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Machining Apprenticeship Including CNC Alan Keef Ltd

Excellent opportunity working in a busy multi-skilled engineering environment. You will work on restoration of historical narrow-gauge locomotives, rolling stock and associated equipment along with new design and build projects.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

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

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm and Friday 8.30am - 3.15pm whilst in Training Centre - 7.30am - 4.30pm Monday - Thursday and 7.30am - 12.30pm Friday when in company.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    45 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    08 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

We are looking to train up a multi-skilled engineer with an emphasis on CNC turning. Training and skills to be gained throughout the apprenticeship will be:

  • Reading and Understanding engineering drawings (metric and imperial)
  • Manual machining - Turning and Milling
  • CNC turning - writing programs and operating the machine
  • Surface grinding
  • Drill Sharpening
  • Hydraulic Press operation
  • Inspection of parts
  • Assembly work
  • Basic welding techniques

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Mathematically competent
  • Computer Literate

Personal qualities

  • Confident
  • Enthusiastic / willingness to learn
  • Organised

Desired qualifications

GCSE Grades 4 and above (or equivalent in:

  • Maths
  • English

Future prospects

Successful completion of the apprenticeship programme would lead to a full time job offer.

About the employer

An established family run business, based near Ross-on-wye, with 50 years’ experience in Narrow Gauge Railways.


Alan Keef Ltd


Lea Line



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Herefordshire Group Training Association


Sue Tong 01432 377002

Training through HWGTA normally comprises of five days per week at our Training Centre at Holmer Road for the first year of the Apprenticeship doing an appropriate course of study. A Block Release option is also available.  Functional Skills Maths and English (if required)

A monthly monitoring visit in company will also take place in years 2 - 4 , during which we make ourselves available for discussion about any special training that may be useful to you, and to identify and resolve problems if they arise.

At the end of your training period you will be put through to an end point assessment with an external verifier where you will showcase and evidence your knowledge, skills and behaviours.

In addition, the training programme includes a 5-day team building residential course, usually held in April/May each year.

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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