Pattern Fasterners- Level 3- CNC Setter/ Programmer Apprenticeship PATTERN FASTENERS LTD

We’re currently recruiting for a CNC Setter / programmer apprentice to join our team at Pattern Fasteners Ltd, a leading manufacturer of fasteners and metal components.

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

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Closing date: 03 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Year 1: Mon-Thurs, 8.00am - 4.30pm. Friday, 8.00am - 12.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 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

As a growing business we are looking to recruit and train our next generation of CNC engineers. You will be highly trained to work in the world of manufacturing. The initial training will be broad based and could lead to a first appointment as a CNC Setter / programmer. This is a chance to train for a highly skilled engineering role within the business.

You will learn how to work with sliding and fixed head lathes, ensuring that components are produced efficiently and to a high-quality standard. You will undertake a structured training program of academic study and workshop training during your time at Pattern Fasteners Ltd to ensure you gain the correct skills and knowledge to support one of the leading fastener companies across the West Midlands.

Main Duties will include but not limited to:

  • Take responsibility for themselves and others to ensure work is carried out safely
  • Make full use of the training available at Pattern Fasteners Ltd
  • Gain relevant skills and job knowledge throughout the apprenticeship
  • Understand and interpret both in house and customers technical drawings
  • Manufacturing to drawings and tight tolerances
  • Setting CNC machines
  • Programming CNC machines
  • Promote good health and safety within the workplace
  • Maintain a good standard of housekeeping
  • Regularly attend production meeting with the management team

The training you will be getting

Together with invaluable commercial and practical experience, you’ll gain several academic and vocational qualifications throughout your time with us, which are fully paid for, including: 

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)  – off the job full time at Make UK in Aston, Birmingham in year 1
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) 
  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • In house training in line with your requirements

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Apprenticeships will typically lead to a skilled role as a CNC setter / programmer gaining full time employment with future growth and development
  • We could also have potential opportunities in production engineering and technical sales for the right candidate
  • Role as supervisor / manager possibly in the future if that role arises for the correct candidate

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Commitment to the programme, Practically Minded, Problem solving skills


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

This is a fast paced factory environment where you will be learning to programme and operate machinery. The manufacturing of metal parts can be noisy. You will be part of a highly skilled team but will be expected to be able to operate machines independently. Please note that the temperature within the factory can fluctuate a lot between the cold and warmer months. Uniforms are provided to help manage this. Starting wage is age dependant: Age 16-18 - £6.40 Age 18-20 - £8.60 Age 21 and over - £11.44

About the employer

Pattern Fasteners are one of the leading fastener companies in the West Midlands, a specialist in the field of non-standard fasteners and precision components. Since our establishment in 1981, we have acquired valuable experience in the engineering industry and our passionate team of staff have developed strong knowledge and expertise in this area.




Unit 31 Hainge Road


B69 2NY

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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

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 click on the link below to apply

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

Apply now

Closing date: 03 Jun 2024