Apprentice Ceramic Development Technologist (BEng Materials Technology) International Syalons (Newcastle) Ltd

Reporting to the Technical Director, the apprentice will be expected to work ‘hands-on’, carefully and precisely across multiple internally and externally driven advanced ceramic projects to produce accurate, reliable and well documented results.

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Apprenticeship summary


  • To study diligently the field of materials technology, particularly advanced ceramic engineering
  • To keep detailed project notes and records up to date
  • To work practically in the preparation of ceramic materials, and perform testing of material samples
  • To operate equipment, be flexible in performing tasks, and assist production departments where necessary
  • To assist in the scheduled maintenance and calibration of equipment
  • To ensure work areas and equipment are kept clean and in good working order
  • To adhere closely to health and safety policy and use appropriate PPE
  • To work at all times in accordance with the company’s quality control systems and follow company procedures
  • Weekly wage

    £165.30 - £311.98

  • Working week

    Mon to Thurs 08:00 -16:00, Fri 06:00-12:00

    Total hours per week: 38.00

  • Expected duration

    3 years

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  • Closing date


  • Standards

    Materials Science Technologist

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Requirements and prospects

Desired Skills

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good IT skills (Microsoft Excel and Word)

Personal qualities

  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of staff
  • Ability to perform tasks carefully and diligently
  • Ability to follow instructions in a safe manner, and in accordance with established procedures

Desired qualifications

Typically: 112 UCAS points

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications to include mathematics or a mathematics-based subject to at least AS level. For example:

  • BBC at A Level including mathematics or a mathematics-based subject plus at least one other from physics, physical science, engineering science, computer science, technology, chemistry or other science or technology subject
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a science or technology-based subject (including passes in mathematics and two other science or technology-based modules)
  • A combination of qualifications which must include mathematics or a mathematics-based subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

GCSE or equivalents:

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

Future prospects

Continued support with personal development and career progression.

Things to consider

Equality, diversity and inclusion are essential to our academic and business strengths. We believe that excellence comes through recognising the value of each individual.

Sheffield Hallam University welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.


  • No University tuition fees
  • 25 days’ holiday per year
  • Pension

About the Employer

International Syalons are an innovative materials company focused on manufacturing and developing advanced technical ceramics. We are now looking to expand our development efforts and are seeking to recruit a highly motivated Apprentice Ceramic Development Technologist.


International Syalons (Newcastle) Ltd