Apprenticeship to be an CNC machinist. You will be training to operate, setup and program multi axis lathes and up to 5 axis milling machines. Use Fusion 360 software to program complex parts. You will use all quality checking equipment including CMM’s. Producing parts from a variety of material for many industries to professional standards.

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Closing date: 05 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Total Yearly wage year one £16,000 Total Yearly wage year two £20,000 Total Yearly wage year three £24,000

  • Working week

    40 hours per week 07:00 - 15:30 Monday - Thursday, 07:00 - 13:00 Friday, 30-minutes paid lunch

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To operate all lathe and milling machines
  • To setup all lathe and milling machines
  • Training to program all machines online and offline using CAD CAM software
  • Checking produced work using inspection equipment including CMM

The training you will be getting

Apprenticeship Standard plus Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Machining) (Development Technical Knowledge) and NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering.

Training will be on site in Melksham and day release at Wiltshire college and University centre Chippenham campus.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship programme. There may be the opportunity as a fully trained and skilled CNC machinist with possible progression on to programmer, supervisor.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent 2 other subjects (Grade Minimum of grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Minimum of grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Minimum of grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade Minimum of grade C/4 or above) Essential

Things to consider

Must be able to get to and from the place of work in a safe and timely manner.

About the employer

Richmond Precision Services was established in 1975 and has steadily developed into a sophisticated precision manufacturing company, supplying some of the most demanding sectors of industry. Recently acquired by the Atkinson group the company is now looking to the future in the demanding world of sub contract machining.







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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


The Apprenticeship Team

0845 345 2235

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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