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Apprenticeship Wood Machinist Harlow Bros Ltd

We wish to recruit an enthusiastic Apprentice to join our Wood Machine Workshop. The successful candidate will be trained in all aspects of Machining and Cutting through WEBS structured training programme as well as on the job training. You will learn practical skills and techniques to produce different types of components.

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Closing date: 30 Nov 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £187.59 to £370.50

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    Monday – Thursday 07.30am -4.00pm Friday 07.30am-3.00pm. Details to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Dec 2022

  • Date posted

    06 May 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

A wood machinist is the baseline of the industry creating different wood based components to be used on different pieces of furniture. Wood machining is the ideal career pathway for someone who enjoys hands on practical opportunity.

Duties will Include:

  • Measuring out the quantity of timber needed and the measurements required to be cut
  • Selecting the correct type of wood for a specific project
  • Check and ensure all materials are to specification with job requirements
  • Cutting and shaping timber
  • Following Health and Safety procedures whilst using woodworking machines and to follow codes of conduct whilst in the workplace
  • Using a wide range of machinery such as band saws, CNC machines, Wide Belt Sander and Cross Cut saw

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Punctual / Timekeeping skills
  • A keen attention to detail
  • material knowledge
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good communication
  • The ability to follow instructions
  • Excellent practical skills
  • Exceptional math skills for taking measurements
  • The ability to work under pressure

Personal qualities

  • This is an exciting opportunity for a practical minded person who is looking to start their career in Furniture Manufacturing specialising in working on wood machinery
  • The ideal candidate will be reliable, honest, assertive, willing to learn, a team player and flexible in their approach to work

Desired qualifications

None required, however the successful candidate will work towards their Functional Skills in both Maths and English if they have not achieved prior or have an equivalent.

Future prospects

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in a trade specific role
  • Progression within the organisation with more responsibility
  • Operating CAD software

Things to consider

  • Are you a practical person looking to gain new skills
  • Do you want to be part of a dynamic team

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW):

About the employer

A family owned business, Harlow have over 90 years experience in Timber, Engineered Timber, Manufactured Buildings and more. From manufacture to merchanting, Harlow have the expertise to advise, supply or support you in any project or build.

Harlow Timber (Harlow’s Timber Sales and Merchant Brand) has branches in Burton-upon-Trent, Coalville, Derby, Hinckley, Kidderminster, Long Whatton, Leicester and Nottingham, stocking a wide range of Timber and Timber related products.

Open to Trade and Public alike, our Branches carry ranges of Timber, Sheet Materials, Engineered Timber, Windows, Doors and Worktops, as well as an extensive section of Tools and Accessories. Our experienced staff are always on hand to advise and aid you with any project or goal.


Harlow Bros Ltd


Hathern Road


LE12 5DE

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Webs Training Ltd


Josie Teale 01159677771

During your apprenticeship programme you will receive training both off and on the job. You will be required to attend WEBS Training on Day release basis which is once a week, the rest of the time you will be within the work place. You will learn the underpinning knowledge that runs alongside your practical elements of the training. You will use a wide range of techniques whilst you complete a practical project.

WEBS Training aim to build on the skills you already have so you reach your full potential both personally and professionally.

Training will be provided in all areas of Furniture Manufacturing and Wood Machining to ensure you are capable carrying out your role using traditional and modern techniques and materials to produce aesthetically pleasing and fit for purpose products.

If you have already achieved GCSE maths and English at Grade 4 or above or have equivalent qualification you will be exempt from undertaking Functional Skills, however English and maths support will be provided for all apprentices throughout the length of their programme.

Apprenticeship standard

Furniture manufacturer

Level 2 (GCSE)

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