CNC Machinist Apprentice 57-1407 BIFRANGI UK LIMITED

​Bifrangi UK are looking for a CNC grinding apprentice to complete a Level 3 Machining Technician apprenticeship. You will be reporting to the Production Manager, the successful candidate will be self-motivated and have a positive attitude.

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

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Closing date: 19 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    You will work Monday - Friday. Your start and finish times, including your shift pattern, will be determined by the employing company (TBC).

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

The successful candidate will receive training in:

  • Knowledge of Health and Safety requirements including correct use of PPE, workspace cleanliness, COSHH
  • A sound understanding of both manual and CNC turning
  • The candidate will operate CNC lathes and machining centres manufacturing parts to satisfy existing orders and helping to develop prototype parts for potential new business
  • Experience working on Mazak machine centres and CNC lathes (Siemens & Fanuc operating systems)
  • Experience working on CNC Milling & deep hole drilling machine centres (Fanuc Operating systems)
  • Verify conformity of parts using gauges – sending first off parts for CMM measurement along with an understanding of measurement reports
  • Ability to understand operation and method sheets
  • Working with Standard Operating Procedures
  • Understand engineering drawings (geometric tolerancing)
  • Experience working in an engineering environment
  • Programming experience
  • Ability to work under pressure

The training you will be getting

You will study on a Level 3 Machining Technician Standard. On completion of this, you will gain a qualification in Engineering at Advanced Level 3:

  • EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)

During the first year of the apprenticeship, your learning will take place at the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre based at Catcliffe, Rotherham, for an initial block of study on a full-time basis. After this, you will attend the Training Centre for one day a week for knowledge study.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Completion of the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre apprenticeships earns nationally recognised qualifications that are acknowledged and respected by employers across the world.

These can open the door to many more opportunities, such as Engineering Management and Project Engineering positions across a range of sectors worldwide.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade Grade C or 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade Grade C or 4) Essential

About the employer

Ambrose Shardlow was first founded in 1869 as a general engineering and machining company based in Attercliffe, Sheffield. In 1900 the company began to specialise in the production of crankshafts. In 1916 the demands were such that the company purchased more land for a new factory in Grange Mill Lane Meadowhall. Three heavy drop stamp hammers were installed together with heat treatment and all the equipment necessary for forging. By 1920 the firm had expanded and became a Public Limited Company but the depression was looming. Shardlow’s were fortunate in that they had won a contract to provide the whole of Ford UK’s requirements. Shardlow’s was expanding at a time when most were contracting. The following years saw a revival in the fortunes of the motor industry and Shardlow’s prospered. In 1930 the drop forging and machining capabilities were doubled and doubled again in 1933. At this time the whole of the manufacturing was transferred from Washford Road to Meadowhall. In 1939 Shardlows had 21 production hammers and a small one that was used by their own engineers. Until the war, superstition prevented there being a number 13. During the Dunkirk evacuation a German hammer was discovered crated up on the dockside. This was shipped back to England where the then Ministry of Supply ordered it to be installed at Shardlow’s. This became Hammer No 13 and was still in operation until the forge was closed in the 1980’s. By 1940 Shardlows employed 450 people and were producing 200,000 crankshafts annually. Throughout the war Shardlow’s were a key producer of crankshafts for aircraft and military vehicles In the period 1950-1960 Shardlow’s continued to thrive and employed around 2,200 staff. They produced crankshafts for English Electric, Rolls Royce, Dorman, Napier and Paxman engines which were fitted to many military vehicles and ships. In 1963 Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds (GKN) obtained a 49% share in the company and Shardlows became part of the largest engineering organisation in the country. Shardlows remained a part of GKN until 1986 when the forging division of GKN was taken over by British Steel. Now a crankshaft machining company, the forging operations having been transferred to Lincoln, two further ownership changes occurred in 1995 and 1997. In November 2001 the company was brought by Bifrangi, an Italian forging company who amalgamated the Sheffield and Lincoln sites to form Bifrangi UK Ltd.




Grange Mill Lane


S9 1HW

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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


AMRC Training Centre Recruitment 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

Please follow the link to apply on the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre website and complete an application form. Once this has been received, it will be reviewed, and you will receive an email response with the next steps of the application process. Please note the AMRC Training Centre reserves the right to close company vacancies, should they get filled, ahead of the published closing date.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 19 Jul 2024