Engineering Apprentice (Machining) WILLIAM HUGHES LTD

Do you have enthusiasm, drive and a commitment to a future in Engineering? Apply today if you do! A mechanical interest for engineering must be reflected in your application, be it through repairs to cars/bikes etc., or a general interest in Engineering. After completing the Apprenticeship, you will achieve a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    08.00 - 16.30 Monday - Thursday, 08.00 - 15.30 Friday

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    43 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

William Hughes specialises in the design and manufacture of custom-made springs, wire forms and assemblies. We are seeking to employ an enthusiastic & hardworking individual as an Engineering Apprentice.

We are looking for someone who enjoys both practical and academic work with an aptitude for, and an interest in, Engineering.

Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to spend time visiting each department to gain insight into all Engineering techniques used.

Main duties and areas of training will include:

  • CNC Milling machines
  • Surface grinders and various other equipment used in the Tool-room department
  • Wire forming and Spring manufacturing equipment Inspection and quality checking

The training you will be getting

The apprenticeship training is delivered through a combination of workplace learning and regular college attendance. This will include 2 days at College in the first year, then 1 day a week for the following 2 years. The final year will be spent solely in the workplace.

The training will teach the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the Machining Technician standard. On completion the apprentice will receive 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).

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Successful completion of the Apprenticeship will then lead to further progression and advancement within the company. Many of our Apprentices go on to senior roles in the Company, both in the UK and in our European companies in Poland and Bulgaria. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Multi-Tasking, Enthusiastic, Hardworking, Committed, Reliable and Punctual, Work to instructions, Be able to retain information


GCSE or equivalent Any (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Any (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential

Things to consider

Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applicants have been received. NOTE: If your application is successful, you must attend an initial interview with Yeovil College before your details are put forward to this employer. This will be arranged by an invitation from the College. This is not an interview for the job, just to assess your suitability for the Apprenticeship

About the employer

William Hughes specialises in the design and manufacture of custom-made springs, wire forms and assemblies. For over two centuries, the company has been at the forefront of the UK wire industry. From humble beginnings in Drury Lane, London, the company is now a global supplier of components to the automotive, aerospace, medical and more industries with major manufacturing facilities both in the UK and Bulgaria. To survive in today's economy, having the ability to give customers what they need as quickly and cost effectively as possible, while maintaining the utmost level of quality, is key. William Hughes achieves this goal by substantial annual investment in the most advanced equipment, much of it CNC based, keeping pace with constant technological evolution, and by nurturing a long-term, skilled workforce capable of working to the most stringent quality standards.







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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


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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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