At Blackburn Starling we have a reputation for quality, value and service. This reputation has been built in part by the excellence and enthusiasm of our staff.

We are committed to providing training for employees at all levels to improve the efficiency of the organisation, ensure individual job satisfaction and maintain levels of skill and up to date technical knowledge. We give our employees every encouragement to learn new skills, develop their full potential and progress within the company. We also believe in open and honest communication and encourage employee involvement and participation in the mechanisms that assist this philosophy.

Our recruitment process aims to select the most suitable applicant for the position, with selection criteria and procedures intended to ensure individuals are selected, promoted and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities in a fair and non-discriminatory manner.

The company operates an Equal Opportunities Policy and aims to ensure that the terms of the relevant Acts of Parliament are properly applied and that the terms and recommendations of the associated Codes of Practice are implemented positively and put into practice throughout the company. It is the company’s Equal Opportunities Policy that no applicant or existing employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origins, marital status, disability or religious beliefs, or is disadvantaged by conditions that cannot be shown to be justifiable.

Apprenticeship Scheme

apprenticeshipsOur approach to “building and investing in our Engineers for the future” starts with our Modern Apprenticeship programme. An excellent opportunity to “Earn & Learn” – apprentices progress a career in Engineering and gain a recognised apprenticeship which includes up to NVQ3 and City & Guilds or ONC/HNC qualifications, plus valuable practical experience.

As a minimum entry requirement, “C” grade and above GCSE or equivalent passes in Maths, English, Science and 2 other subjects are required. These are necessary to enable enrolment for BTEC ONC in Engineering or the City & Guilds part of the Apprenticeship, commencing in the second year. If required ongoing training is provided for functional skills to level 2 in numeracy, literacy and IT.

Work experience involves comprehensive and practical hands-on training in all departments involved in the production process during the first year, then gaining an appreciation of all other company departments, including Tendering, Quality Assurance and IT, in the second year and finally specialising in a particular department from the third year onwards. CSCS Health & Safety Training is also provided in the second year to enable the apprentices to work on site in the third year if required.

Throughout the programme apprentices study towards Performing Engineering Operations at NVQ2 and 3 levels.

To apply to join our Modern Apprenticeship programme please complete contact us at

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