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You will be highly trained to work in the world of manufacturing; the initial training will be broad based leading to a first appointment as a CNC Machinist.

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Closing date: 21 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Wage

    Competitive salary

  • Working week

    Earliest start time would be 6:00 am, this is part of the 4 day week working pattern with a 4:15 finish time. 4.5 day working week 07:30 – 16:30 Monday – Thursday and 07:30 – 12:30 Friday.

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    204 weeks

  • Possible start date

    12 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    20 Jan 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

The role will involve learning how to programme machines and how they work. The first year will be based at The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) where you will develop a foundation in engineering skills during your first year.

Following on from this you will go on to specialise as a CNC machinist, where you will be taught how to programme CNC machines and gain a greater insight into how they work. When back in company you will be mentored by a senior CNC Engineer, with many years of experience, who will teach you how to write programs for jobs and amend certain parts within those programs that need adjusting to suit specific requirements of different jobs. 

You will also learn the background knowledge regarding the different types of CNC machines and the process that the engineers go through for each job, such as writing the program then proofing it out by running the jobs and making any necessary changes needed. 

As well as the machine-based work, you will learn how to update the tooling sheets for jobs, machine sequences when needed and building tools for specific jobs when they are required for individual machines. 

This is a manufacturing environment where you will have a practical approach where most of your learning will take place on the shop floor.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good organisational skills
  • Good Mathematical skills
  • Good communication skills

Personal qualities

  • Be enthusiastic about engineering
  • Willingness to learn and commitment to studying
  • Excellent punctuality and attendance history
  • Mature and flexible attitude
  • Practically minded
  • Ideally some electrical knowledge
  • Open to new challenges
  • Motivated and flexible
  • Attention to detail

Candidates need to have keen interest and be proficient in mathematics as this forms a critical element of the role to be a CNC machinist.

We would also expect candidates to have an inquisitive mind-set and a logical approach to problem solving.

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths, English and a science.

Future prospects

Previous apprentices have progressed into senior roles within the business, so there are progression opportunities for the right candidates expressing the appropriate skills and commitment.

Things to consider

Candidates are expected to make their own way to the training centre during year 1 of the programme and then to the Exactaform facility in years 2, 3, and 4.

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

An Exactaform tooling solution is an investment that pays off, where every tooling package is tailored to your individual requirements. We offer a standard solution, we look to improve processes and make sure that you get the best out of every minute from your machines. We look to combine tools together, making you more productive, saving space in your tool changer, helping engineers reduce cycle time, driving efficiencies, and streamlining processes.




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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Mtc


Julie Mulryan +442476647564

  • Engineering Operative level 2
  • Engineering Technician level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Shadowing members of the team, gaining an understanding of the machines, control panels and reading manuals to gain an understanding of the processes
  • Also rotating around the different areas to gain a better overview of the business
  • Diploma in engineering operations
  • Certificate or Diploma in engineering operations
  • Functional skills if needed

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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