Manthorpe Engineering Limited are seeking apprentices to develop their career within our precision machining facilities. Industries we work for include Defence, Nuclear, Aerospace and Power Generation. Utilising the latest technology we manufacture high integrity components and assemblies from a range of materials.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    On successful completion of each year the pay structure will be as follows; Year 1 - £7.98/hr, Year 2 - £8.91/hr, Year 3 - £10.48/hr, Level 3 qualification completed - £12/hr The above rates will be subject to potential increases

  • Working week

    Standard working week is 39 hours, 0730-1630 Monday – Thursday / 0730-1230 Friday. ½ hour lunch break on Monday-Thursday.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    31 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

The aim of the apprenticeship program with Manthorpe Engineering is to train people to become skilled machinists within their chosen field who can then build a successful career within the company.

To achieve this the apprentice will be paired with an experienced machinist who will ensure their skills and knowledge are developed alongside their college based training.

This process will involve on the job training and will include setting and operating of the machine to produce components. This will involve;
• Manual Machining on Milling and Turning machines.
• CNC Machining on vertical milling and horizontal turning.
• Deburring techniques.
• Online CNC programming.

Once the key machining principles are understood and demonstrated by the apprentice there will be opportunities for progression through to our larger 5 axis machining areas.

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Machining Technician apprenticeship standard, including Functional Skills if required.

This programme is delivered via a day release delivery model which means that one day per week, your attendance is required at our Engineering campus, NG17. This attendance is required during term time only.

You will work with expert assessors to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours within the profession.

You will experience a blended learning model.

You will gather learning evidence, journals and off-the-job records using your e-portfolio.

At the end of the planned learning period, it will be agreed that you are ready to enter 'Gateway' and for your End Point Assessment to be arranged.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On completion of the apprenticeship it is expected that the qualified apprentice will be competent at setting and operating CNC machinery unsupervised (although guidance and training will still be available). We have a graded pay scale to reward further progression reflecting skills and experience. The business also has a track record of apprentices progressing to roles other than machining (i.e. manufacturing engineering, sales, etc) as opportunities arise.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Interpersonal skills


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4 / A*-C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4 / A*-C) Essential

About the employer

Founded in 1978, Manthorpe Engineering provides a first tier, single source supply to the world’s leading engineering manufacturers. Providing a totally integrated capability for precision machining, testing and assembly of components, our continued investment in the latest machinery and technology offers superb benefits to our customers. We operate in a diverse range of industries, with a strategic focus on the UK Defence market.




Manthorpe House

Forty Horse Close

Codnor Gate Industrial Estate


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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


Laura Brown

01623 900467

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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