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Do you have an interest in developing your skills in a more hands on role. We are offering the right person a great opportunity with this Capstan/CNC Machine Shop Apprentice Role. The long-term vision is for you to become an all-round, versatile machine setter/operator, with the right training.

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Closing date: 15 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual 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 - Friday, 8.00am - 4.30pm with 15 minute morning break and half an hour unpaid lunch.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    17 Jun 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Problem solving
  • Part inspection
  • Basic programming skills
  • Setting up machines for small batch quantities
  • Running machines to complete work effectively
  • You will learn all the elements of machining from using lathes, milling machines and computer controlled machines

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

Material Cutter Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard Which will include

  • Read, interpret, and follow information for example work instructions, material specifications.
  • Prepare the work area for cutting materials.
  • Maintain the work area.
  • Follow health and safety regulations, legislation and procedures; PPE, manual handling, lifting procedures and ergonomic practice.
  • Follow environmental and sustainability regulations and procedures.
  • Estimate and calculate material requirements to complete the job.
    Select material following specification or instruction.
  • Inspect materials against specifications and quality standard.
  • Check lay plan.
  • Prepare materials for cutting for example lay and spread material.
  • Select, check and use tools/equipment for the task.
  • Cut material by hand and/or machine for example band knife, shears, laser.
  • Check quality of the lay post cut for example waste minimised, grain, component positioning, colour continuity.
  • Check cut components.
  • Prepare material for the next stage of the production process for example bundling, labelling.
  • Identify and segregate material for reuse, recycling and disposal.
  • Check and clean tools and equipment and sharpen or change blades as required.
  • Report cutting issues for example material faults, equipment faults shortages, required recuts, lay plan.
  • Apply continuous improvement techniques.
  • Communicate with colleagues: verbal.
  • Enter information - written or electronic.

The course that runs alongside this apprenticeship, may involve spending one day per week at college, but this will be confirmed

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, there is the opportunity of permanent employment.  The position has room for progression and growth, and with the right training, to manage your own section
The course that runs alongside this apprenticeship, may involve spending one day per week at college, but this will be confirmed

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Pro-active, Good time keeping, Willingness to learn, Responsible


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent) Desired

About the employer

THE APPRENTICESHIP WORKS LTD is acting as an Apprentice Training Agency (ATA) and will engage you for the duration of the Apprenticeship and pay your salary. You should be aware that the company/business named in this vacancy is a host employer and you will not be employed by them.




Union Fasteners Limited

Unit 34

Darlaston Central Trading Estate

WS10 8XB


Bev Morris

0121 544 6455

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Material cutter

Level 2 (GCSE)

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