets, apprentice logbooks etc, as necessary and obtain all appropriate qualifications and certifications. Undertake training relevant to the Modern Apprenticeship framework and the SPS apprentice’s charter.
Work flexibly and provide technical support to other engineers within the team, when required, to carry out other duties as may reasonably be expected.
Person Specification

SPS recruitment and selection practice is based on the fundamentals of our Behavioural Competency Framework. This identifies behaviours and standards required both of applicants seeking to join us, and our staff in their respective roles. Assessment of specific behaviours, of which there are twelve, will be determined by the role you are applying for. Whilst it is unlikely you will be assessed on all of them , you will be assessed on these identified as key to role.

Qualifications Requirements

A minimum of three National 5 (or equivalent or higher level) qualifications including Maths and two National 4 (or equivalent or higher level) qualifications including English, and Physics or a relevant technical subject (e.g. Woodwork, Graphic Communication, Design and Manufacture, Technical Studies).


A commitment to further personal development through practical and academic learning. 


Experience Requirements

Evidence of technical experience, including school or project work, hobbies & interests.



Knowledge Skills Requirements

Ability to work individually and as part of a team to achieve a goal. 


Ability to plan and prioritise your workload. 


Flexible in your approach. 


Hold a full driving licence or working towards a driving licence or the ability to reach required sites within an agreed travel time. 


Cognitive Ability Test
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This opportunity is closed to applications.