Apprentice Machining Technician THURNE-MIDDLEBY LTD

This is an exciting opportunity to begin a career in the engineering sector as an Apprentice CNC Machinist, with plenty of opportunity to learn and develop whilst working at Thurne - Middleby Ltd in Norwich. You will learn how to use CNC machines, how to work safely and how to machine a range of components.

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Closing date: 26 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The wage will depend on the candidate's age. The weekly wage will equate to: £253.50 - £292.11. Annual salary will equate to: £13,217.49 - £15,230.61.

  • Working week

    Working hours will be Monday - Friday, between 7.00am - 5.00pm to be discussed with the candidate - 30 minute break every day.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Thurne is a leader in high speed slicing equipment, developing a succession of industry first slicers pioneering vision, scanning and computer technologies that benefit small family firms and large multi-site corporations. You will be working in the Parts Production Department.

You will be required to:

  • Machine high quality components guided by technical drawings
  • To set up and run a CNC machine
  • To program new jobs as and when required in the most efficient way possible
  • Assist in improving methods and productivity
  • Maintain safe working practices and high standards of housekeeping
  • Work effectively as part of a team

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

For the full apprenticeship, candidates will complete:

  • Level 3 EAL Extended Diploma in Machining (Development and Knowledge)

For the End Point Assessment (EPA) apprentices will undertake a practical demonstration with questions, a knowledge test and an interview underpinned by the portfolio.

This apprenticeship also aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) for Engineering Technicians (EngTech)
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for Engineering Technicians (EngTech)
  • Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for Engineering Technicians (EngTech)

Apprentices must attend college sessions one day per week at the Ipswich Road campus, located near Norwich city centre.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

A position may be available for the right candidate following successful completion of the apprenticeship. The business is looking for somebody who wants to develop and gain a position following their apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Practically minded, Good listening skills, Good observational skills, Precision and accuracy, Hard working, Safety- conscious, Good time keeping skills, Able to learn hands- on skills, Dependable, Able to follow instructions


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 4/C or L2 Functional Skills) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Resistant Materials or Engineering (Grade 4/C) Desired

Things to consider

Applicants who are currently undertaking or sitting GCSEs should include their predicted grades on their application. If successful for this position, you will be offered a conditional place on the apprenticeship, subject to you meeting the entry requirements listed above. The nature of the job role dictates that you will be working in a workshop environment. If you are successful at interview you will be asked to complete a work trial for one day. Transport will need to be considered. Once training is complete this job role operates on an alternative week shift basis one week early (06.00-14.00) one week late (14.00-22.00). Monday to Friday. A shift premium is paid. Please take this into consideration before applying. The salary for this post is reviewed at 6 monthly intervals. Holiday entitlement is 25 days plus 8 Bank Holidays Contributory Company Pension Scheme is available. Life Assurance after qualifying period. Employee Assistance Programme. Cycle to Work Scheme.

About the employer

Thurne has an international reputation for high quality, precision engineered slicing systems for bacon, cooked meats and cheese applications, and builds on over 50 years of experience in the industry. Since its formation in 1969, the company has been a leader in high speed slicing equipment, developing a succession of ‘industry first’ slicers pioneering vision, scanning and computer technologies that benefit small family firms and large multi-site corporations alike. 50 years later, and now part of Middleby Corporation, the company’s commitment to innovation is stronger than ever, with a renewed focus on bringing great savings and gains in production efficiency to processors around the globe. Working within Thurne would give you the opportunity to progress within the company.




Gresham House Pinetrees Business Park

Salhouse Road



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Training provider



City College Norwich (Apprenticeships)


Apprenticeship standard

Machining technician

Level 3 (A level)

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