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The Search is on for Two Apprentices at Local Engineering Company
March 2014

Chesterfield-based engineering company, Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd (VWS), is working with the Sector Skills Council For Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA) to recruit two level two intermediate apprentices to work at their installation workshops.

VWS are the UK market leader in vehicle weighing, and design, manufacture and install a wide range of load cells, on-board and bin weighing systems.  It is the first and only company in the UK to produce its own weights and measures approved bin-weighing system.


SEMTA supports organisations by providing cost-effective apprenticeship, training and qualifications programmes.


The two new apprentices will learn how to install and repair on-board weighing systems, fabricate weighing components for different types of commercial vehicles, and calibrate & test weighing systems.  Working in a machine shop setting the new recruits will be trained how to use a variety of tools and equipment such as drills, saws and a guillotine. Successful applicants will join a structured SEMTA Apprenticeship Service Intermediate Apprenticeship In Engineering programme where they will complete a Level 2 NVQ Diploma relevant to their job role and a Level 2 Technical Certificate at a local College.


Candidates need to have good practical ability, be flexible and willing to learn.  No formal qualifications are required, except basic maths and english ability.


Shaun Hamilton, VWS said: “The right attitude is more important than qualifications.  We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, hard workers and ready to learn.”


The company has invested significant resources into its Chesterfield premises, which were recently officially opened by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins. The new facilities include a purpose built lifting system that will lift any size of vehicle and a unique 15 m long testing ramp, set at 9º, to test the repeatability of accurate weighing on vehicles as they tilt, rise and fall. New telephone and computer systems have been installed and there are plans to invest at least another £300k into developing facilities at the site.


Interested candidates should contact Shaun Hamilton directly on Tel: 0118 946 1900 or email

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