Rope technician Apprentice (Bridon-Bekaert)

Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group

General Description

A Rope technician would cover a number of roles within the rope making sector, enhancing and developing skills within the industry. Allowing a benchmark to be set for safety and quality, when making supplying or installing any part of or completed ropes for construction or engineering use.

Main Duties

At the end of the apprenticeship the apprentice will be able to:

  1. Work safely within the industry environment, understanding personal responsibility for Health, Safety, Environment and Security and principles of risk management.
  2. Understand and follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace.
  3. Understand the internal and external regulatory environment pertinent to the sector and the sponsoring company and comply with regulations proficiently whilst keeping up to date with any changes.
  4. Understand and apply problem solving techniques.
  5. Participate in continuous performance improvement.
  6. Understand the business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct.
  7. Safely use all necessary equipment, following the appropriate engineering techniques, procedures and methods of relevance to complete the maintenance activity.
  8. Prepare the work area for production or repair.
  9. Carry out dynamic assessments for efficiently and safely.
  10. Understand and apply the practices and procedures as required by the job role whilst following the applicable standards.
  11. Understand and apply techniques to identify faults in components then apply satisfactory solutions.
  12. Reinstate the work area after completing components.
  13. Prepare and inspect equipment for next use.
  14. Manufacture or assemble components within skill set.
  15. Understand and apply information extracted from specification diagrams / instructions and computer-based systems.
  16. Understand and apply technical knowledge relevant to a single specialist discipline or a number of disciplines (wire drawing – stranding – closing – testing – service) as required by the job role.
  17. Develop and apply theoretical knowledge of engineering and its application to the required sector & job role. This should be acquired through a qualification set at level 3 (or above) that is approved by a licensed professional engineering institution. M.M.E.


Requirements & Prospects

Desired Skills
  1. The apprentice must also demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace including:
  • communicate effectively using a full range of skills: speaking; listening; writing; presentation
  • work and interact effectively within a team and other groups as required
  • work independently and proactively take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks
  • understand impact of work on others, especially were related to diversity and equality
  • excellent time management and ability to complete work to schedule
  • ability to handle change and respond to change management processes in a positive manner
  • pursuing excellence in line with organisational norms and values
  • demonstrate a can-do attitude and willingness to operate flexibly to meet business demands.
Personal Qualities
  • Good time management
  • Organised
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Good communication
Desired Qualifications

Maths and English C/level 4 or above in GCSES (or equivalent)

Future Prospects

Full time employment on completion of apprenticeship

About the Employer

Bridon-Bekaert The Ropes Group (BBRG) was formed on 29th June 2016 by the merger of Bridon Group with the steel ropes and advanced cords businesses of Bekaert. Together, an unrivalled partnership was created, capitalising on over 300 years of combined expertise and technology leadership.

Prior to the merger in 2016, Bridon and Bekaert were already business partners. Not only did they source steel wire, ropes and half-products from one another, they were also involved in an important joint venture many years ago.

During the recession of the early 1930s, trade tariffs were put on imports of steel wire to the UK. In response, the Belgian steel wire maker Tréfileries Leon Bekaert needed to set up a UK factory to produce wire.  Bekaert set up production in association with Templeborough Rolling Mills Ltd, a local supplier of wire rods, and in 1933 it joined with British Ropes Ltd and the United Steel Companies Ltd to form Tinsley Wire Industries Ltd (TWIL) with a factory at Tinsley in Sheffield.

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Weekly Wage

£ Competitive salary

Expected Duration

12 months

Possible Start Date

4 Jul, 2022

Working Week

37 hours a week

Apprenticeship Level

Level 2



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Closing date: 30 Jun, 2022

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