Toolmaking Engineering Apprentice A A V Plastic Design Ltd

AAV Plastics are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated apprentice to train to become a fully qualified Toolmaker in their longstanding business. This is an excellent opportunity to begin your career as an Engineer and gain experience of various different departments including machining, CNC and injection moulding.

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Closing date: 27 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    8-5 Monday - Thursday, 8-1 Friday

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    4 years

  • Possible start date

    28 Aug 2017

  • Date posted

    16 May 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The successful candidate will receive full training in all areas of their role. Over time their main duties will include:

  • Understand and be able to read both 2D and 3D drawings
  • Program and operate conventional CNC machine tools
  • Program and operate CNC EDM machine
  • Operate manual machine tools including grinders
  • Be able to accurately understand and use a range of measuring equipment
  • Take a 3D tool model and produce the tooling to high standard
  • Openly contribute with designers and suggest improvements to tool design at conceptual stage
  • Have the ability to understand and use our 3D design package and make small changes when required
  • Understanding of our 3D offline machining package and produce NC programs for the machines we have on site.
  • Be able to hand fit tools at their final stage
  • Be able to fault find and repair promptly any existing tooling that fails
  • Be able to open discussion with other senior members of staff so all contribute to find the best solution
  • Understand injection moulding tooling. This is especially important where we have no data and drawings
  • Keep clear and concise records.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good practical skills
  • Work using your own initiative
  • Accurate and thorough.

Personal qualities

  • A genuine interest in Engineering processes
  • Sensible
  • Reliable
  • Hardworking
  • Able to follow instructions.

Qualifications required

  • GCSE A*-C (or equivalent) in Maths, Science and English.

Future prospects

For the right candidate future prospects are excellent. AAV Plastics are keen to progress and develop their apprentices. Upon successful completion of their apprenticeship there may be the opportunity of a permanent position and in the long term advance through to supervisor and management levels.

Things to consider

The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information visit:

About the employer

AAV Plastics are far more than just a moulder- we provide a complete plastics solution. This means that we do everything we can to understand what our customers are trying to achieve with the parts we make for them. This way we can give you the best possible value in terms of part design and integration of the parts into the product or assembly. AAV Plastics have over 20 years experience designing and making parts and assemblies for a wide variety of industries. This includes a clear understanding of how the tools for the parts will be made, which means that we can make the most of the opportunities which the toolmaking process can bring to a product, and the costs of the toolmaking and moulding process. Nearly all of our toolmaking is carried out in our well equipped tool room, using full CAD/CAM facilities- so the designs we have agreed are tooled and manufactured under our full control. Mouldings are then made using our range of moulding machines- from 35-250 tonnes. Finishing operations, including post moulding machining, assembly, CNC glueing, spin welding, ultrasonic welding, and packing are also carried out here in Bridport.


A A V Plastic Design Ltd


Unit 9B

Gore Cross Business Park

Corbin Way



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Training provider

Successful applicants will attend Yeovil College and initially work towards:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Performing Engineering Operations (Foundation Competence)

Upon successful completion of this they will then work towards:

  • Level 3 Diploma- Toolmaker, Tool and Die Maintenance (Development Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).

At the end of the Apprenticeship, once the apprentice is fully competent, they will then complete their end point assessment which will demonstrate their overall ability against the knowledge, skills and behaviours required.

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering and manufacturing > Engineering Technician

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Yeovil College


Lisa Bennett 01935 845363

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Closing date: 27 Aug 2017