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This vacancy is for a Toolmaking Apprentice based in Burnley, Lancashire. Toolmaker and Tool & Die Technicians are predominantly involved in the highly skilled, complex and specialist detailed work of manufacturing and maintaining the engineering tooling used to produce components, products and assemblies.

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Closing date: 24 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Working week to be confirmed at interview.

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    05 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As an Apprentice Toolmaker you will be trained to produce precision tools and work-holding devices.

During your apprenticeship you will learn how to manufacture and assemble new tooling and how to re-furbish worn tooling.

The tools you will make are used to:
* Cut
* Shape
* Form metals and other materials to manufacture our range of products.

You will become skilled, not only in conventional milling, turning, grinding and assembly. You will develop skills in programming, setting and operation of our state-of-the-art CNC multi axis machining centres.

This is a 4 year apprenticeship where you will be expected to complete your HNC in Mechanical Engineering.

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

* Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence).
* Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) - Toolmaker, Tool & Die Maintenence.
* Level 3 Diploma or extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).
* Functional skills in English, maths and ICT (if not already achieved).

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Engineers are inventors, designers and problem solvers, people who make a difference to the way we live. As trained professionals, engineers are well paid and highly respected. Many get top jobs and even run their own companies. If you enjoy working as part of a team, like solving problems and have a practical flair, you will find engineering has a lot to offer.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Accuracy, Strong Work Ethic, Good Time Keeping


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4/C or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Technology (Grade 4/C or above) Desired

Things to consider

Please do not contact Company direct. PLEASE NOTE; we reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received a suitable number of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply ASAP if you wish to be considered for this role.

About the employer

Based in Burnley, Lancashire, Fort Vale Engineering Limited is the world leader in the design and manufacture of manways, safety valves and loading and discharge systems for the transportation, transfer and storage of bulk liquids and liquefied gas.




Calder Vale Park Simonstone Lane Simonstone


BB12 7ND

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Training provider



Grace Gardner

01254 54659

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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