Mechanical Engineering Apprentices at Maycast-Nokes are given time and experience in all production areas, allowing them to gain an understanding of all manufacturing processes. Experienced personnel within the business will provide mentorship and allow Apprentices to develop and grow into key members of the business.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 26 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,312.00 to £23,795.20

    Dependant on age but above National Minimum Wage. Benefits include: A workplace pension scheme. Salary is annually reviewed on employee's birthday.

    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 7.45am - 4.15pm with a 15 minute break at 10.00am - 10.15am and a half hour lunch break at 12.30pm - 1.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    16 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    6 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Work to module requirements of Apprentice framework
  • Follow instructions in Company induction process
  • Follow instructions from Trainer / Supervisor
  • Work to Company Quality, H&S and regulatory procedures
  • Work to departmental administration requirements
  • To operate machines within safety guidelines
  • Cleaning and Deburring components
  • Carry out basic maintenance of machines including cleaning, filling coolant and oil
  • Inspect your own work
  • Boxing and packaging components
  • General machining duties
  • Apprentices are required to take a “hands on” approach to their working and learning, so most of their time is spent on activities in the Manufacturing / Production environment

The training you will be getting

  • The apprentice will be working towards the Level 3 Machining Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Qualifications include: EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (Development Competence), EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) and EAL Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
  • This is a 4 year apprenticeship with college attendance required once per week
  • The first year is at Braintree campus and years 2 to 4 are at Colchester campus

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Given the unique nature of Maycast-Nokes, there is a need for the company to train and retain its personnel, so Apprenticeships are key to the long-term future of the business
  • Previous Apprentices have gone on to form members of the company’s Management team before the age of 30, as they have gained working experience as well as qualifications, have strived to be the best that they can be and have taken advantages of opportunities that have opened-up due to the company’s growth

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSE's, including Maths and English (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential

Things to consider

Some of our manufacturing processes, including but not restricted to CNC Machining and Foundry work are only suitable for persons over 18. All CNC roles within the company require shift work at the completion of apprenticeships (fortnightly rotating shift pattern of earlies and lates). Overtime opportunities available throughout the business. 23 days annual leave per calendar year, plus bank holidays. Premium rate working available in CNC Machine Shop for late and night shifts.

About the employer

Manufacturer of Investment, Precision Sand and Gravity Die castings, as well as several post-cast operations, Non-Destructive Testing and CNC Machining. Currently employing 115 people and operating from a single site in Halstead Essex, the company is looking to grow rapidly (increased turnover by 50%) over the next 5-10 years, which will create new opportunities and mean we need a variety of skills to achieve targeted growth. Apprenticeships are key are key to the future of our business and we have previously won Apprenticeship Awards. Some of our apprentices have also won individual awards based on their achievements and efforts. The company requires versatile, motivated and driven individuals to join and build a career with long-term prospects in Engineering.




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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


Colchester Institute - Apprenticeships Team


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

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 26 Jul 2024