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Gravity Foundry Apprentice ALUCAST LTD

Via this Apprenticeship, you will learn and develop in a role and gain experience of working in a Foundry using various equipment and machinery.

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Closing date: 28 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday-Thursday 7.00 am to 3.30 pm (30 mins Break), Friday 7.00 am to 2.30 pm (30 Mins Break).

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    7 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Via this Apprenticeship, you will learn and develop in a role with the following responsibilities:

  • Initially candidate will learn how to operate safely to get experience in Alucast’s Gravity Foundry using a range of free-standing manual die tables, tilt pour machines, and hydraulically operated machines. This will include using gas melting furnaces safely and correctly and how to treat the metal to ensure customer specifications are maintained
  • Candidate will also learn the theory and principles of foundry technology, quality systems, metallurgy, design, and manufacturing and production systems

Additionally, candidate will:

  • Learn how to operate all the other various machines within the foundry
  • Learn and understand the different methods for finishing castings before they go to the customers
  • Learn how to set up machine parameters on new and existing tooling to produce good quality components
  • Learn and understand Quality Control procedures and reasons for implementation.
  • Learn the 5S principles and work towards lean manufacturing
  • Learn how to operate and record data onto various IT Systems
  • Learn how to manage work schedules and man power
  • We will liaise with the Foundry Training College to provide additional technical training offsite on a block release basis

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

Diploma in engineering operations (skills)

Ofqual regulated

Level of qualification: 2

Certificate or Diploma in engineering operations (knowledge)

Ofqual regulated

Level of qualification: 2

Apprentices without Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths must ensure that apprentices achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

You will be required to attend college 2 days per week at Dudley College, Advance Campus, DY1 4AD

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The successful candidate will go on to do a 5 Year apprenticeship leading to a professional engineering qualification.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Drive, Enthusiasm, Loyalty, Reliability, Flexibility, Willingness to help, Bright positive outlook, Enquiring mind


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3 / D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3 / D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 3 / D) Desired

Things to consider

The initial contact will be with Next Gen Makers and A E Sartorius Chairman, Alucast, but the Managing Director and Manufacturing Manager will carry out interviews too. Recommended Reading: Mini Casting Handbook by John Campbell

About the employer

Alucast is a casting and machining business with 110 employees, making parts for Aston Martin, Morgan, Lotus, Jaguar Land Rover. Based in Wednesbury.







WS10 7BW

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Training provider



Claire Harper

01384 363107

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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