A busy machine shop based in Soham, Cambridgeshire require an enthusiastic apprentice interested in engineering and passionate in following an Engineering education pathway.

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Closing date: 31 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salaries are reviewed as the apprentice progresses on-programme. Overtime available Private Health care and Pensions Working clothes also provided Holidays: 20 days + all Bank holidays per year.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 5.00pm (breaks provided)

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    14 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

A busy machine shop based in Soham, Cambridgeshire require an enthusiastic apprentice interested in engineering and passionate in following an Engineering education pathway.

Will be provided by the Machine Shop Manager and other qualified CNC Machine Operator/Setter/Programmer.

This is an Advanced Apprenticeship, working in a machine shop, where the Company will train you to be a competent Machinist Operator and also gain wider engineering craft skills over a 3 to 4-year period. It will involve attending college weekly during term time and with regular assessments conducted by the College.

Reporting to: Machine Shop Manager

Duties will include:

  • With close mentoring support, the apprentice will be required to operate standard lathes, milling machines, Saws and all general machine shop tools (Full training will be given), There will be an opportunity to weld, work with different materials, use AutoCAD and progress to Solid Works. 
  • Must be capable of working in a team environment and meeting strict delivery dates.  They will be expected to be punctual and have high standards in all they do.
  • To understand our ISO9001 quality system and how that impacts on your role at DPV UK Ltd
  • To learn how to run production jobs and to carry out all inspection duties required to ensure that parts are manufactured correctly to the drawing and meet tight deadlines.
  • To make sure that any machine issues are reported to Machine Shop Manager
  • To be responsible for keeping the areas you are working in and around, clean and tidy
  • To ensure that all Health and Safety procedures are adhered to and to work in a safe and competent manner
  • To learn about Lean manufacturing and continuous improvement techniques
  • To carry out any other duties that may be assigned by the Machine Shop Manager

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Machining Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in English & maths (Exemptions apply)

During the first year of the Apprenticeship, you will spend 3-days in-college during term-time and 2 day spent in the Workplace. Into years 2 to 3 years, you will attend college 1 day per week and 4 days spent in the Workplace.

Towards the end of the practical training period of apprenticeship the training will be all in the Workplace, preparing for the End Point Assessment. 

The apprentice would be assigned aassessor through the college, who would typically come out to visit in the workplace to assess workplace competence. The knowledge side would be provided via day release workshop attendance, assignments, evidence of workplace competence. Portfolio would be checked via an online Smart Assessor.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Opportunities to progress to a senior CNC machinist and other roles within the business, plus to continue learning onto higher course levels

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

Must have a genuine interested in all aspects of learning engineering craft skills and therefore willing to commit to this apprenticeship training that would start in Autumn 2024.

About the employer

DPV-UK Ltd have been manufacturing valves since 1983.Our consistent product quality and availability of substantial stocks makes us the dependable choice for cast and forged valves in carbon, stainless and alloy materials, where total reliability is of the utmost concern. We manufacture valves to either industry standard specifications, or to meet client specific requirements, both quickly and economically. We maintain an extensive quality system, complying with the requirements of major oil companies, industry standards and to ISO 9001:2015 standard. All our floating and trunnion mounted ball valves are covered by fire testing certification to both British and American standards, all testing being witnessed and approved by an independent inspection agency.








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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



01223 418778

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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