Level 3 Craft Machinist Apprentice RANSOMES JACOBSEN LIMITED

Apprentices will gain a comprehensive insight and ability within the Machine Shop. They will be taught the fundamentals of machining, using tools to carry out various tasks, safely operating on complex products within the department. Learning from experienced employees, our apprentices will gain a wealth of knowledge and job-specific skills.

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

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Closing date: 19 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday from 6:30am - 2:48pm, with a 10 minute break at 10am and a 30 minute set lunch at 12pm

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

The company are continuing to develop their apprenticeship programme and are looking to recruit Craft Machinist Apprentices for our Manufacturing facilities at Ipswich.

The role will include the following:

  • Turning: Produce cylindrical components on a manual centre lathe to fine tolerances.
  • Milling:  Produce geometric shapes on a manual vertical and or horizontal milling machine
  • Grinding: Produce components on grinders to fine tolerances.
  • Computer Numerical Control: Operate CNC machines to produce complex shapes and components using automatic machines.
  • Assembly & Heat Treatment
  • EH & S Training

Apprenticeship Open Evening 2024

Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd are hosting an Apprenticeship Open Evening on Thursday 21st March 2024, 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Please come along to find out more about our wide range of apprenticeship opportunities, and for a tour of our factory.

To book your place, please contact Jo Barber: jbarber@textron.com / 01473 276271. Parents welcome too!

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),
    • City and Guilds Machining technician (1273)
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Machining) (Development Technical 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

Successful completion of the apprenticeship course could lead to a permanent role working within the Machine Shop.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness, Good literacy and numeracy, Keen to learn, Keen to engage, Ambitious, Conscientious, Critical thinking skills, Enthusiastic, Self Motivated, Punctual Time-keeping


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

Things to consider

You will be required to attend Braintree Campus 1 day/week during Year 1 (Transport is provided between Colchester Institute & Braintree) and Colchester Institute or Braintree Campus 1 day per week for the remainder of the course. A monthly allowance is paid alongside salary for training/travel. There is no working away, and the shift is as detailed. Full laundered workwear service & corporate tee shirts & sweatshirts provided FOC. All PPE provided including safety footwear.

About the employer

Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd is a subsidiary of Textron Inc., one of the world’s best known multi-industry companies who are recognised for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, E-Z-GO, and many more. At our Turf Centre of Excellence in Ipswich, Suffolk, Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd design and manufacture Jacobsen and Ransomes turf maintenance equipment that is trusted on some of the finest formal turf areas around the world. From parks and sports grounds, to highways and fine lawns, our extensive range of equipment is built for every environment. Proudly nurturing steel through to finished products in the first factory for motorised mowers in the world, Ransomes supports hundreds of skilled professionals who bring our mowers to life through expertise gained over three centuries. We combine this ongoing legacy with innovation to cut a new path in research and development of clean green alternative energy technology.




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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.

Apply now

Closing date: 19 Apr 2024