Here at CWE Ltd we have a vacancy for an apprentice CNC Machinist to assist us in adopting a renewed focus on the rail industry. We're not just precision engineers, we are also fast-thinking problem solvers. If this sounds like the environment you wish to be a part of, we'd love to hear from you.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Starting at £6 per hour. Pay will increase every year based on the successful completion of apprenticeship phases.

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 07:00 - 15:30 and Friday, 07:00 - 13:00

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    31 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Machine Setup: Assisting in the setup of CNC machines, which involves loading materials, securing workpieces, and installing cutting tools according to specifications
  • Programming: Learning and assisting with CNC programming, which involves inputting the appropriate instructions into the machine to execute the desired machining operations
  • Operating CNC Machines: Running CNC machines and monitoring their operation to ensure they produce parts within specified tolerances and quality standards
  • Troubleshooting: Identifying and addressing issues with CNC machines, such as tool wear, program errors, or machine malfunctions, and working to resolve them with guidance from experienced machinists
  • Collaborating with the team to identify and troubleshoot
    technical issues
  • Maintaining accurate records of work performed
  • Adhering to health and safety guidelines

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

  • Training will be completed 1 day per week at Doncaster College The hub site
  • The other 4 days a week will be hands-on learning at CWE Limited site at Ealand
  • You will undertake the Level 3 Machining Technician Apprenticeship  Standard
  • You will undertake Functional Skills for English and/or maths if needed
  • You will undertake both on and off-the-job training by a team of industry-qualified professionals to give you the best skills, knowledge and experience that will help you become a CNC Machinist of the future

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

On successful completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will become a skilled tradesperson and be offered a full-time role as part of the CWE team.

CWE Limited is a rapidly growing company which offers multiple routes for career progression post apprenticeship depending on the path the candidate favours:

  • Quality – Inspector or quality technician
  • Operations – team leader or continuous improvement specialist
  • Commercial – Account manager or project manager

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English and Math (Grade C/4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

You must be able to travel to and from work and college. CWE limited has a rail station 50m from the site with connections to Doncaster / Scunthorpe and the surrounding area. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

About the employer

CWE Ltd. is a forward-facing, future-ready business. We are a proactive team, passionate about delivering the best possible service and highest quality parts to our customers. From our Centre of Excellence for Rail in Crowle, we offer our customers one of the most comprehensive rolling-stock refurbishment services in the UK. We’re proud of our heritage, but looking to the future. We’ve recently adopted a renewed focus on the rail industry, which will make the most of our in-house expertise and enable us to deliver a more comprehensive service to our customers. We’re not just precision engineers, we’re also fast-thinking problem solvers. We take complex projects in our stride and deliver flexible, intelligent fleet-management solutions to UK rail.







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Training provider



Asa Buckley

Apprenticeship standard

Machining technician

Level 3 (A level)

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