Clockmaker Apprentice

Smith of Derby Limited

This is an amazing, not to be missed, opportunity to work as an apprentice with the UK’s leading clock repairer.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2017

Apprenticeship summary

Weekly wage


Wages explained
The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.40 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 £5.55 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £6.95 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).

Working week

Mon to Thu 8am-4.30pm. Fri 8am-3.30pm

Total hours per week: 39.00

Apprenticeship duration

36 months

Possible start date

01 Mar 2017

Date posted

16 Dec 2016

Apprenticeship level

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Reference number



2 available

This is apprenticeship is designed to lead towards being an experienced and professional external clock service engineer (clockmaker). The service engineers operate across the country and internationally, to service installed clocks and install new ones.

Initially the apprentice will buddy with an experienced clockmaker to start to learn the ropes.

Apprentices will work on various grades and types of clock and learn basic engineering skills of restoration and refurbishment, both on-site and within our Derby based workshop.  The role will be very varied and will cover the key aspects of:

  • Mechanical repairs
  • Electronics - installation, fault determination and repair
  • Gear cutting
  • Painting
  • Hand golf-leafing

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Previous engineering experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Adaptable
  • Initiative
  • Calm under pressure
  • Personable
  • Smart

Personal qualities

  • Accuracy
  • Willingness to learn
  • Commitment
  • Enthusiasm
  • Smart

Qualifications required

  • GCSE Grade C in English, Maths and Science (or equivalent)
  • Level 2 in Engineering

Future prospects

Various progression opportunities within the company.

Things to consider

Must be able to get to employer on a daily basis and be willing to work away when required

About the employer

As the UK’s leading clock repairers, restorers and conservation specialists, they have been serving the horological community for over 150 years.

Throughout this time the passion at Smith of Derby has been creating and caring for the world’s greatest public clocks; from small parish church tower clocks to some of the most celebrated cathedral, commercial and private clocks.

Whether it be a tower clock, turret clock, pillar clock, projecting clock, floral clock or wall clock, the team of service engineers carefully maintain 4,500 remarkable clocks in the UK and around the world annually; the production team create and install some of the world's latest innovations in time-telling, including the world’s newest and largest mechanical movement for China in 2010.


Smith of Derby Limited


112 Alfreton Road


DE21 4AU

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Training provider

Your apprenticeship will include:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering
  • Technical Certificate in Engineering - City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
  • Functional Skills Communication (if applicable)
  • Functional Skills Application of Number (if applicable)
  • Functional Skills Information Communication Technology (if applicable)
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

Apprenticeship framework

Engineering Manufacture

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Training Services 2000 Ltd


James Lund 01332 296995

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2017