Quality Assurance Apprentice Engineer Slack and Parr

We are looking for a Quality Assurance Apprentice Engineer to train in the Inspection department to eventually be able to check that components and all appropriate documentation comply with the companies high quality standards using a variety of manual and CNC measuring techniques.

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Closing date: 26 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    5 weeks Holiday entitlement per year All college fees paid for

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday between 7:15am - 4:00pm

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    27 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will then progress onto the shop floor to complete your Level 3 in the Inspection Department reporting to the Chief Inspector.

Tasks include:

  • Completing component first off’s for machine operators
  • Completing full batch inspections
  • Completing relevant paperwork
  • Operating the Gauge Stores & Kardex storage system
  • Gauge calibration

The training you will be getting

An apprenticeship allows you to earn a wage, gain valuable work experience and industry specific competence. You will be expected to work towards the Engineering Technician Level 3, with support from your employer and the Chesterfield College Group.

Your first year completing Level 2 will be spent in our in-house training school learning basic machine and hand fitting skills as well as Inspection techniques.

You will complete your College Course units on a Day release basis.

As part of your apprenticeship, and dependent on your prior attainment, you may be required to complete maths and English Functional Skills which is an integral part of your apprenticeship. Upon successful completion you will be awarded additional certificates of recognition for these qualifications.

After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Product  Design and Development
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Our apprentices progress onto all areas of the company and will have the opportunity to undertake a HNC upon successful completion of their level 3 qualifications with merit and distinction grades.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5 / C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5 / C) Essential

Things to consider

Candidates with Grade 4 English and Math's will be considered for a position if a good Engineering based background is shown.

About the employer

Slack & Parr is a precision engineering company producing high precision components for our global customers. Our manufacturing facility consists of a large machine shop with CNC Lathes, Milling Machines and Grinding machines as well as our own in-house and established Apprentice Training School which has ran an apprenticeship Program since 1968.


Slack and Parr


Long Lane



DE74 2FL

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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


James Sayles



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

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