Machinist Apprentice VALEN FITTINGS LTD

Engineering machining apprentice required to learn how to operate various machinery including lathes, millers, laser cutters and CNC programmed machines.

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Closing date: 28 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    7.15am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 7.15am to 1.15pm on Fridays.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    03 May 2023

  • Date posted

    16 Dec 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • The apprentice will be required to learn how to operate lathes, millers and laser cutters.
  • You will also progress to use CNC machines.
  • You will follow inhouse quality audits.
  • Conform to health and safety requirements as well as high specification customer tolerances.

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

This is a four year apprenticeship and you will achieve level three Engineering Technician qualification.

The successful apprentice will attend the training provider, 2.5 days per week for the first two years, at In-Comm Training Services in Aldridge, WS9 8UG.

After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)

After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) - Machining
Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There will be an opportunity to progress within the company due to continued company succession planning, and develop to take on a senior role. Potential HNC level 4

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Real interest in engineering


GCSE or equivalent English and maths (Grade 9-4) Essential

About the employer

From humble origins in a small machine shop in Walsall in 1976, Valen Fittings has developed into a significant manufacturing company with over 40 years of experience, providing excellence to the quality-critical oil and gas industry. As our expertise in making fittings and pipe has grown, we have twice expanded our production plant. We now have a dedicated area for the manufacture of welded pipe in bespoke lengths to suit your exact requirements, saving you the expense of purchasing random lengths. The development of the company has focused on manufacturing high-quality products with very short lead-times, whether for standard or non-standard items, or for order quantities large and small. Our ability to produce consistently high-quality fittings has been strengthened over the years as we have gained experience supplying many major projects in a wide variety of grades, sizes and thicknesses. Our highly controlled production facilities ensure that we successfully manufacture excellent-quality products. With an on-site independent radiography unit and an on-site independent UKAS approved testing laboratory, we can tightly manage your order from start to finish. The exacting standards of our pipe and fittings demand a very high skill level from our employees. We have been able to maintain and strengthen our manufacturing abilities by supporting and investing in our workforce. The resulting very low staff turnover ensures that we can consistently meet the most stringent quality requirements. Despite our established excellence, we are not complacent. We have a programme for training and developing apprentices in many areas of the business to ensure that the vital specialist skills are passed to the next generation. Only by continually investing in new equipment, techniques and, crucially, our employees, have we developed the skills and flexibility to ensure that we have become, and will remain, a market leader in the manufacture of high-quality welded pipe and fittings.








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Training provider



Sue Fisher


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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