CNC Machinist Apprentice Engineer Slack and Parr

We are pleased to confirm our new apprentice intake for 2024 and we're looking for the following CNC Machinist Apprentices. 2 x CNC Grinding 1 x CNC Milling 1 x CNC Lathes Your primary role will be to set, operate and program a variety of high precision machines in your area to company quality standards.

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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 Thursday 7.15am - 4.00pm. Friday 7.15am to 12.15pm

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    27 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

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

You will then progress onto the works to complete your apprenticeship in the relevant department reporting to the area supervisor.

Tasks include:

  • Basic Programming skills.
  • Setting up a machine for small batch work.
  • Running machines to complete work efficiently.
  • Problem solving.
  • Part inspection

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

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 Machining Technician L3, with support from your employer and the Chesterfield College Group. Delivery method and location to be confirmed.

  • EAL L3 Extended diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Machining) (Development Technical Knowledge)
  • City and Guilds Machining technician (1273)

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.

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, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving 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 Maths 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

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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