Toolmaker Apprentice Kiyokuni Europe Ltd

This is an Apprenticeship for a Toolmaker, working in the tool room of a metal pressings company based in Telford. The main function of the Apprentice will be to support the press shop and other manufacturing areas.

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Closing date: 04 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Wage

    Competitive salary

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm for the first 6 months then if probation is passed a 20% shift premium will be available. Please see additional information for shift pattern.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    36 months

  • Possible start date

    14 Aug 2017

  • Date posted

    05 Jun 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties include:

  • Repairing and Maintenance for Press Tooling.
  • Manufacture and repair and welding jigs and equipment.
  • Operation of basic machinery, lathe, mill, surface grinders, CNC mill and Wire eroder.

The Apprentice will be trained in and be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Machining (including CNC milling and wire erosion)
  • Assembly
  • Tryout and finishing of press tooling
  • Repairing and Maintenance for Press Tooling
  • Manufacture and repair and welding jigs and equipment
  • Operate basic machinery i.e. lathe, mill, surface grinders, CNC mill and Wire eroder.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The successful candidate will need:

  • To be good with their hands and machinery.
  • Experience of operating machinery desirable.
  • Interested in making things.

Personal qualities

The successful candidate will need: Enthusiastic and willing to learn.

Qualifications required

To apply for this position, you will need:

GCSE Maths, English and ICT A-C or equivalent. PEO or relevant engineering experience is desirable but not essential.

Future prospects

We are looking to train and retain new Toolmakers to support our on-going production and factory expansion. However, in the longer term applicants could progress into Engineering or Quality roles. The Company have a graded scale for apprentices dependent on skill, performance and disciplinary record. The apprentice is reviewed every 6 months of their apprenticeship and expected to move up a grade. Each grade has a pay rise. Typically, initial grades are:- Grade 1 - £3.50 - No previous engineering qualification Grade 2 - £4.05 - Completed 6 month PEO Grade 3 - £5.60 - Completed PEO certificate Grade 4 - £6.33 - Completed 6 months of BTec Extended Diploma Grade 10 - ‘Time served’ Toolmaker. Any new apprentice will be paid dependent on their proven skills at the start date. They would like to introduce a new starter to the company with the 6 months on days 8am - 5pm). However, they would then pair them up with a Toolmaker mentor on shifts (6am - pm , 2pm - 10am). Being on shift attracts a 20% pay increase even as an apprentice.

Things to consider

Telford College are managing this vacancy on behalf of this company. As part of the screening process of applications you may be contacted by Telford College and invited in for a face to face interview as part of our screening process. Training on the Apprenticeships Programme for 16 to 18 year olds is a priority and fully-funded by Government. Training for Apprenticeships for those over this age is part funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution. The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices from the 1st April 2017 is £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. The new NMW applies to time working plus time spent training as this is also part of the Apprenticeship. Anyone not covered by this age category above will be entitled to the NMW appropriate for their age. Will operating manufacturing equipment. Working in a press shop environment (oil and noise). Travelling to work: Bus routes:®ion=22534&q=telford&lat=52.678419&lng=-2.445257999999967 Car Share Shropshire and Telford: Wheels to Work:

About the employer

Kiyokuni Europe Limited was established in 1987 as part of the Japanese owned, Kiyokuni Group. Manufacturing metal pressings and assemblies for over 25 years, Kiyokuni Europe now occupies a 5,400 m2, purpose built factory in Telford, Shropshire, offering a one-stop solution for its customers that includes design, prototype, manufacture and finish. Kiyokuni Europe maintains a loyal customer base through a distinct ‘customer first attitude’; combining the best of the UK and Japanese manufacturing methods to ensure a responsive, flexible and value added service with a commitment to problem solving. The team consists of over 70 experienced and high skilled members of staff, producing pressings in volumes ranging from 1 part to 500,000 parts per month, supplying customers from a range of sectors including automotive, off highway and industrial.


Kiyokuni Europe Ltd


Holyhead Road




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Training provider

As part of the apprenticeship the candidate will be working towards a workplace training plan within their organisation as well as working towards the apprenticeship framework components with Telford College. The candidate will achieve the following qualifications:

Level 3

  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma Engineering
  • NVQ Level 3 Tool Making
  • Functional Skills, Maths, English and ICT L2
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Personal Learning and thinking Skills   

Apprenticeship framework

Manufacturing Engineering

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Telford College of Arts & Technology


Carol Bailey 01952 642452

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Closing date: 04 Aug 2017