Our MEGA (Manufacturing & Engineering Growth & Advancement) Programme offers young people an exceptional opportunity to earn a fully funded degree in Manufacturing and Engineering with one of Ireland’s leading manufacturing companies.
Apprentices will gain an abundance of real-time industry experience and acquire relevant training and skills through the programme, which has been created with industry needs at its epicentre, resulting in relevant, highly skilled apprentices.
Whilst working across our world class manufacturing plants, you will gain hands on experience in some of the most advanced technology and benefit from the support of a highly experienced, dedicated mentor.
You will be instrumental in assisting the company to develop and implement strategic plans and embrace advancing technologies, including emerging renewable technologies. You will gain exposure to a range of innovative, industry leading decarbonisation projects and programmes as we take on the challenge to decarbonise one of the most carbon intensive manufacturing processes in the world.
In this area you will encompass the development and improvement of autonomous devices, robots, and work on our electro-mechanical systems.
You will be involved in the application of machines and look at strategies to improve the efficiency of tasks through the integration of software and equipment into the existing systems.
The impact of digitisation on all aspects of engineering is rapidly increasing. New digital technologies and methods are changing the engineering processes in planning, design and process improvements. You will review our existing systems and processes and recommend and support the introduction of new and improved methods whilst working alongside experienced engineers.
You will learn about a range of renewable energy options and become involved in a number of exciting projects currently underway at Mannok aimed at reducing our carbon footprint.
You will gain an understanding of a range of engineering materials, their properties and densities that you will work with on a regular basis.
As part of the Programme, you will be enrolled in the BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering course through Ulster University, Magee campus. This part-time Higher Level Apprenticeship is run over four years, and includes a combination of study at university and full time employment in the work place.
You will cover modules such as Manufacturing Processes, Maths for Engineering, Design and CAD, Statistics and Renewable Energy and Manufacturing Technology, which will be aligned to workplace activities.
More information on this Degree Apprenticeship Course can be found here.
Yes – You will earn a base starting salary of £15,000 per year, with the opportunity to earn up to an additional 10% bonus. Your salary will be reviewed and incremented based on your performance throughout the programme.
No – The Department of Economy will fund the cost of the university fees based on full class attendance and successful completion and pass of all modules each semester.
Apprentices will attend site 5 days per week when they are not scheduled to attend University. Contractual hours are Monday – Thursday 8.00am to 5.30pm and Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm with paid leave (as applicable) to attend University.
On commencement of the Apprenticeship, the work activity in Mannok will, where possible, mirror the course content being delivered each semester. Activity will help build a good understanding of basic engineering principles and will involve working alongside experienced engineers on significant projects.
You will be based in one of our large world class manufacturing facilities between Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh, and Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan.
Yes – As with any other employee, Apprentices will be entitled to 30 days annual leave per year, inclusive of bank holidays.
On successful completion of the degree, Apprentices will be invited to join the graduate programme in Mannok.
One of the requirements from the Department of Economy is the successful completion of the degree programme. Failure to pass the programme may result in all fees having to be paid back by the Apprentice.
Entry requirements for the course are set by Ulster University, they are as follows;
A level grades BBB to include ONE from GCE A Level Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Design and Technology, Double Award Life and Health Sciences, Double Award Science/Applied Science, Engineering, or Electronics.
BTEC level 3 in a relevant discipline
Combination of A level / BTEC grades.
Applicants must have at least a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and English Language or equivalent.
For other criteria or alternative qualifications see the full entry requirements here.
All Apprentices will be assigned a dedicated mentor who will track your progress and guide and support you throughout the programme. You will also be supported by other team members and your line manager.