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Craft Machinist Apprentice Ransomes Jacobsen Limited

Craft Machinists are expected to gain a comprehensive insight and ability within the Machine Shop. They will be taught the fundamentals of machining both practical and academic so that they can complete a wide range of tasks detailed in the description of the role.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 19 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday from 6.30am - 2.48pm, with a 10 minute break daily at 10.00am and lunch break at 12.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    42 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    16 Mar 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

As part of this role you will be required to study towards the Engineering Technician (Machinist) Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard at Colchester Institute.

The company are continuing to develop their apprenticeship programme and are looking to recruit Craft Machinist Apprentices for our Manufacturing facilities at Ipswich. The role will include the following:

  • Turning: Produce cylindrical components on a manual centre lathe to fine tolerances
  • Milling: Produce geometric shapes on a manual vertical and or horizontal milling machine
  • Grinding: Produce components on horizontal surface grinders to fine tolerances.
  • Computer Numerical Control: Operate CNC machines to produce complex shapes and components using automatic machines
  • EH & S Training

You will be working within the Machine Shop.

Day-to-day Contact/Responsible to: Dean Manning.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good Literacy and Numeracy
  • Able to demonstrate practical skills
  • Logical thinker and the ability to identify and solve problems

Personal qualities

  • Must be well motivated
  • Capable of working as an individual or team member
  • Considers time and attendance important
  • Conscientious and considerate of other needs

Desired qualifications

  • Essential: 5 GCSEs grades A*-C/9-4 or equivalent including maths and English, a Science related subject would be desirable
  • All candidates will be required to complete Colchester Institute's mandatory initial assessment process before being put forward to the company. This will consist of online assessments

Future prospects

  • Students will be expected to complete a minimum of 3 - 5 years training achieving Level 3 qualification
  • Successful completion of the course / qualification could lead to a permanent role working within the Machine Shop

Things to consider

Company Open Day:

  • You are invited to join us for an open afternoon at our Ipswich Manufacturing Facility on Thursday 31st March from 4.00pm - 6.00pm to discuss our Apprenticeship Programme
  • We’ll take you for a tour around our impressive plant so you can see first-hand where you would be working, show you some of the machines we make, meet members of the Manufacturing, Engineering & Customer Care Teams and answer any questions you may have about the Application Process, the Apprenticeships and the Company
  • Please e-mail Jo Barber at or call 01473 276271 to book your place - by Thursday 24th March. Parents are welcome!

Pay and Working Hours:

  • First Year Apprentices will be paid £6.00 per hour which is above the Government recommended first year rate. Weekly wage would be £234 for 39 hr week, paid monthly as 1/12 of annual salary (£12168)


  • You will be required to attend Colchester Institute 2 days per week for the first year of your apprenticeship and 1 day per week thereafter
  • A monthly allowance is paid alongside salary for training/travel
  • There is no working away, and the shift is detailed above
  • Full laundered work wear service, tee shirts and sweatshirts are provided free of charge
  • All PPE provided including safety footwear


  • Colchester Institute - Apprenticeship Team manage the applications to this role and you will be required to complete our initial assessment process before your application gets sent onto the employer
  • Please be advised that the closing date for this role could be brought forward or extended if this vacancy receives a high number or low number of applicants and/or the company recruit before the closing date
  • Whilst there are possible closing and start dates should you be available earlier this can be negotiated with the employer
  • When applying to this role please factor in your transport methods and travel time/distance - will you be able to get to this role within a reasonable time, is it realistic to travel to and from this role on the salary being paid and have you researched your travel options?

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

Ransomes is part of the Textron Group which include Bell Helicopter and Cessna among many others. Ransomes has a long history of manufacturing mowers and turf maintenance equipment which are used across the globe. From parks and sports grounds to highways and fine lawns, the Ransomes extensive range has a machine for every environment. The site in Ipswich focuses on design, manufacturing, building and testing a number of different products.


Ransomes Jacobsen Limited


West Road, Ransomes Europark




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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Colchester Institute


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All delivered within the work place via online training and at Colchester Institute Campus.

Candidates will undertake the Engineering Technician (Machinist) Level 3 apprenticeship standard.

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 19 Aug 2022