This apprenticeship is aimed at people who wish to gain experience and qualifications in engineering through practical and theoretical skills and work based activities. Over the 4 year programme you will gain and develop skills in both CNC and manual machining, fitting and hand tools, fabrication/welding, inspection, production engineering

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Years 1 & 2: Monday to Thursday 8.00am-4.30pm (lunch break 12.30-1.00pm), Friday 8.00am-12.30pm Years 3-5: Monday to Thursday 7.30am-4.30pm (lunch break 12.30-1.00pm), Friday 7.30am-12.30pm

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

Year 1 - based in Metalcraft training school & West Suffolk College (NCTC) gaining skills in machining, fitting and hand tools, fabrication, welding

Year 2 - specific training in core areas to develop skills - manual and CNC machining, fabrication, welding, inspection, product engineering

Year 3 - more focus on skilled techniques developing skills in a workshop environment

Year 4 - working towards becoming a fully skilled operator, and improving competence in a workshop environment

Year 5 - improver year to fine-tune skills learned

The training you will be getting

Qualifcation gained: Level 3 standard qualification (A level)

Training will be carried out by West suffolk College at the North Cambs Training Centre located next to Metalcraft's site.

Training in the first year will be 2.5 days/week, following years will be day release.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Apprentices can progress their career in any area of the business, whether this be shopfloor based (ie: team leader, etc) or office based roles. 

Many Metalcraft apprentices go on to further study ie: HNC and join our Engineering, inspection departments, etc.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English language (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 5) Desired

About the employer

Stainless Metalcraft manufacture equipment for some of the world’s most hazardous environments. Our broad expertise spans pressure vessels, vacuum vessels and cryogenic vessels for safety critical applications across, among others, sectors such as medical, research, big science, power generation, nuclear, oil & gas, petrochemical & water. Metalcraft has received many awards including the Queens Award for Enterprise in 2020 and the Princess Royal training award in 2020 and 2023




Chatteris Engineering Works

15 Honeysome Road


PE16 6SA


Jayne Buttriss

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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

Plate welder

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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