Level 3 – Mechanical Manufacturing Technician Apprentice SKF Cooper Roller Bearings Co. Ltd

This is an exciting opportunity to start & develop a career within the World’s largest bearing manufacturer. Through progressive training and development, you will become a highly skilled and valued engineer within today’s manufacturing environment. “Together, leading the change to be the preferred choice for our customers, employees & suppliers”

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Closing date: 01 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    A minimum of £6.90 per hour in the first year with significant increases over the following 3 years. Further details will be provided at interview stage. Company Pension and Private Medical Schemes

  • Working week

    Shifts to be confirmed and College day(s) and times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

What you will do in your working day

The role of the apprentice is to learn how to safely and competently operate, manage daily maintenance functions and complete relevant admin roles for a variety of machine tools (Manual and CNC) around the factory.

Year 1 will consist of initial training within a dedicated apprentice workshop.

Knowledge and skills to be learnt will include:

Health and Safety in the Workshop

Types and correct use of measuring equipment:

  • Hand fitting
  • Manual Turning
  • CNC Turning
  • Manual Milling
  • CNC Milling
  • Cylindrical and Surface Grinding

Year 2 and onwards will involve multiple placements in the various manufacturing departments within the factory, gaining the knowledge, skills and evidence required to complete the apprenticeship and then to become a valued employee within the company.

As well as the operations of the various machine tools, additional knowledge and experiences gained will also include:

  • Programming & Control Systems
  • Automation
  • Cobots & Robots
  • Safe Systems of Work
  • Quality Standards
  • SKF Lean Manufacturing Principles (Autonomous Maintenance/5 Whys/5S/Defined Work etc)

Day release to college, term time only, for the length of the apprenticeship.

The main contact throughout the apprenticeship will be the Apprenticeships Manager plus dedicated Apprentice Advisors and Commercial Trainers based at the College of West Anglia.

The training you will be getting

Machining Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Dedicated workshop and manufacturing machine shop training with 1 day a week at college during term times

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Complete Level 3 Advanced Engineering qualification leading to a Full time “highly skilled” employee, working within the manufacturing departments of the company

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Team working, Keen interest in engineering, Willingness to learn, Accurately produce plans, Accurately follow instructions, Good timekeeper, Able to work on own, Able to work in a team, Eye for detail, Complete tasks within deadline


GCSE or equivalent 2 other subjects (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English, maths and science/technical subject (Grade A*-C/9-5) Essential

Things to consider

During the length to the apprenticeship, written theory work and evidence gathering will be required in addition to the practical training. From the 2nd year onwards, majority of shifts will be 07:00 to 15:00, with some alternatives of 06:00 to 14:00 or 14:00 to 22:00 as and when required. Nightshift will not be required as an apprentice. Please note your application will be processed in line with the UK General Data Protection Regulations and the SKF (UK) Limited Recruitment Privacy Notice If you have already achieved a level 3 qualification or equivalent in an Engineering or similar discipline, then please provide full details of the qualification gained, so that your application can be considered accordingly.

About the employer

SKF Cooper is the world’s oldest and leading supplier of split roller bearings which is part of SKF Group. SKF is the World’s largest bearing company with circa 45,000 employees. Location will be factory based, in King’s Lynn for the duration of the apprenticeship.


SKF Cooper Roller Bearings Co. Ltd


SKF Cooper Roller Bearings Co. Ltd

Wisbech Road

King's Lynn

PE30 5JX

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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


Mr Gary Hellard



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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