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Forge and Press Shop Toolmaker Apprentice W H TILDESLEY LTD

Apprentice required to manufacture new tooling, maintain and repair all tooling for use in a drop forge and press shop environment, some basic welding and develop CAD/CAM skills.

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Closing date: 05 Nov 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    8.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 3.30pm on Fridays

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    17 Nov 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

General duties involved will include:

  • As part of the toolroom team manufacturing new tooling to customer drawings
  • Maintaining and repairing all tooling for use in a drop forge and press shop environment
  • Using hand tools, milling machines and machining centre machines
  • Maybe some requirement for basic welding for repairs to tooling
  • Attending forge and press shop on a regular basis to assess and correct tooling issues
  • Longer term CAD/CAM skills to be able to assist with product design to improve right first time capability in manufacturing effort
  • Longer term develop simulation software skills to be able to assist with forge simulation to best fit material sizing and design to customer drawings and requirements

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

This is a four-year apprenticeship resulting in a Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard, Toolmaking pathway. 

Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Toolmaker, Tool and Die Maintenance and a Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

You will be required to attend college, In-Comm Training Services Limited, in Aldridge, WS9 8UG, on a part time basis for the first 2 years as part of this training, which will include:

Complying with Statutory Regulations and Organisation Safety Requirements
Working Efficiently and Effectively in an Engineering Environment
Using and Communicating Technical Information
Conducting Business Improvement Techniques
Producing Components using Hand Fitting Techniques
Assembling and Testing Fluid Power Systems
Preparing and Using Lathes for Turning Operations
Preparing and Using Milling Machines
Preparing and Using Grinding Machines
Preparing and Using CNC Machining Centres
General Welding Applications

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Full time position at the company upon successful completion of this apprenticeship

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, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Physical fitness, interest in engineering


GCSE or equivalent English & Maths as a minimum (Grade 4/C and above) Essential

About the employer

W.H.Tildesley Ltd, established in 1874, is one of the oldest drop forging companies remaining in the United Kingdom. A recent £1.4 Million refurbishment means that we now have the most modern drop forging facility in the UK. Our extensive in-house capabilities enable us to offer an efficient service by reducing the use of sub-contractors, improving quality and lead times.







WV13 2AN

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Training provider



Sue Fisher or Alex Jones

01922 457686

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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