Southern Precision have an exciting opportunity for an Apprentice CNC Machinist working out of their head office in Westbury. You will be joining a team of experienced engineers gaining experience in programming, setting and operating CNC machines and turning centres.

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Closing date: 28 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    There will be 6 monthly performance and pay reviews and the wage should increase in line with your performance

    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, 8.00am - 5.00pm and Friday, 8.00am - 2.00pm

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    11 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The successful apprentice will receive full on the job and college taught training and learn how to undergo the following responsibilities over the length of the apprenticeship.

Duties will include:

  • Programming, setting and operating CNC machining and turning centres
  • Being able to read and understand engineering drawings including geometric tolerances
  • Be able to change & adjust machine offsets to maintain drawing tolerances
  • Able to prove out new programs safely
  • Able to work without constant supervision
  • 4 Axis turning and milling experience an advantage

Daily Job Tasks:

  • Strictly adhere to client job specification and ensure good quality work
  • Measure all parts accurately
  • Keep workbench and work area clean and tidy in line with five principles
  • Troubleshoot machine problems to determine actual faults

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

  • Machining Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Machining) (Development Technical Knowledge)
  • On completion of the apprenticeship you will receive a relevant level of professional registration

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • After your apprenticeship you will be offered a position as a fully skilled CNC programmer/Setter/Operator

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

About the employer

Established in 2000, Southern Precision has gained a well-earned reputation for producing the highest quality precision engineering components and assemblies, from a variety of materials that demand thorough engineering discipline, from initial samples and repeat production. We specialize in CNC batch production to customer’s drawings and specifications and dedicate ourselves to constant customer support and advice from initial design to batch production we respect that reliability and consistency of quality in components in paramount to companies products Southern Precision consists of a team of time served engineers specializing in the field of CNC machining, with decades of experience, there are few applications our team will not achieve solutions to. • Dedicated to Customer Service • Total Professional Approach • Committed to Quality and Delivery Performance • Excellent Knowledge Base







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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Machining technician

Level 3 (A level)

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