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Level 3 Engineering Technician - Machinist Apprenticeship FRANCIS W BIRKETT & SONS LIMITED

Due to continuous growth, FW Birketts is looking to invest further with its apprenticeship programme. Working towards becoming a full-skilled engineer with a machining (conventional and CNC) bias, you will benefit from a robust training and development plan and the best in-house mentoring support. Sounds like you? Read on then!

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Closing date: 27 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The starting salary may be different if you have prior attainment or industrial experience

  • Working week

    Between 7.30am - 4.00pm Monday - Thursday. 7.30am - 12.30pm Friday. Details to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    27 Apr 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As part of your 4-year apprenticeship, you will be trained and mentored to skilled engineer level in areas of:

In-house training by skilled engineers in conventional and CNC machining techniques
Loading, proving and programming CNC machines
High-end production
Inspection and quality practices
Health and safety training
Business improvement techniques
Other technical engineering tasks and duties, as required
"Off-the-job" training to gain UK recognised engineering qualifications

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Year One - Day release at Appris, Bradford:

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
Year Two - Day release at Appris, Bradford:

EAL Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Technical Knowledge) 
Year Three and Four - Day release at Appris, Bradford:

EAL Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
Year One through Year Four - Workplace Training and Mentoring:

EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Machinist (Competence)


What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

FW Birketts have progression pathways for individuals who are committed and able.  Past Apprentices have gone onto HE college and university for HNC and Beng courses in Mechanical Engineering.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4 or C) Essential

Things to consider

This company is located in Cleckheaton, so please ensure you can arrange suitable transport for the start and finish times of the job. It also includes off-the-job training at Appris in Bradford, so please make allowances for the travel.

About the employer

Francis W Birkett is a ‘one-stop shop’ precision machine shop, specialising in the complete supply of components in heat, wear and corrosion-resistant alloys. Our extensive CNC as well as conventional machining facilities offer the flexibility of low to high volume production.




Francis W Birkett Ltd

St Peg Lane


BD19 3SL

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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