Pattern maker / tool maker apprentice WILLIAM LEE LIMITED

The candidate will be actively involved in developing ways to improve efficiencies and production methods across the site, pro-actively seeking out problems and finding solutions. The candidate will learn how to use lathes, milling machines, sanding and bobbin machines, vertical bandsaws, pedestal drills amongst other hand and power tools.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 19 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    You will work Monday to Friday. Your start and finish times including your shift pattern will be determined by the employing company.

    Total hours per week: 38.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    07 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Producing precision fixture tooling and grippers for the automated grinding areas
  • The repair and/or modification of pattern and core box tooling and making patterns for the foundries
  • Manufacturing bespoke items of plant machinery for the maintenance department
  • Gauges and checking equipment for Quality Assurance
  • Repairing feeders and running systems
  • Working to tight tolerances from engineering drawings or verbal discussions

The training you will be getting

You will study on a Level 3 Engineering Technician on a Machining Technician pathway. On completion of this, you will gain a qualification in Engineering at Advanced Level 3

During the first year of the apprenticeship, your learning will take place at the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre based at Catcliffe, Rotherham, for an initial block of study on a full-time basis. After this, you will attend the Training Centre for one day a week for knowledge study.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Completion of the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre apprenticeships are nationally recognised qualifications which are acknowledged and respected by employers across the world. These can open the door to many more opportunities, such as Engineering Management and Project Engineering positions across a range of sectors worldwide.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade Grade C or 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade Grade C or 4) Essential

About the employer

This is a great opportunity for apprentices to get hands on experience in the foundry industry in a British owned company competing in a global market in business for over 150 years. William Lee makes iron castings for a wide variety of international customers including BMW, Mercedes, Daimler, Borg, Castings and GT. With four foundries on site and over 400 personnel, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to learn about the company as a whole and you will be mentored directly by our skilled team while studying a Level 3 qualification with our training provider, AMRC Training Centre. What we offer: Company pension scheme enrolment and life assurance plan 33 days holiday entitlement On-site parking Westfield Health Care Plan membership On site Occupational Health provision providing Health Screening and advice on well-being Employee Assistance Program Full on-the-job training from our skilled and experienced team A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity




Callywhite Lane



S18 2XU

You must have JavaScript enabled to view a map of the location


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


AMRC Training Centre Recruitment Team

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering 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

Please follow the link to apply on the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre website and complete an application form. Once this has been received, it will be reviewed, and you will receive an email response with the next steps of the application process. Please note the AMRC Training Centre reserves the right to close company vacancies, should they get filled, ahead of the published closing date.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 19 Jul 2024