Come and join an award-winning apprenticeship employer/provider. We are looking for 16 apprentices to join us in September 2024. Apprentices will manufacture using sheet metal technology and learn skills such as fabrication, welding, CAD programming and mechanical assembly. The programs are Engineering Operative L2 & Metal Fabricator L3.

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

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Closing date: 26 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Starting hourly rate - £6.50 per hour, working 39 hours per week. Annual incremental increase, annual bonus for timely completion of qualifications.

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 8am - 4.30pm Friday 8am - 3.30pm

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    16 available

What you will do in your working day

As an apprentice sheet metal engineer, you will be trained in the following processes within our business and onsite training facility:

  • CNC Punch and laser cutting
  • CAD
  • MIG & TIG welding
  • Inserting and bushing
  • Drilling and tapping
  • Finishing of products

All competency training takes place within our dedicated apprentice training workshop, and academic training within our training centre.

The training you will be getting

For the first 6 months, a standard week would be:

  • 3 days a week - dedicated off the job training in our training workshop
  • 1 day a week - academic training in our training centre
  • 1 day a week - rotational training program in our manufacturing facility

Following the initial 6 months, you will move into the factory on a rotational "on the job" training for 4 days per week. 

Upon completion the apprentice will achieve an Intermediate Apprenticeship as an Engineering Operative.

Apprentices without Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths must ensure that apprentices achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon successful completion of the Level 2 Apprenticeship, you will be offered the opportunity to progress to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

We also offer the opportunity to continue onto further education and complete a degree apprenticeship in mechanical engineering, this will be completed with Staffordshire university whilst working full time at KMF. Career opportunities at KMF are throughout our whole business, ranging from business development, programming to department leaders.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade Minimum 3) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Minimum 3) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Technology / D&T / Resistant Materials (Grade Minimum 3) Desired
BTEC or equivalent Engineering (Grade Minimum Pass) Desired

About the employer

KMF Group is one of the largest engineering and fabrication companies in the UK, delivering precision sheet metal fabrication and CNC machining services to large OEMs. Working from multiple manufacturing sites across the UK and Europe and operating in many industries including Aerospace & Defence, Switchgear, Kiosk & Vending, Automotive and Food Processing, KMF is well placed to meet any subcontract engineering and metalworking requirement.




Millennium Way

High Carr Business Park



Rachel Durose


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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 operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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

Applications are to be made through the KMF website, following the instructions on the careers webpage. Complete the online application form, an upload and up to date CV. The application process is over 3 stages: 1) March 2023 - Applicants will be invited to complete aptitude tests coving maths, English and mechanical reasoning 2) April/May 2023 - Interviews will take place 3) June 2023 - Work Experience placements will be offered. Following which placements will be offered.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 26 Apr 2024