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Apprentice Fire Safety Engineer - Manchester




Fire Safety

Employment type

Full time

Contract type




Key Info

  • Location: Manchester
  • Anticipated start: September 2023
  • Deadline for applications: Friday 16 July 2023
  • We are not able to provide a Skilled Worker visa for this position. You will need to be eligible to work in the UK without our sponsorship to be considered for this role. Please do not apply if you have limited leave to enter or remain in the UK e.g. a visitor visa, a student/graduate visa or an employer-sponsored visa from a previous employer. 

Looking to kickstart your career or wanting a career change?

Here’s a fantastic opportunity for you to join our highly experienced Fire Safety team as an Apprentice Fire Safety Engineer.

You will learn how to design sustainable buildings of all shapes, sizes and uses; from hospitals to homes, from data centres to offices, and so much more!

Our apprenticeship programme allows an opportunity to study for an academic qualification as well as gaining professional experience on our projects at the same time! You will be able to develop your technical skills through a variety of projects that you will take on as well as being supported in the development of your softer skills through our early careers learning and development program: ‘The Learning Curve’. We are looking to welcome an apprentice who is eager to learn and develop a career in sustainable building design.

What the role looks like

You will:

  • Work with us full time
  • Attend UCLAN on two week blocks, four times every academic year (part-time)
  • Gain a BEng (Hons) Fire Safety Engineer qualification (Apprenticeship)

Our lively Manchester team will welcome you to work within the Fire Safety Division, in both the fire engineering team and fire risk management team working on projects throughout the RIBA stages and the built environment. The team work on a diverse range of projects which range from new build schemes to assessing risk in the built environment, working closely with a small team who will assist you in becoming proficient in all aspects of fire safety engineering and risk management. The pathway will follow the unit modules of the degree where you will gain on the job knowledge, skills and behaviours through practical application.

In the course, you will learn technical content at university and simultaneously learn how to apply these skills practically in the workplace. We fully fund you throughout your studies, supporting you through mentoring, as well as on-the-job training through ‘The Learning Curve’.

What you will learn with us

  • Research and critically evaluate complex fire engineering systems, products and processes;
  • Apply advanced mathematical, scientific and engineering principles, methods and modelling to the design of fire engineering solutions;
  • Contribute to the planning and assessing of appropriate design solutions and contribute to their refinement, evaluation and quality improvement;
  • Apply appropriate and relevant specialist fire safety guidance and codes of practice;
  • Contribute to the development, assessment and quantification of acceptable alternative solutions where proprietary solutions will not work due to bespoke/unique nature of the built environment;
  • Contribute to production and review of technical fire safety reports following appropriate methodologies and applying current and relevant legislation;
  • Use risk assessment and safe systems of work to keep self and others safe;

What will you need to succeed?

  • UCAS: 104 points at A2 including Grade C in A Level Maths and Physics/STEM
  • GCSEs: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths and English or equivalent
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in Engineering, including Merit in Maths units
  • BTEC Diploma: D*D including sufficient Science
  • T Level: M including Maths and Physics or STEM IELTS: 6.0
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: Pass including 104 points from Higher Level subjects including relevant Science at Higher Level
  • A keen attitude to learning and enthusiasm to achieve in the workplace and in your studies
  • Strong numeracy skills
  • Confident communication skills both written and verbal
  • Enjoy learning how to use the latest digital technology
  • Full UK driving license

What's great about Hydrock 'in a nutshell'

We are a British-owned integrated multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy of over 900 staff in 21 offices across the UK. Our driving motivation is to be a ‘force for good’, as it is our aim to positively contribute to people’s lives including our employees, communities we work in, clients we work with and our planet as a whole. 

From the buildings that surround you, the roads and bridges you cross, all related to the infrastructure that we create, we aim to offer the most sustainable possibilities to shape the places, communities and society that we live in through meeting our client’s needs. Through the path we are on to delivering a green future, the result is something that everyone can be proud of.

Our welcoming and friendly culture is something we are proud of and has gained us recognition with 9 years in the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For list.  Check out some of our incredible projects which have been awarded: 2022 Net Zero Award for Bay Technology Centre, Integration and Collaborative Working Award for YGG Tan-y-Lan primary school, The Deaf Academy awarded for its Universal Design at the 2022 Civic Trust Awards and Bristol’s iconic waterfront Wapping Wharf Living making a double win at the Bristol Property Awards!

To top off, here’s our 2022 wrap up video!

What we can offer

  • Inspiring and supportive colleagues
  • Reward for progression and hard work
  • An opportunity to develop your soft skills on “The Learning Curve” program
  • Competitive starting salary
  • Excellent health benefits
  • 25 days of holiday (buy/sell up to five days)
  • An earlier finish on Friday (4pm!)
  • An opportunity to give back: “Day off for good cause” (on a workday)
  • A huge range of flexible benefits
  • Our biggest event of the year: Annual Challenge Day!

A place to feel included

We champion diversity, equity and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we commit to supporting our employees and ensure we create a safe environment that nurtures you to perform at your best. Offering our people flexibility is an important factor in achieving this aim! 

We consider all applications individually with the required qualifications and knowledge without regard to any of the protected characteristics. We would like to provide everyone with a fair selection, assessment and employment experience so we ask that we are made aware of any physical or neurodiverse condition within your application, for which appropriate reasonable adjustments can be made by us.

Looking for the next steps?

  • Once you have completed your application through our careers site, we will be in touch with you as soon as we’ve considered your application alongside others for this role.
  • Typically, this can take several weeks so if you haven't heard back from us, not to worry, your application is still actively being considered!
  • With the high volume of applications, we are unable to provide ad hoc updates on the progress of applications. However, we will contact you when decisions have been made.

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