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PETA Ltd are looking to source an exceptional Engineering Toolmaking Apprentice for our client, Formaplex. You will learn how to undertake the highly skilled, complex and specialist detailed work of manufacturing and maintaining the engineering tooling used to produce plastic and composite components and products

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

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    08.00 – 16.00 Monday to Friday (30 minute paid lunch)

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    19 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    19 May 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This requires interpretating drawings and technical instructions and the use of hand, machine and CNC machine tools and measuring equipment. If you want to become a highly skilled machinist manufacturing complex, precision parts and components from specialist materials using machine tools and hand fitting techniques this is the role for you.

  • You will learn how to receive and check materials ensuring that they are available and correct
  • As a Toolmaking engineering apprentice you will become competent using engineering drawings and technical specifications to set and operate machinery
  • You will learn how to assemble and build mould tools, using handfitting techniques finishing tools to a high standard
  • Follow processes and use proven techniques, including setting up work holding using chucks, fixtures and vices and specialist tooling
  • As a Toolmaking engineering apprentice you will become competent planning how to complete milling/turning operations, entering programming data into CNC Mills and Lathes
  • Become competent programming, setting and operating CNC machinery
  • As a Toolmaking engineering apprentice you will gain experience taking responsibility for adjusting a range of machining parameters to maximise machining outcomes producing products with a high degree of accuracy and finish, ensuring quality standards are achieved
  • You will become competent using conventional mechanical measuring equipment including Vernier’s, Micrometre’s to check that work is correct

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

When your formal CNC machining  engineering apprenticeship starts you will be paid and day-released to PETA in Havant for the duration of your programme.  This will start by learning how to work safely, efficiently and use technical information. You will also learn how to use manual lathes and Mills, CNC lathes and mills as well as use hand fitting and assembly skills. Additionally you will learn how to use Computer Aided Design systems and undertake improvement activities. You will go on to complete a Level 3 Technical Diploma and NVQ.

Overall duration 48 months

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

As a CNC machining engineering apprentice, this programme will form part of our succession planning for the future. You will be trained, supported and monitored throughout the process.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Logical, Motivated and driven, Open minded, Willing to develop, Good manual dexterity, Good hand / eye co-ordination


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

• Auto-enrolled into the company pension scheme after qualification period (equal contribution) • 23 days holiday plus bank holidays • Free parking on site • Cycle to work scheme • Specsavers scheme (with subsidised purchase) • Additional days holiday purchase scheme • Wellbeing service • Life assurance (3 x annual salary) • Onsite restroom with kitchen facilities We would encourage early submissions of applications, as these will be considered on receipt and suitable candidates invited for interview. We reserve the right to withdraw the advertisement early if the vacancy is filled before the closing date.

About the employer

Formaplex are a polymer, composite and carbon fibre manufacturing company working with world-class clients at the forefront of their industries. We are a dynamic fast-paced, flexible and friendly team and we’re going places. At Formaplex we put our people first by investing in training and skills development. We see that it benefits the individuals as well as our business. We’ve got ambitious plans for growth and an aim to make things better, faster, lighter and stronger, working together as one team. We’re looking for like-minded people to join us.




Access Point

Northarbour Road



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Training provider


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: 31 Aug 2022