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Engineering Apprentice (CNC Programmer and Machinist) ALKEN SYSTEMS LIMTED

Also known as CNC operators or CNC machine operators, CNC machinists use computer software programs to create operating instructions for computer numerical controlled precision machinery such as presses, drills and lathes. Within this role you will learn to program and machine jobs from start to finish with a high level of accuracy.

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Closing date: 10 Jan 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Mon to Thursday 8.00am until 5.00pm, Friday 8.00am until 1.00pm (unless at college which will require flexibility to suit)

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    26 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?


  • Learning to set and operate CNC Lathes and CNC milling machines
  • Setting up tools and loading materials onto CNC Machines
  • Operating the machine to an acceptable production target whist maintaining a high standard of quality
  • Ensuring first off checks are signed off and final quality checks are carried out and recorded
  • Reading and understanding of engineering drawings
  • Learning how to use measuring equipment with precision and accuracy
  • Machine daily checks
  • Working with the supervisors to implement the company's policies and business objectives
  • Making a positive contribution to maintaining a workplace that is healthy, safe, neat, and tidy

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

Level 3 Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Qualification

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) – Awarding organization EAL; GLH 750, this qualification ensures full knowledge to complete the fitting role.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

After completion of your apprenticeship you will potentially have the opportunity to progress onto full time positions within the business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Good communication skills, Good mechanical skills, Enthusiastic, Motivated, Flexible, Courteous, Friendly, Have a positive approach


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C+) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C+) Essential

Things to consider

Things to consider: This type of work can be physically demanding, working with oils/greases and various types of hand tools and machinery. Company benefits: 21 days plus 8 Bank Holidays

About the employer

Alken was first established in 1975 by Ken Coverley, and the business remains family owned. Based in New Mills in the High Peak, Derbyshire, Alken was initially set up as a machine shop, and through acquisition the company expanded into fabrication. In 1999, we relocated to a purpose-built facility in Birch Vale just 2 miles outside of New Mills. Having purchased land, the steel work for the new factory was designed, fabricated and then erected by Alken’s own engineers and civil team. Due to increased customer demand the facility was further extended in 2002 and then again in 2008 and now exceeds 30,000 sq ft of production shop floor space with a further 7,000 sq ft of offices space. In 2015, following a group restructure involving a management buy in, with Giles Wyatt joining Paul Coverley as a director and shareholder, Alken Systems Limited was created and now occupy one half of the group facility with Alken Engineering in the other, with our Laser and Flame cutting division operating from a separate facility in New Mills. Operating as a standalone company Alken Systems retain a wealth of engineering experience that has been built up over the last 18 years, primarily in the Mixing and Processing Industry. However our expertise does not end there and with Fabrication and Sheet Metal to complement our modern machine shop. We can offer bespoke finishes such and Mechanical Polish, Electro-Polish, and also Bead Blasting or Powder Coating. Providing a service second to none our portfolio of customers has grown over the last decade as we expanded into a variety of engineering sectors. We pride ourselves on being a Specialist Sub-Contract Engineering business, offering a ‘One stop shop’ where every aspect of your engineering requirement can be catered for efficiently, in a friendly and responsive manner. Alken Systems Ltd has a strong background of providing a right first time, high quality service to our customers. We pride ourselves on being a reliable supplier of high-quality engineering services and giving feedback to our customers throughout the manufacturing process. When the company was formed in 2015 we were quick to be accredited to the highest quality standards and are proud that all our employees are highly skilled and flexible. Our belief is that developing our engineering business ensures that our customers always get the best solution possible – so we invest time and money in pursuing new machining and fabrication technology and implementing best practice quality standards as a part of the way we all work. Where necessary, we tailor our working practises to suit customer specific audit requirements. Throughout the production process, our regulated inspection procedures ensure complete ISO conformance and traceability. First off, batch and final inspections are performed by our experienced dedicated engineers. We are accredited to the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standard.







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Training provider



Maxim Business Training


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering fitter

Level 3 (A level)

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