Apprentice Engineers- Mechanical Assembly YAMAZAKI MAZAK U.K. LIMITED

An opportunity to join the world leader in machine tools. Attending a Training Centre alongside hands-on involvement in the workplace with experienced members of staff that are willing to pass their knowledge on to the next generation. In Mechanical Assembly you will assemble and test machine tools and their components, various hand skills.

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Closing date: 28 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    25 days Holiday + Statutory and Bank Holidays. Life Assurance to the value of four times your annual salary. Opt-in to the pension scheme . After 12 months service you will also be entitled to join the Company private medical insurance scheme.

  • Working week

    Normal working hours will be from 08:15 to 16:30 Monday to Friday but can be adjusted starting as early as 07:45.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    12 available

What you will do in your working day


Learning how to diagnose, disassemble, repair and test used machine tool spindles for our European Market. An apprentice in this area will learn the full operations of the section which includes sections such as administration and exports, supply chain handling, testing, inspection, and technical support roles.

  • MECHANICAL ASSEMBLY (LEVEL 3): (4 vacancies)

Assemble and test machine tools and their components. Assembling and testing unit assemblies into the completed machine tool using various hand skills and laser checking equipment.

  • MECHANICAL SUB ASSEMBLY (LEVEL 3): (2 vacancies)

Learning how to prepare and test machine tool components (such as spindles, tailstocks, ball screws, tool magazines and turrets).

  • ELECTRICAL ASSEMBLY (LEVEL 3): (4 vacancies)

Wire and test machine tools and their components. Working on individual option looms that will be used in the final production of our machine tools, you will then progress to wiring and testing a range of CNC machines, to include PLCs, ladder diagrams and fault finding prior to machines going to our customers.

The training you will be getting

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Formal training is delivered at HWGTA located in Worcester (WR4 9GN):

Duration approximately 40-45 months.

Year 1 includes 26-42 weeks off the job training to cover practical and theory aspects

Year 2 would include 1 day per week to complete EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Development Knowledge

Years 2,3&4 will be based in company developing skills in preparation for the end point assessment to gain your Engineering Fitter, Level 3 qualification.

You will receive monthly visits from your assigned Learning and Development Specialist, who will set you work, monitor your development and wellbeing, and discuss training sessions. They will also prepare you for your End Point Assessment.

Additional training for functional skills in English and Maths will be undertaken if needed.

There is also a five-day teambuilding residential trip that is held in the spring of each year offered to all apprentices on programme.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Prospects on completing apprenticeship:-

  • Specialisation in a core module.
  • HNC recommendations based upon college feedback and grades, general attitude, application, timekeeping, etc. Foundation Degree or Management Qualifications.
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors.
  • Production Engineers.
  • European Engineering and Automated Solutions Engineers.
  • Quality Inspectors.
  • Service Engineers.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative, Demonstrate practical ability, Hands on approach, self motivated, Hardworking, Good time management, Reliable, Work well under pressure


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4-9) Essential

About the employer

Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd is based at the European manufacturing plant in Worcester, which also houses the European Technology Centre (ETC) and gives customers direct access to support from the UK’s largest and most expert team of engineers, with vast experience in machine tool applications for almost every industry sector. Our European Manufacturing Plant is not just a machine tool assembly plant. We pride ourselves in managing a complete operation. We machine our castings, we make our own spindles, our own turrets, our own tool magazines and our own sheet metal covers. We’re committed to manufacturing in Europe and have continually invested in new machinery and equipment for the factory since its opening in 1987.




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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


Emily Jackson

01905 330732

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering fitter

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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