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Engineering Apprentice – Machining William Hughes Limited

Do you have enthusiasm, drive and a commitment to a future in Engineering? Apply today if you do! A mechanical interest for engineering must be reflected in your application, be it through repairs to cars/bikes etc., or a general interest in Engineering. After completing the Apprenticeship, you will achieve a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

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Closing date: 31 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    08.00 - 16.30 Monday - Thursday, 08.00 - 15.30 Friday

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    4 years

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2022

  • Date posted

    03 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

William Hughes specialises in the design and manufacture of custom-made springs, wire forms and assemblies. We are seeking to employ an enthusiastic & hardworking individual as an Engineering Apprentice.

We are looking for someone who enjoys both practical and academic work with an aptitude for, and an interest in, Engineering.

Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to spend time visiting each department to gain insight into all Engineering techniques used.

Main duties and areas of training will include:

  • CNC Milling machines
  • Surface grinders and various other equipment used in the Tool-room department
  • Wire forming and Spring manufacturing equipment
  • Inspection and quality checking

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Able to work to instruction & retain information given
  • Multi-tasking
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communicator
  • Organised

Personal qualities

  • You will be hard working and enthusiastic with a real commitment to your learning and study
  • Reliable
  • Punctual

Desired qualifications

Maths and English A*/9- C/4 GCSE (or equivalent), plus an additional 3 GCSEs including science (all to be at least grade C/4 (or equivalent)).

Future prospects

Successful completion of the Apprenticeship will then lead to further progression and advancement within the company. Many of our Apprentices go on to senior roles in the Company, both in the UK and in our European companies in Poland and Bulgaria. 

Things to consider

Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applicants have been received.

NOTE: If your application is successful, you must attend an initial interview with Yeovil College before your details are put forward to this employer. This will be arranged by an invitation from the College. This is not an interview for the job, just to assess your suitability for the Apprenticeship.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship.
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About the employer

William Hughes specialises in the design and manufacture of custom-made springs, wire forms and assemblies. 

For over two centuries, the company has been at the forefront of the UK wire industry. From humble beginnings in Drury Lane, London, the company  is now a global supplier of components to the automotive, aerospace, medical and more industries with major manufacturing facilities both in the UK and Bulgaria.

To survive in today's economy, having the ability to give customers what they need as quickly and cost effectively as possible, while maintaining the utmost level of quality, is key.

William Hughes achieves this goal by substantial annual investment in the most advanced equipment, much of it CNC based, keeping pace with constant technological evolution, and by nurturing a long-term, skilled workforce capable of working to the most stringent quality standards.


William Hughes Limited



Station Road Business Park, Station Road

Sturminster Newton

DT10 2RZ

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Yeovil College


Richard Sibbick 07951 881061

Year 1:

An introduction to the industry as a student at Yeovil College, completing a Technical Certificate Level 2; here you will receive practical experience on machine skills (turning, milling and grinding) welding, assembly, testing, electronics and other aspects of engineering. When not attending college, you will be in the workplace gaining valuable practical experience.

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)

Years 2 - 4:

Upon successful completion of Year 1, you will be working within a site based manufacturing team, learning WM Hughes processes and procedures. Each technician follows a training programme that is tailored for the individual and will have the support of an NVQ Assessor who will encourage your progression and act as a mentor.

  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering- Machining (Development Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)

The training is designed to develop the skills needed for the designation career path and to provide opportunities to gather the evidence needed to satisfy the requirements of the NVQ Level 3 programme. One day per week will be spent at Yeovil College to complete the theoretical part of the programme.

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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