OPS/TH/61 - Apprentice Depot Operator

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Posted: 22/12/2020 15:31
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: 11,740
Location: Thanckes OFD
Level: Operative
Deadline: 01/03/2021 23:59
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: Standard
Job Type: Permanent


Apprentice Depot Operator

(Location: Thanckes, Torpoint, Cornwall)

The role: A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for an apprentice Depot Operator to join the team at our Thanckes OFD (Oil Fuel Depot), at Pengelly Lane, Torpoint, England.

The successful candidate will be enrolled on a brand new, 30 month Bulk Liquid Terminal Apprenticeship programme.

The Bulk Liquid Terminal Apprenticeship Program has been designed to develop your expertise across a breadth of operational and technical areas of the business.  Your plant based training program is supported by a nationally recognised apprentice standard (Level 3 Diploma Qualification for a Bulk Storage Operator Technician).  We support the apprentice standard with all the relevant technical certificates to enable our apprentices to develop their skills in all aspects of Terminal Operations. You will not only gain valuable skills and knowledge around Terminal Operations, but you will also learn all aspects about working within a COMAH Bulk Liquid Operational Site.

In the area of Process Safety, you will gain valuable insights into all aspects of Process Safety study techniques, COMAH requirements, Human Factors and Functional Safety. We provide a positive environment together with a strong safety and team working culture. The programme is delivered in conjunction with Reynolds Training Services and DN Colleges Group.

The first year (approximately 30 weeks) will be based at the Depot and HCF Catch Training Facility in Immingham. The first year will be structured around a term time framework with the successful candidate required to attend the HCF Catch Training Facility over a number of weeks.

The remaining 18 months is primarily based at the OFD Thanckes under a mentorship programme with the successful candidate spending allocated weeks during each month back at the Catch Training Facility in Immingham.

Our Bulk Liquid Terminal Apprenticeship Program will ensure a well-rounded exposure to all of the areas of Depot Operations and we will provide you with the opportunity to make a genuine impact in a company with a pioneering spirit.


Here are some of the tasks that the successful candidates will be doing:

  • Routine operation of fuel storage plant and equipment, including cleaning, painting and lubricating,
  • Routine operation of pumping systems,
  • System configuration,
  • Operation of Oil Water separators,
  • Operate as part of the team for the receipt/ issue of Petroleum Products to authorised customers,
  • Rigging and assist with testing of fuelling hoses,
  • Slinging operations,
  • Manual tank dipping,
  • Product sampling,
  • Fuel measurement before, during and after issues, receipts and returns,
  • Operation of a range of machinery and pumps used in the storage and fuelling operations.

The candidate: We are looking for Candidates who are hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and keen to learn and develop themselves within the Bulk Liquid Storage Industry.  You need to be able to demonstrate good communication and problem solving skills and that you are able to work as part of a team.

You must have minimum qualifications of National 4/Intermediate1/Credit Standard Grade in Maths, English and / or a Science.

Remuneration: The starting salary is £11,740 per year (dependant on age raising to £20,200 in the final year of the apprenticeship).  The hours are 7.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Thursday and 7.30am to 12.30pm Friday (37 hours per week). Once you are fully trained, qualified and have gained sufficient experience, your salary will increase through the organisations pay grades and spines structure.

Progression: Whilst this vacancy is for an Apprentice Depot Operator at our Thanckes OFD, we offer opportunities for individuals to develop their careers across other aspects of the OPA business (Operation Managers, Depot Manager, Fuel Supervisors, Mechanical Technician, Process Safety Engineer etc).

How to apply: Please send your covering letter, attached as the first page to your CV, on a Word format document by clicking on the “Apply Now” link below. Please note applications will only be accepted in Word document format.


Closing date:                      1 March 2021

Interviews to be held:     End of March 2021

Possible start date:          June 2021


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