Craft Apprentice - Machine Shop IMI Thompson Valves

IMI Thompson Valves, a leading Engineering company based in Poole, is recruiting Level 3 Craft Apprentices to work in Machining. Apprentices will be mentored throughout their four-year apprenticeship and will work alongside skilled operators, setters and engineers to develop key skills and achieve recognised qualifications.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salaries are reviewed annually each September. 25 days holiday pa, Matched pension contributions to 7%, 5 x Death in Service, Share Save Scheme, Health Cash Plan, Cycle to work scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Onsite Massage and Work Wear.

  • Working week

    For the first two years, the hours will be: Mon - Thur 8.00am-4.30pm; Fri 8.00am-1.00pm During years three and four, Apprentices will move to our double day shift – working a rotation of two weeks on earlies & two weeks on lates. No night shift working.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    08 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Apprentices will:

  • Carry out a broad range of machining techniques on lathes, mills and drills
  • Deburr, engrave and clean manufactured components
  • Weld
  • Complete all necessary quality documentation associated with the work being conducted
  • Attend the technical college and complete assignments in a timely manner and to an appropriate standard
  • Learn and understand metal cutting technology and processes for the training elements under review
  • Complete office based activities supporting design, procurement, production engineering and inventory control
  • Work in a safe, tidy manner in line with Company policy
  • Work in accordance with health and safety requirements
  • Perform other such duties commensurate with the nature and level of the post as may be reasonably required

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

Apprentices will undertake a Machining Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard programme. This will include a full-time period of practical workshop based ‘off-the-job’ training at SETA’s Apprenticeship Centre in Southampton.They will also begin a technical certificate (depending on their prior attainments) where they will be required to attend SETA one day a week over two academic years. After their initial training at SETA, they will be on site working on developing their skills for their End Point Assessment.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

On completion of their Apprenticeship, candidates can expect to be ready to move into a role as Setter Operator and continue their career progression towards Programmer Setter Operator and Production Engineer.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Good Manual Dexterity, Prepared to Learn, Enthusiastic, Flexible


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4-5 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4-5 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4-5 or above) Essential

Things to consider

Travel to and from SETA training and workplace.

About the employer

IMI Thompson Valves is a specialist, with over 60 years’ experience, in the design and manufacture of high integrity valves for critical nuclear, oil & gas, petrochemical and marine applications. Our products have an outstanding reputation for integrity and reliability in extreme applications, used extensively worldwide, meeting internationally recognised standards.


IMI Thompson Valves


17 Balena Close


BH17 7EF


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Machining technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Candidates will be invited to an interactive group assessment centre where they will find out more about IMI Thompson Valves and have a tour of the site.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Jun 2023