We have a fantastic opportunity for an Apprentice to join the dedicated Team based in Newcastle upon Tyne. This is an excellent opportunity to earn while you learn. Your training will be underpinned with practical experience which will prepare you for a career as an apprentice.

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Closing date: 15 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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 - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    20 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

We are offering a 4 year apprenticeship in which you will benefit from working closely with highly skilled engineers to learn and develop mechanical engineering skills and knowledge. Your bespoke training will equip you with the capability to produce machined components for high specification products. Soft skills will also be developed during this period to help strengthen skills such as communication.

After successful completion of the 48-month apprenticeship, you will have enough skills and experience to make you a strong entrant to start work as a qualified member of technical staff. You will combine on the job skills and knowledge gained in the workplace along with off the job further education to ensure that this is achievable.

Key Accountabilities

Learning manual and cnc operations:

  • Manual operation of lathes (eg: turning, screw cutting, trepanning)
  • Understanding how to use a lathes and milling machines to machine a wide range of different materials (different metals, ceramics and plastics)
  • Learn hand grinding of cutting tools
  • When fundamental engineering skills have been embedded, progress on to CNC operated lathes using conversational programming techniques to program lathe operations as required

Learning Milling Operations:

  • Manual operation of a milling machine
  • Understanding correct cutter selection when working on different materials
  • Use of a boring head
  • Use of a dividing head
  • Learn how to alter machine head position to achieve complex angle milling
  • Given the vast range of materials to be machined, learn the skills and techniques for machining each type of metal, plastic and ceramic use
  • When fundamental engineering skills have been embedded, progress on to CNC operated milling machines using conversational programming techniques to program milling operations as required

Learn fitting and assembly skills:

  • Understand how to fit and assemble a wide range of mechanical and electromechanical components and equipment

The training you will be getting

  • Pearson BTEC L3 diploma in Advanced manufacturing engineering
  • City and Guilds Machining technician (1273)
  • EAL L3 Extended diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
  • End point assessment
  • Delivery method and location of training has yet to be confirmed. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Full time position upon completion of apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative


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

About the employer

Today, Clavis specialises in advanced belt tensioning measuring instruments, advanced handbrake setting equipment and a fully-traceable device that detects automotive clamps closures in 0.3 seconds. The clue to Clavis beginnings are in the name: Integrated Design Systems. Back then, in 1980 and onwards, we designed and manufactured LED display panels primarily for airports and train stations that displayed the arrivals and departures. Our company was founded on a solid grounding of electrical engineering expertise, but who could have guessed where this would lead next? Clavis’ next big thing was — believe it or not — manufacturing bomb disposal robots for the armed forces. The robots had shotguns attached to them to explode the bombs, plus a camera, and we built them from top-to-bottom, apart from the outer shell that we got from a local company. A big customer was the Canadian government that wanted its robots painted in white to camouflage against snow. These robots were advanced for the time — around 1986 — but they would open a vital door of opportunity. Clavis might not manufacture bomb disposal robots anymore, but our handbrake measuring systems continue to evolve. Today, they use a spring-loaded sensor pin which remains in constant contact with the brake lever. Meanwhile, our belt tension measurement systems will prove essential as longstanding customers like Nexteer and ZF start to introduce composite drive pulleys to their electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) units. These systems present complex challenges the belt now vibrates at multiple frequencies, which is where Clavis’ FourierBMS system offers a vital solution. Clavis has come a long way from our beginnings manufacturing LED display panels for airports. But it goes to show that, through expertise combined with a real dedication to solving customers’ needs, it’s possible for a small-medium enterprise (SME) like our to change how manufacturers operate on a global scale. Book a consultation with me today to learn how you can benefit from our expertise.




Unit 14A

New York Way, New York Industrial Park

Newcastle Upon Tyne

NE27 0QF

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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

Apprenticeship standard

Machining technician

Level 3 (A level)

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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