Apprentice Toolmaker and Tool & Die Technician FALKLAND ENGINEERING (BURNLEY) LTD

This vacancy is for an Toolmaking Apprentice based in Burnley. Toolmaking Apprentices 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: 30 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Dependant on candidate (experience, age etc.)

    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

    Monday - Thursday - 08:00 - 16:30, Friday - 08:00 - 13:00

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    25 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This requires the application of a broad range of activities including:

  • Understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculations in a Toolmaking environment
  • Understand the structure, properties and characteristics of common materials used for the manufacture and repair of tooling, Moulds, Dies and jigs and fixtures
  • Understand the safe operation, correct selection and the application of a range of hand tools used for toolmaking and die maintenance, including grinders, drills, stones etc.
  • Understand the safe operation and operating principles of a range of complex and often state of the art workshop machinery (such as CNC lathes, milling, grinding and erosion machining centres, drilling and welding equipment)
  • Understand how to set up and operate the machinery/ equipment efficiently and effectively
  • Understand the principles of how the relevant tools, dies, jigs and fixtures being manufactured/maintained function, the operating sequences, the purpose of individual components/ systems and how they interact
  • Understand the application of pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical and electronic systems as applied to various moulding, injection, pressing and similar associated machinery.
  • Read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to produce and/or maintain tool and die components, assemblies and systems
  • Apply methods and techniques to produce, assemble, disassemble repair and/or maintain tools, dies, jigs and fixtures as applicable to the employer requirements
  • Manufacture components (such as tooling, dies, jigs and fixtures)
  • Undertake testing to confirm correct operation, and of the effectiveness of repairs and maintenance activities carried out.
  • Undertake equipment/asset care and/or Preventative Planned Maintenance processes and procedures
  • Carry out complex fault diagnosis and repair activities covering the following technologies as applicable to the tool, die, jig and fixture environment: - Maintaining mechanical equipment - Maintaining fluid & pneumatic power equipment - Maintaining electrical & electronic equipment - Maintaining process control equipment
  • Contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures

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, Initiative, Patience, Interested in Engineering, Good Time Management


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

Falkland Engineering is a Sub-Contract Engineering Company, with a committed and highly motivated workforce of 15 people. Their objective is to provide the best engineering backup, design and manufacture base in the area. To do this, they have developed a company with complete 'in-house' facilities since 1982. They are capable of producing a tool or fixture from design through to manufacture; without the product having to leave the factory. This includes tool try-out and capability studies. They use the latest technology in a controlled environment with modern management techniques. Falkland Engineering was established in 1982 and since then they have manufactured an estimated 1000+ press tools and 4000+jigs and fixtures. They now have 15 employees, including 4 in the office, 2 draughtsmen and 12 tool makers.







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Training provider



Grace Gardner


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please apply online at quoting the reference number of the vacancy you are interested in. If you have already applied online please call 01254 546 59 and we can add the vacancy to your current application form.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Jun 2023