Machinist Technician Apprenticeship ACTIONPLAS LTD

ActionPlas is offering a route to career engineering through its Level 3 Machining Technician apprenticeship. Over a 4-year period, you will be trained, mentored and supported to use sophisticated CNC machinery to create high-end parts for the manufacturing industry. Fully skilled status and career progression await the apprentices ready to learn.

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Closing date: 31 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This is a base salary. Starting rates can be higher for those with experience and/or attainment in engineering related qualifications.

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday between 07:50 - 16:20 and Friday 08:00hrs - 15:30hrs. 30-minute lunch each day.

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    27 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    11 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

Job Definition:

The Apprentice will undertake training over a period of time to gain skills and competencies required  to become a trained and competent member of the Company, whilst ensuring that the requirements of the Company’s Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental Management System are met.


  • To safely operate CNC Machines whilst adhering to all safety policies and procedures
  • Ensure equipment is running smoothly, efficiently and to optimum requirements
  • Maintain a clean, neat and organised work area
  • Prepare machine and equipment before and after every use
  • Good understanding of mechanical engineering and machining principles
  • Compliance with all quality policies and specifications, and instructions 
  • Compliance with ISO: 2015 requirements and safety procedures
  • Properly load and unload materials into the CNC Machinery 
  • Use of gauges and measuring instruments to meet tolerance requirements
  • Prepare and operate CNC machines to perform various tasks
  • Supervise the machines while they execute the tasks and make any necessary adjustments to ensure quality requirements are met
  • Inspect and measure finished products 
  • Understand the specifications of the task at hand and the desired result 
  • Translate instructions into computer commands so the machines can perform the correct function
  • Prepare a test run to check if the machines produce outputs according to specifications
  • Check and maintain machinery daily to ensure functionality
  • Work to the ActionPlas values

Skills (working towards):

  • Skill in operating CNC machinery and tooling as well as precision measurement tools
  • Ability to read and interpret mechanical documents and drawings
  • Computer savvy with basic understanding of computer programming and CAD/CAM
  • Mechanical aptitude and good math skills
  • A keen eye for detail and results-driven approach
  • Good communication abilities

The training you will be getting

You will work towards the Level 3 Machinist Technician Apprenticeship Standard, which includes Functional Skills at Level 2 if not already achieved grades 4/C or above in maths and English:

Year One through Year 3 - Day release at Appris, Bradford: EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Machining

Year One through Year Four, Workplace Training and Mentoring towards achieving the Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours (KSBs)

Internal training, development and mentoring with highly skilled engineers in a variety of machining (CNC) areas and other engineering related duties and requirements. 

In your 4th Year, you will continue to work towards your occupational competency in engineering and prepare for independent end-point assessments.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Continued full-time employment for successful apprentices
  • Further job-specific skills training and development

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, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade minimum 4/C or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade minimum 4/C or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent science (Grade minimum 4/C or equivalent) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Engineering (Grade Level 2 or 3) Desired

Things to consider

This company is located in Pudsey, so please ensure you can arrange suitable transport for the start and finish times of the job. It also includes off-the-job training at Appris in Bradford, so please make allowances for the travel.

About the employer

WHO WE ARE: ActionPlas Ltd are a leading UK based specialist manufacturer. Excelling in the design & manufacture of machined & fabricated components, along with engineering & supply services for over 30 years. Operating from our head office based in Leeds, West Yorkshire we strive to deliver innovative engineered solutions to support our customer base which spans multiple industries including, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care & oil & gas. ActionPlas are committed to providing consistent, high-quality and cost-effective solutions with competitive lead times. We do this through continuous investment in staff, technology, innovation and machinery.




Richardshaw Road, Grangefield Industrial Estate


LS28 6QW

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Training provider


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



01274 668149

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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