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Apprentice Engineering Operative COOKE OPTICS LIMITED

The position available is practical work for an apprentice who wants to train as an Engineering Operative within a busy and fast-moving engineering environment. Ideal candidate would be enthusiastic about learning new engineering skills and have a genuine interest in engineering working environment.

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Closing date: 11 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 7:30am - 4:00pm, Friday 7:30am - 12:30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    15 Dec 2022

  • Date posted

    19 Oct 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The role is a practical work role that will involve the individual training in the area of Opto-Mechanical Engineering to eventually become a fully skilled technician. The individual would be expected to undergo rigorous training.

Some of the duties:

  • Produce specialist components, using a range of materials to customer specifications and requirements
  • Using conventional machines
  • Using CNC machines

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

  • Intermediate apprenticeship, Engineering Operative Level 2
  • Block release to Stephenson Campus, Coalville (Part of SMB College Group)
  • Functional skills if necessary
  • On-the-job training
  • Off-the-job training

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

To progress within the business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Motivated, Enthusiastic


GCSE or equivalent Math, English and Science (Grade 3 or above) Essential

Things to consider

Commute distance from both Cooke Optics Ltd and College. It is desirable but not essential that the successful candidates have received the Covid 19 vaccine.

About the employer

For 100 years, Cooke has been at the centre of the filmmaking business. We lead by introducing new products such as Technology, and we remember our success is built on a simple idea - do what the filmmaker needs. Our factory in Leicester, England has generations from the same family working side by side. That experience is un-beaten anywhere. We manufacture a full range of primes and zooms for 35mm, digital and Super 16mm photography, plus a range of large format stills lenses.




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Training provider



Apprenticeship Team (SMB College Group)


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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