The Academy

At Superior,
we’re passionate about excellence
in our people as well as our products.

That’s why we started our award-winning Academy, where we invest in our trainees, apprentices and graduates, enabling them to build a strong foundation for a career they love, in an environment in which they can thrive.

We know our Academy students are key to our ongoing success, so from the moment you join us, we’ll commit to nurturing and celebrating your talent. You’ll find and develop your strengths, with opportunities to gain hands-on experience, a solid education leading to recognised qualifications – and ultimately a job with Superior.

Superior has a long and successful track record of excellence in quality, service and design, so you can be confident you’re building your career with an industry leader.

Our strong family culture means we won’t just see you as a student; you’ll be a partner with the rest of the team in the Superior’s mission to innovate and pursue perfection in our field. Because it’s what we do together that really sets us apart.

Our Apprenticeship Programme is Now Open

Academy Areas

Aged between 16-18 and to earn while you lean? Have a look at the Superior Traineeship. Not only do you gain valuable work experience, but you also receive on the job training. You can then progress onto an apprenticeship afterwards.

• Starting age: 16-18
• Requirements: 3 GCSE grade D or above (English, maths and science)
• Length: 2 years
• Outcome: PEO – (Performing Engineering Operations) Level 2

Who’s it for?

Young people (ages 16-18), with three GCSEs at grade D or above in maths, science and English. You’ll have a passion for all things practical, a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn.

What will you do?

The programme has been specially designed to help young people to become better prepared for the workplace – by enabling them to achieve skills and a nationally recognised qualification, in a supportive environment that encourages ideas and fresh thinking.

You’ll spend your first month in our Superior Academy with our dedicated training manager, where you will learn the basics (and a bit more) of engineering and manufacturing, leading to opportunities within Superior in operations, or on to an apprenticeship with us.

What will you get?

You will achieve a nationally recognised engineering qualification: Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations.

Finished your A Levels and striving to succeed? You sound like an apprentice! Our highly commended apprenticeship scheme, accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), is looking for new recruits. You’ll learn all the basic engineering skills and then specialise in various departments across Superior.

• Starting age: 18-24
• Requirements: 3 A Levels Grade C or above (preferably science and maths)
• Length: Minimum 2 years up to 6 depending on chosen path
• Outcome: Minimum HNC and Level 3 NVQ up to Masters Degree

Who’s it for?

Young people (between 18 and 24), with three A levels at grade C or above (preferably in science and maths), who are looking for an alternative to university and would like to achieve recognised qualifications to degree level.

What will you do?

You’ll spend a year training in our Academy, with full support from our dedicated training manager, followed by a rotational placement in different areas around the organisation, where you’ll be supported and mentored by our technical experts.

What qualification will you get?

You will start with a HNC and Level 3 NVQ, with the option of continuing along the Academy pathway to the level you want – all the way to a masters degree. Our apprencticeship programme has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Reporting to the Head of Material Science, the graduate will work with the materials team supporting a number of material development projects ensuring that they meet the requirements of the brief and are completed within the agreed timelines and budgets.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assisting in design of experiments
  • Practical lab work using polymer processing machinery
  • Testing and analysis of experimental data to produce measurable, meaningful and marketable technical data to support material developments
  • Follow company processes and best practice methods to effectively support material developments
  • Work closely with product development, testing, operations to ensure coordination and timely delivery of material developments
  • Ensure regular and accurate reporting of project status to Project Leaders
  • Seek continuous improvement of processes within the Technical department
  • Building/maintaining business relationships with various external parties

Necessary Qualities/Experience

  • Degree level (e.g. Chemistry, physics, material science or related discipline)
  • Good time management and ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Able to follow instructions and keen attention to detail
  • Able to effectively overcome challenges using a proactive approach
  • Confident in all methods of communication
  • Able to work effectively by oneself and as part of a small and large team
  • Develop own knowledge through appropriate use of information sources
  • Assist with general laboratory duties as required
  • Competent to undertake own material research with minimum guidance

Desirable Qualities/Experience

  • Knowledge of elastomers and their areas of application, in particular EPDM,FKM,VMQ and HNBR
  • Knowledge of test procedures for characterisation of mechanical properties
  • Practical experience of material science ideally from working in a related laboratory environment

Meet the Apprentices

Nick

I am in the final year of my Apprenticeship studying towards my Master’s in Engineering. I have always been interested in engineering and the mechanical intricacy of products I see in day-to-day life. I had been offered a University place before deciding an apprenticeship was right for me, I felt that the real-world experience available from an apprenticeship was much more applicable to my career path in engineering, with the added-bonus of being able to earn a wage whilst attending college and ultimately university part time.

I applied for an Engineering Apprenticeship at Superior as they offered a fantastic opportunity to develop my existing knowledge and apply it to a working environment. Whilst completing an NVQ, I gained manual machining and finishing skills at Superior’s academy, which has given me invaluable practical experience

Apprenticeships offer a well-rounded experience, providing the foundations for further development. My apprenticeship has allowed me to continue my academic studies as I would have at University, whilst gaining invaluable experience for the future.

Ashleigh

I am a third-year Quality Engineering Apprentice. My role includes tasks such as: process auditing, working with the manufacturing team to create work instructions, project management, product validation and managing calibration for all measuring equipment, ovens and inspection machines.

After considering university and apprenticeships, I decided that for me, the benefits of an apprenticeship such as gaining qualifications, on the job experience and earning and learning outweighed those of a university place.

I knew I immediately wanted to work at Superior and be part of their team after I came in for my initial interview. Everyone was so friendly and it looked like a great place to work. I was completely over the moon to be accepted into the Apprenticeship Academy. Since then I have never looked back!

Susanna

I’m a fifth-year Material Science Apprentice. Whilst completing my A-levels, I initially applied for university in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. However, as the year progressed, I learnt more about apprenticeships and this option appealed to me more than university. I decided that an apprenticeship would suit my learning style and enable me to learn in a working environment. Furthermore, giving me the opportunity to gain the non-academic skills required for a career.

Whilst I was applying for apprenticeships, Superior stuck out for me as it was offering the higher apprenticeship and HNC (higher national certificate) from the beginning. This was different to every other company I applied to. My interest in the company grew as I had my interviews. I started to understand the company ethos and their interest in growing their own talent, this lead me to the decision that this was the apprenticeship for me. Since I have been here I have been supported through my qualifications and have gained invaluable experience.

Jamie

I am a fourth-year IT Engineering Apprentice. Upon joining Superior, I spent 6 months in the dedicated training Academy learning the engineering skills and insights needed to make the most of the working environment. I then had a placement in the design department, which developed into a more specific IT role; an area where my skill set is challenged.

In my search for an apprenticeship I attended many careers events in Poole and Bournemouth. I found that some employers were not interested in talking to me face to face, and would only take me seriously if I applied online. However, this was not the case with Superior. They showed interest from the start and clearly explained that the programme could be adapted to suit my interests.

Throughout school I have always learnt best by ‘doing and reviewing’, something I thought I would be limited on by attending University. I decided that an apprenticeship with on the job learning would be a more suitable environment for me. It was only through further research that I realised that degrees can also be achieved via apprenticeships with the part time on the job learning. This discovery further reinforced my desire to become an apprentice.

Download our brochure

Want to find out more about our Academy? Download our brochure here.

Our application process

1

Online form: Fill out the online form below attaching your CV and telling us what makes you superior

2

Comprehension test and a practical assessment: this will give us the chance to see where your skills can take you

3

Final interview: a brief face to face interview with the Head Of Academy and the Training Manager

Apply here

If you’d like to apply for one of our fantastic opportunities, complete the online form and attach your CV. Trainee and Apprentice recruitment starts every February.

If you are interested in work experience please email kbodman@superiorltd.com to find out more.