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Apprentice Tool Maker and Machine Operator G.A.P.S. SERVICES LTD

• Learn and understand about different thread types and their respective geometries. • Learn how to operate manual Matrix grinding machines for the purposes of thread grinding. • Learn how to operate CNC grinding machines for the purposes of thread grinding. • Learn how to measure and inspect tools using a variety of inspection devices.

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Closing date: 25 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Following a successful probationary period, overtime may be offered at the following premium rates of pay: o 1.33 x hourly wage for weekday evenings o 1.5 x hourly wage for Saturday working. o 2 x hourly wage for Sunday working.

  • Working week

    7.30am – 4.30pm Monday-Thursday 7.30am – 12.30pm Friday.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    20 Oct 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • At GAPS Services you will be involved in the highly skilled, complex and specialist detailed work of manufacturing engineering tooling dies used to put threads onto fasteners.
  • This requires the application of a broad range of activities including;
  • The interpretation of engineering drawings and technical instructions.
  • The use of manual milling machines.
  • Lathes, surface grinders and CNC machines.
  • The use of measuring and inspection equipment.

Technicians must comply with applicable legislation and organisational safety requirements and be expected to work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team, working with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems. They will be expected to test and adjust the systems they have built or maintained ensuring tooling, jigs, fixtures and assemblies meet the required specification. This requires the application of a broad range of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across a range of engineering disciplines.

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

  • Engineering Technician Level 3 – Toolmaker
  • Day release to NWSLC
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English (if needed)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?


Full-time employment is available to successful apprentices.

Annual Salary reviews.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative


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

Things to consider

This is a factory-based engineering role, with the associated environmental factors. The successful applicants will be expected to work on their machine alone for periods of time whilst maintaining full concentration levels. 33 days holiday per year (including Bank Holidays and Christmas shut down).

About the employer

G.A.P.S Services Ltd engineer and manufacture precision thread rolling dies primarily supplied to the aerospace and motorsport sectors. G.A.P.S complete the majority of the manufacturing process in house, from turning, surface grinding to thread grinding, all of which is inspected to extremely tight tolerances. Fasteners created using our tools are used by Formula 1 teams as well as by aeroplane manufacturers. G.A.P.S are a family run business that have been operating out of their factory in Nuneaton for nearly 40 years and are now looking to expand the workforce by adding two apprentices.







CV11 4LA

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Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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