Webtec is recognised world-wide as a leading brand in hydraulic measurement and control products. This apprenticeship provides an excellent opportunity, while starting a career in manufacturing. We are looking for applicants who have an interest in engineering and commitment to this apprenticeship and to start a fantastic career in manufacturing.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Apprentice salary band starts at £16,640k raising to £26k in the final year of apprenticeship (the employer will offer incremental salary reviews throughout the apprenticeship programme). The company also pays a discretionary profit share.

  • Working week

    In the first 3 years while you are attending college, the hours are Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm. Once you have finished college you will have gained the skills and experience to move on to our two-shift system which rotates weekly.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Your role as CNC Apprentice is to learn how to set and operate the CNC machines in a safe and competent manner and to work as part of a team producing high quality machined components for assembly into finished products. Supported by the employer, the successful applicant will study towards a Level 3 Machining Technician Apprenticeship qualification.

Year one is about providing a firm base, while also gaining an overview of how a company works. In addition to working in the machine shop, you will gain an insight into the wider teams, including Engineering, Assembly and Test, Production control, Inspection, Sales, Business support, Finance and HR.

Some key responsibilities of an apprentice are:

  • To learn how to set and operate the CNC lathes or mills
  • To learn how to use the many types of measuring equipment to check the quality of your work
  • To learn how to run production jobs on the CNC Machines and to carry out all inspection duties required to ensure that parts are manufactured correctly to the drawing and meet tight deadlines
  • To understand our ISO9001 quality system and how that impacts on your role at Webtec
  • To spend time working in other departments to broaden your skills and knowledge of what Webtec does
  • To learn about Lean manufacturing and continuous improvement techniques
  • To learn how to use the ERP system to ensure that all paperwork is completed correctly and on time
  • To ensure that all Health and Safety procedures are adhered to and to work in a safe and competent manner

The training you will be getting

The practical training period is the time dedicated to the development of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours for your Apprenticeship which includes the following components:

  • Level 3 Machining Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours (KSB’s)
  • Functional Skills Maths and English Level 2 (exemptions apply)

The apprentice will be assigned an assessor through the College, who will typically come out to visit in the workplace to assess workplace competence.

During the first year of the apprenticeship, you will spend 3 days per week at college during term-time and the remaining 2 days in the workplace. In years 2 and 3 you will attend college 1 day per week with 4 days spent in the workplace. Towards the end of the practical training period of the apprenticeship, the training will be all in the workplace, preparing for the End Point Assessment. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

This apprenticeship provides a fantastic grounding for a career in practical engineering. Skills learnt can be used in many aspects of engineering including machining, design and quality. Previous Webtec apprentices have gone on to become CNC programmers on both Mills and Lathes as well as taking on roles in quality inspection.

Education is one of our 9 core values, and we often provide support for the right candidate if they wish to further their education, be that BTEC or Degree level, once they have successfully completed their apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Number skills, Initiative, Punctual, Reliable, Self-motivated


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

Things to consider

This is a very hands-on position working on the machines on the shopfloor.

About the employer

At Webtec, we are a team of about 70 employees spread across six countries with the majority based in the UK at our St Ives head office. We are proud to have been awarded ‘Investors in People Silver’. We have expertise across the team covering areas as diverse as Business Development to Graphic Design, Sales to Business Administration, Human Resources to Health and Safety, Manufacturing to Finance, Research and Development to IT and Automation.






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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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