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Engineering Machinist Apprentice Valen Fittings Ltd

The apprentice will carry out advanced pressing and setting as well as operating and fault finding of all presses.

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Closing date: 30 Jan 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Between 7.15am - 4.00pm, Monday - Thursday and 7.15am - 1.15pm Fridays at the company. Between 9.00am - 4.30pm whilst at college (Days to be confirmed).

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    4 years

  • Possible start date

    28 Feb 2022

  • Date posted

    28 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties include:

  • Incorporate advanced pressing and setting
  • Operate and fault find all manual, hydraulic and pneumatic presses
  • Conform to high specifications of all exotic materials
  • Quality assurance testing and control
  • Follow health and safety codes of practice in the workplace

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good written and verbal communications
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Previous engineering studies would be advantageous
  • Able to work alone and with other team members

Personal qualities

  • Driven 
  • Ambitious
  • Willingness to learn and continually develop
  • Reliable
  • Punctual
  • Personable

Desired qualifications

  • Grade 9-4 in Maths, English and Science as a minimum at GCSE (or the equivalent)

Future prospects

There will be the opportunity for full-time employment at the company upon successful completion of this apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Please ensure you are able to travel to Aldridge WS9 8UG as part of your college training 3 days per week for the first 18 months.

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

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About the employer

Founded in 1976 Valen Fittings Ltd has over 30 year's experience in the manufacture of large diameter butt-weld fittings. Their portfolio now extends to customers around the world.

As our expertise in making fittings and pipe has grown, we have twice expanded our production plant. We now have a dedicated area for the manufacture of welded pipe in bespoke lengths to suit your exact requirements, saving you the expense of purchasing random lengths.

The development of the company has focused on manufacturing high-quality products with very short lead-times, whether for standard or non-standard items or for order quantities large and small.

Our ability to produce consistently high-quality fittings has been strengthened over the years as we have gained experience supplying many major projects in a wide variety of grades, sizes and thicknesses.


Valen Fittings Ltd


Valen House




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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by In-Comm Training Services Ltd


Sue Fisher 01922 457686

This is a four year level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard and will require the successful apprentice to attend college, In-Comm Training Services - Aldridge, WS9 8UG, three days per week for the first 18 months and two days per week at the company site. After this you will attend college one day per week for the remaining two years. 

The training will include:

  • Complying with Statutory Regulations and Organisational Safety Requirements
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively in an Engineering Environment
  • Using and Communicating Technical Information
  • Conducting Business Improvement Techniques (covered in induction)
  • Producing Components using Hand Fitting Techniques
  • Preparing and Using Lathes for Turning Operations
  • Preparing and Using Lathes for Milling Machines
  • Producing CAD Models (drawings) using a CAD System
  • Producing Engineering Project Plans
  • General Welding Applications
  • Preparing and Using CNC Machining Centres
  • Functional Skills (maths, English and ICT) if required
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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