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Metal Fabricator Apprentice Ransomes Jacobsen Limited

During their training the Apprentices they will be taught the fundamentals of fabrication both practical and academic.

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Closing date: 04 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    36 months

  • Possible start date

    18 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    25 May 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

As part of this role you will be required to study towards the Metal Fabricator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard at Colchester Institute.

The company is continuing to develop their apprenticeship programme and are looking to recruit apprentices within the Fabrication Dept to work closely and develop skills within the Press Shop. 

The role will include the following:

  • Marking out and measuring: Transfer complex dimensions to sheet steel using hand tools and measuring equipment
  • Laser Cutting: Operate the CNC laser to produce complex shapes in sheet metal through laser cutting
  • Sheet Metal Bending: Operate the CNC Press Brake to produce complex shapes in sheet metal by bending and pressing
  • Tube Bending: Operate the CNC Tube Bender to produce complex shapes in tube steel
  • The apprentice will also receive EH&S training covering their role

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good Literacy and Numeracy
  • Able to demonstrate practical skills
  • Logical thinker and the ability to identify and solve problems

Personal qualities

  • Must be well motivated, capable of working as an individual or team member
  • Considers time and attendance important
  • Conscientious and considerate of others needs

Desired qualifications

  • Minimum 5 GCSE’s grades 9-4 (A*-C) including English, Maths & Science
  • All candidates will be required to complete Colchester Institute's mandatory initial assessment process before being put forward to the company. This will consist of online assessments and interview with the relevant department

Future prospects

Students will be expected to complete a minimum of three to five years training achieving Level 3 qualification. Successful completion of the course / qualification could lead to a permanent role working within the Fabrication Dept.

Things to consider

Each day has a set lunch break of 30 minutes from 12:00 noon to 12:30pm, and a 10 minute break each day at 10:00am – working a 39 average hr week, 78 hours over the two weeks.

  • You will be required to attend Colchester Institute as and when requested and to follow on-line tuition as required.
  • A monthly allowance is paid alongside salary for training/travel.
  • There is no working away, and the shift is detailed above.
  • Full laundered work wear service plus tee shirts and sweatshirts provided free of charge.
  • All PPE provided including safety footwear.


  • Colchester Institute – Apprenticeship Team manage the applications to this role and you will be required to complete our initial assessment process before your application gets sent onto the employer
  • Please be advised that the closing date for this role could be brought forward or extended if this vacancy receives a high number or low number of applicants and/or the company recruit before the closing date. 
  • Whilst there are possible closing and start dates should you be available earlier this can be negotiated with the employer.

About the employer

Ransomes is part of the Textron Group which includes Bell Helicopter and Cessna among many others. Ransomes has a long history of manufacturing mowers and turf maintenance equipment which are used across the globe. From parks and sports grounds to highways and fine lawns, the Ransomes extensive range has a machine for every environment. The site in Ipswich focus on designing, manufacturing, building and testing a number of different machines.


Ransomes Jacobsen Limited


West Road



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Colchester Institute


Colchester Institute - Apprenticeship Team 01206 712043

All delivered within the work place via online training and at Colchester Institute Campus.

Candidates will undertake the Metal Fabricator Level 3 apprenticeship standard.

Apprenticeship standard

Metal fabricator

Level 3 (A level)

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