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Apprentice CNC Machinist Newcom Precision Engineering Ltd

We are seeking applicants to join our apprenticeship scheme, you will have a general aptitude towards engineering and be willing to learn. As well as working in the factory you will also go to college to earn your Level 3 qualifications in Engineering leading to a successful career in precision engineering

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Closing date: 31 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    The working hours are Monday to Thursday 8.00am until 4.30pm and Friday 8.00am until 4.00pm (dependant on College days and times).

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    42 months

  • Possible start date

    07 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    11 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Your role as CNC Apprentices will be to learn how to set and operate the CNC machines in a safe and competent manner and to work as part of a team ensuring that production schedules for the Machine Shop are met.   The successful applicants will attend college for 3 or 4 days a week (in Year 1) and start in our assembly area where you will learn how the machined items fit together as well as getting a good background knowledge for the type of engineering that we do here.

  • Undertake an apprenticeship in engineering leading to a nationally recognised qualification and accreditation
  • Cement theoretical knowledge with practical experience working alongside skilled operators
  • Become proficient in the application and use of a wide range of machine tools including, but not restricted to, CNC turning and milling machines, grinders and drills
  • To ensure a professional, quality service (external and internal) is provided at all times
  • To maintain, develop and build long-term relationships
  • To learn about Lean manufacturing and continuous improvement techniques
  • You may be required to train other colleagues as and when requested
  • Any additional work identified as necessary for the smooth operation of the business



Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Must have a genuine interested in engineering and therefore willing to commit to this apprenticeship training.
  • Good IT skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Self-motivated
  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Organised and Tidy
  • Good hand-eye co-ordination. Good with using tools.

Personal qualities

  • Punctual, reliable, positive learning attitude.
  • Able to take instructions and perform as a team player.

Desired qualifications

GCSE in English, Maths, A-C/ grade 4 or above. A GCSE in Sciences will be an advantage, but not essential.

Or equivalents 

Future prospects

Newcom are a progressive company and value their workforce to development grow their engineering careers within. For the right candidates, there may be a permanent position on successful completion of apprenticeship.



Things to consider

If you feel you have the right credentials and self-motivation for the above position and are looking to start your career in a friendly company with an attractive salary, including 23 days holiday, then consider applying for this apprentice post.

About the employer

Newcom have been manufacturing on the Earith Business Park since 1989, where we have grown from our humble beginnings of having just 4 staff and using one CNC mill and lathe in 2000 sq./ft of workshop, to presently employing 44 dedicated staff in our premises of 16,000 sq./ft.


We have 30 skilled machinists working on our day and night shifts with 5 working on the latter. We also have 2 apprentices on EAL NVQs for mechanical engineering. The machines used are a five-axis vertical machining centre, five CNC twin pallet horizontal machining centres and one five pallet horizontal machining centre, thirteen CNC vertical machining centres (two with twin pallets), three CNC turning centres with driven tooling (one with a transferable sub-spindle), four CNC turning centres, with manual mills and lathes to finally complete our portfolio of machining capability.


To compliment the machining side of the company we employ 5 staff in our dedicated assembly and finishing area, where we are able to grain, insert bushes, vapour hone, beadblast and generally finish items to our customer's specification.


The Inspection department also employs 3 staff operating our CMMs, Shadow Graph and various inspection equipment. As well as ensuring that the IS0 9001:2015 standards are met and improved on where necessary.


Also employed are 14 non-production staff on site, working in the offices, packing, goods in/out and delivery personnel.


Our state-of-the-art in-house facilities make extensive use of computer systems throughout its operation encompassing production, delivery scheduling and quality control as well as many other commercial functions by use of the Progress & Subcon business control software. All of our facilities are networked and in turn directly linked via our CAD/CAM system to all of the CNC machine tools, which enables the downloading of customers DXF, DWG, IGES, STEP and any other type of cad files from disc or email, thus reducing set up times considerably on the machines, we are also able to measure items directly to customers IGES files with our 3D software on our Quantum 6104 CMM.


Newcom supplies a cross section of the UK's leading organisations with components and kits of parts; many of which are on a Kanban or Ship to line basis. Many contracts have been won primarily as a result of the high level of skills to be found throughout the workforce at Newcom. Our high level of training and the continuous maintenance of our machines enable Newcom to consistently have minimum rejects. On the odd occasion where this does occur we aim to correct or replace these items within a minimum time period as possible, as we realise that any delay of the product to our customers can have serious consequences to their good name and delivery.



Newcom Precision Engineering Ltd



Earith Business Park, Meadow Drove


PE28 3QF

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Cambridge Regional College


Victoria 01223 418778

Will be provided by the Machine Shop Manager and other qualified CNC Machine Operator/Setter/Programmer.


This is an Advanced Apprenticeship, working in a modern machine shop, where the Company will train you to be a competent CNC Machine Operator/Setter in a 3 to 4-year period. It will involve attending college once a week during term time and with regular assessments conducted by the College.

All apprentices will be required to achieve as a minimum:

  • An employer approved Level 2 Foundation Competence qualification
  • An employer approved Level 3 Development Competence qualification
  • An employer approved Level 3 Development Technical Knowledge qualification
  • Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking end point assessment

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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