Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprentice RANSOMES JACOBSEN LIMITED

The Metal Fabricator Apprentice will work alongside experienced colleagues, learning both the practical and academical fundamentals of fabrication. They will gain the knowledge and skills to shape steel components with the aid of thermal cutting equipment and a range of machinery used in bending, folding and cutting metal plate and pipe components.

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

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Closing date: 03 May 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

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The company is continuing to develop their apprenticeship programme and are looking to recruit an apprentice within the Fabrication department to work closely and develop skills within the Press Shop.

The role will include the following:

  • Marking out and measuring:  Transfer complex dimensions to sheet steel using hand tools and measuring equipment.
  • Laser Cutting: Operate the CNC laser to produce complex shapes in sheet metal through laser cutting.
  • Sheet Metal Bending: Operate the CNC Press Brake to produce complex shapes in sheet metal by bending and pressing.
  • Tube Bending:  Operate the CNC Tube Bending Machine to produce complex shapes in tube steel.
  • The apprentice will also receive EH&S training covering their role.

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 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard
  • This apprenticeship will also include Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • College attendance will be at the Colchester Institute - Colchester Campus one day per week during term time

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Successful completion of the apprenticeship course could lead to a permanent role working within the Fabrication department.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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 Colchester Institute 1 day per week for the duration of the apprenticeship. A monthly allowance is paid alongside salary for training/travel. There is no working away. Full laundered work wear service and corporate tee shirts and sweatshirts provided free of charge. 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

Metal fabricator

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: 03 May 2024