Apprentice Tool maker/ Apprentice Tool Maintenance Engineer RUTLAND PLASTICS LIMITED

The successful candidate will join the team in the busy, modern tool room at Rutland Plastics. Following a departmental rotation, the apprentice will work alongside both the tool making and tool maintenance teams to learn the skills to repair and manufacture complex injection mould tools.

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Closing date: 01 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    32 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays). Salary to be reviewed annually throughout apprenticeship.

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday – 8am – 5pm and Friday – 8am – 3.45pm. 45 minute lunch break daily.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    30 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The position will involve:

  • Undertaking modifications and repairs to existing injection mould tools.
  • Manufacture of new tools in house to customers specification.
  • Use of both manual and CNC machinery as well as interpreting complex CAD drawings.

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


  • Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in Engineering Technician - Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician Pathway.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering - Toolmaker and Tool & Die Maintenance (Development Competence).
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge).
  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence).

Delivery Method

  • Currently delivered two days per week (Term Time Only) at Loughborough College, first and second year of learning. One day per week (Term Time Only) at Loughborough College third year of learning.


What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Tool Maker or Tool Maintenance Engineer depending on applicants preference and suitability.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including Maths and English (Grade Grade C / 4 or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Engineering (Grade Pass/ Achieved/Level 2) Desired

Things to consider

Additional training to take place at Loughborough College to develop knowledge, skills, and behaviours to accordance to this Apprenticeship. Please ensure you are able to travel before applying. Loughborough College reserves the right to withdraw this vacancy before the end date, following consultation with the employer.

About the employer

Rutland Plastics is one of the UK's leading Plastic injection moulders and the winner of The Processor of the Year 2021. For more than 65 years we have worked in close partnership with customers and suppliers across a diverse range of industries providing effective design and efficient manufacturing solutions. During that time, we have built up an enviable reputation for technical know-how, quality and reliability.




Cold Overton Road Oakham


LE15 6NU

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Training provider



Hayley Cousins

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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