We are looking for an individual with a keen interest in engineering, manufacturing and working in a production environment to become a key member of our production team based in the turning department. Full on the job training will be provided, together with day-release at Colchester Institute, leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

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

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Company contribution pension after qualifying period. Healthcare cashback scheme after qualifying period.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday: 7.30am - 4.00pm and Friday: 7.30am - 3.00pm with a 10 minute tea break and 30 minute lunch break every day.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Day to day role responsibilities:

  • To complete a programme of training to be conducted within the various departments of Grinding, Turning, Engineering and Planning, Quality Assurance, Assembly and Jig and Tool to gain a good appreciation of the company as a whole
  • Join a very knowledgeable and productive Turning department and learn to operate, set and programme CNC lathes
  • Use and learn a number of different machines and processes, including Hard Turning
  • Become a key member of the Turning department
  • Carrying out tasks and duties as directed by the departmental Manager / Supervisor
  • Dedicate sufficient amount of time to ensure all elements of the college side of the Apprenticeship are completed within set timescales
  • Represent self and company when at college

All apprentices will be rotated through all the departments through the first year: Quality Assurance Jig and Tool Turning, Grinding Assembly, Engineering and Planning, But the final placement is in the Turning department.

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), EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) and EAL Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development 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

Potential career progression within the company. Opportunity to train to become a fully trained CNC operator / setter after the initial 12 months training. We have a number of different machine types: Machining centres, sliding head lathes, hard turning lathes.

All producing precision components.Training will be proved in all areas, but specialising in one is possible after the initial training period.

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, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Keen to engage, Interested in engineering, Independent working skills, Practical science skills, Practical engineering skills


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

Things to consider

25 days holiday per annum, plus bank holidays. Free on-site parking. Career progression opportunities. Potential continued professional learning and development. Recommend a friend scheme. Death in service after qualifying period. Mental health support. Financial wellness support. Long service awards.

About the employer

Braintree Precision Components is a manufacturer of precision ball and roller bearings and other high-accuracy machined components. It is part of the Hepco Group, world leaders in the manufacture and supply of a wide range of linear motion products and precision components for automation and special purpose machine projects.




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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: 31 May 2024