Apprentice Laser Programmer/CAD Operative UNIVERSAL FABRICATIONS (N.W.) LTD

This is an Apprentice role. You will be trained to operate our new Laser Cutter and Press Brake. This is a great opportunity for a committed, passionate and ambitious person as you will be supported to progress to an advanced Apprenticeship and potentially higher Apprenticeship as a long-term career pathway.

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Closing date: 28 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Friday, 8:00am to 3:30pm

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Dec 2023

  • Date posted

    02 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Main Duties to Include:

  • To program the software of the laser and press brake in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • Issue route and planning cards - set up plans, production paperwork and drawings for the operator.
  • Liaise with the laser operator and production team regarding priorities.

The training you will be getting

Level 2 Engineering Operative Apprenticeship Standard, including Functional Skills if required.

Apprenticeship learning will take place in the workplace and day release to Rochdale Training, details to be confirmed with the Employer.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Once qualified, progression is offered to the correct candidate, this could include progressing to a higher level and ultimately being employed as a full-time member of staff.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience


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

Things to consider

This is a dual role and will require the successful candidate to work both in the workshop and in the office and you must be prepared to get your hands dirty, the role with involve heavy lifting and manual tasks, this is not a desk job!

About the employer

Founded in 1985, the company offers a wealth of skill and experience, as well as providing an exceptional standard of quality and efficiency that complies with the internationally recognised AS 9100 & BS EN ISO 9001, BS EN 1090, and BAE Approval TS157. We have built up and maintained an excellent reputation within the fabrication, sheet metal, and welding sectors, and have solid relationships with some of the country’s leading organizations in these fields. Universal Fabrications takes great pride in its welding capabilities, and our welders are all coded to BS EN ISO15614 & BS EN ISO9606 Our constantly expanding plant list, together with our company policy of ongoing investment in new technology and training, ensures that we can meet the ever-changing demands of our customers, the marketplace, and technology. Our highly motivated and enthusiastic management team has a culture of customer focus, adherence to schedule, and continuous improvement in all areas. We are committed to providing the very best service.








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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Nathan Finn

01706 631417

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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