This is a fantastic opportunity to join a successful company with a legacy of previous apprentice success stories. You will learn techniques including programming, setting & running of turning & milling machines, using a wide range of manual & CNC (computer numerically controlled) machinery as well as develop a range of practical & life skills.

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Closing date: 04 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Potential to increase each year dependent on performance.

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 08:00 - 17:00, Friday 08:00 - 13:00

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    43 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Machinists in the advanced Manufacturing Engineering sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex and precision work, machining components from specialist materials using conventional and/or CNC machine tools such as centre lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, horizontal and cylindrical grinding machines, electro discharge machines, single and multi- axis CNC machine tools centre
  • They will be expected identify and mitigate any issues by determining best practice, along with machine and tool suitability, to then program, set up, operate and adjust/edit equipment settings as applicable to the machine tool being used to produce precision components for a number of industry sectors (oil and gas, renewable energies, medical, motion control valves, aerospace, defence, to name a few).
  • When using CNC equipment, they will be expected to be able to produce, prove and/or edit programmes. During and on completion of the machining operations they will be expected to measure and check the components being produced and make adjustments to the equipment/programme to ensure components meet the required specification
  • Following Health & Safety in the workplace

The training you will be getting

The apprenticeship training is delivered through a combination of workplace learning and regular college attendance. This will include 2 days at College in the first year, then 1 day a week for the following 2 years. The final year will be spent solely in the workplace.

The training will teach the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the Machining Technician standard. On completion the apprentice will receive EAL L3 Extended diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge).

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

For the right candidate future prospects are excellent. Metaltech are keen to progress and develop their apprentices. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship there may be the opportunity of a permanent position.

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 English (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Desired

Things to consider

Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applicants have been received. Note: Prior to your application being accepted by the employer, there will be an initial interview with the preferred College. This will be arranged by an invitation from the College. This is not an interview for the job.

About the employer

We offer a range of high-precision machining and fabrication facilities rarely matched in the sub-contract industry. Implementing lean manufacturing techniques and shop floor data collection, we are able to remain at the forefront of sub-contract manufacturing. With over 50 CNC machines and 70 staff, we can offer a diversity of supply from sliding head turning to a fully welded fabrication. Specialising in rare materials such as Hastelloy, Inconel, Monel, Titanium and Duplex. We are able to source additional services such as, EDM wire eroding, laser cutting, presswork, gear cutting and plating through our approved suppliers.







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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


Wendy Jenkins


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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