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Apprentice Toolmaker - New Tooling and Automation TECONNEX LIMITED

Due to continued growth we require apprentices within our department. Working alongside busy maintenance and engineering departments and you will liaise with other maintenance engineers, production operatives, production engineers and management to maximise productivity. The Toolmaker role will progress to a Tool Servicing Engineer role.

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Closing date: 19 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    • To be considered - shift patterns may differ per role.

    Total hours per week: 38.0

  • Expected duration

    45 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    10 Jun 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?


Toolmakers are predominantly involved in the highly skilled, complex and specialist detailed work of manufacturing and maintaining the engineering tooling used to produce components, products and assemblies. These products, assemblies and systems affect all of our daily lives, whether it be for travel such as (cars, planes, boats and rail) energy, defence, food, clothing, packaging and health including medical equipment, devices and implants such as joint replacements. This requires the application of a broad range of activities including the interpretation of Engineering drawings and technical instructions and the use of hand, machine and automated computer controlled machine tools and measuring equipment.

Key Responsibilities:

·         The safe use of all tool room equipment and machines

·         To repair/maintain and modify press tools

·         To do routine servicing and refurbishing of tools

·         To attend breakdowns, identify fault and problem solve at the press with minimal downtime

·         To manufacture new and replacement parts to engineering drawings

·         The principles of how different parts of a tool function

·         To be able to evaluate each job and determine if it can be repaired in the press or must be taken out and in to tool service for repair

·         To be able to estimate length of time required to perform the repair

·         To be able to Identify and escalate any fault that has the potential to cause harm or damage

·         To record all relevant data on tooling and spares

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

Toolmaking Apprentices are often engaged in a wide variety of technical activities to support the toolmaking process from;

·         Machining components using conventional and/or CNC machine tools

·         Checking the quality of the finished part

·         Designing systems that support manufacturing operations

·         Introduction of improvements in the toolmaking cycle

·         Maintaining a range of production tools

·         1st Year

The first year of your training will be spent gaining the underpinning skills and knowledge required of an apprentice in the engineering sector. You will be undertaking practical workshop units learning about the processes and techniques used with a manufacturing company. These will include hand fitting and machining skills as well as developing a knowledge of CNC manufacture, and techniques used to improve processes within the workplace. Along with classroom based study covering health & safety and technical communication, the application of materials and using measurement tools.

You will also undertake academic study towards a level 3 Engineering Diploma and will cover the more technically challenging topics of advanced maths & science, mechanical/ electrical principles, engineering drawing and CAD design.

This first year will provide you with a good foundation of both manufacturing processes and knowledge. Attending Keighley College for 3 days per week. The remaining 2 days per week will be in company following an identified program of experiencing the various technical departments allowing you to develop/register your specific area of interest.

You will complete the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) in this 1st year.

2nd Year

The second year of your training will focus on completing the academic study program on a day release basis at Keighley College. You will also be following a more structured internal training program spending an extended period in a range of technical departments gaining the foundation skills and knowledge required to carry out the functions of that department. You will maintain a work based logbook and produce a portfolio of evidence to support the skills you have developed. During this year you will be then allocated to a specific role and department to complete your apprenticeship and work towards completing workplace skill units from a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in AME - Toolmaker

You will complete the Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) in this 2nd year.

3rd year

The 3rd year of your apprenticeship will be based entirely in the workplace, supported by an assessor who will monitor your progress and skills development. You will be developing the focused skills and knowledge required to work in your identified technical department and job role. Whilst completing the logbook and portfolio as evidence of your competence and knowledge.

You will complete the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in AME - Toolmaker

Final 6 months

The final months will cover preparing for an end-point assessment. This is synoptic and takes place at the end of the apprentice’s learning and development (final six months).  It will consist of a performance assessment in the workplace through a professional discussion – providing a logbook / portfolio of evidence. Knowledge/practical assessments and assignments. This will be undertaken by an External examination body and will be graded as either a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Potential full time job offer or progression onto a higher level apprenticeship upon completion.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Problem solving skills, Knowledge on tooling, Safe use of a milling machine, Safe use of a surface grinder, The safe use of a lathe, Safe use of drilling machines, Safe use of hand tools, Knowledge of measuring, Understanding drawings, Basic use of AutoCAD, Knowledge of presses, Understanding processes, Work on own initiative, Assist and train others, Work with minimal supervision, interpret data


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

Things to consider

Please include on the application why you are interested in the Apprentice Toolmaker Engineering role.

About the employer

Teconnex is a global leader in providing engineered clamping solutions for the emissions market while investing in new technology through our Product Diversification Programme. With facilities in four continents, our continuous improvement has seen us diversify our production to meet the requirements of a number of industry sectors. Our History began with manufacturing technical joint solutions and continues to grow on a global stage but Teconnex today has expanded into the world of Bellows, power, aerospace, automation, tooling and more in the future. Our Vision is to be the world’s leading ‘engineered solutions provider’ enabling environmental change, preferred by our customers, powered by our people. Our Mission - Connecting our customers to a cleaner world. Our People are well motivated and rewarded, encouraged to develop, have a clear sense of direction and are willing to embrace Teconnex values. Our Direction, whilst being financially prudent, is innovative, imaginative and has a genuine concern for the interests of all stakeholders and promotes continuous improvement as a way of life.




Teconnex Ltd

Bronte Warehouse

Chesham Street

BD21 4LG

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Training provider




01535 685118

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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