Engineering Apprentice - VMC Machining Technician R B MEDICAL ENGINEERING LTD

Join the team at RB Medical where you will learn various skills to include machining, understand assembly requirements, build practical knowledge of machine capabilities and required maintenance all whilst studying towards your recognised qualification.

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Closing date: 29 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wage increases will be available through proven performance levels; annual wage increases will be dependent on company performances.

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 8:00 - 12.30 and 13:15 - 16.45. Friday, 8:00 - 12.30 and 13:00 - 15:00.

    Total hours per week: 38.5

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    20 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will learn general G-coding(CNC) WiMAX (specific to Hurco) Mazatrol (Specific to Mazak) programming, setting up and operating of established parts, build knowledge of machining requirements and correct tool choices including speed / feeds suit materials, understanding weekly / monthly machine care.

  • Show hands-on approach
  • Willingness to listen, absorb information to progress manufacturing techniques
  • Urge to be the best in what you do

The training you will be getting

  • Formal training is delivered at HWGTA, located in Hereford (HR4 9SX)

Level 3 comprises of:

  • Duration approximately 40-45 months.
  • Year 1 includes 26-42 weeks off the job training to cover practical and theory aspects
  • Year 2 would include 1 day per week to complete EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Development Knowledge
  • Years 2,3&4 will be based in company developing skills, potentially working towards Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Machining) (Development Technical Knowledge), in preparation for the end point assessment to gain your Level 3 Machining Technician qualification.
  • You will receive monthly visits from your assigned Learning and Development Specialist, who will set you work, monitor your development and wellbeing, and discuss training sessions. They will also prepare you for your End Point Assessment.
  • Additional training for functional skills in English and Maths will be undertaken if needed.
  • There is also a five-day team building residential trip that is held in the spring of each year offered to all apprentices on programme.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Supervisory roles, further education opportunities leading to engineering management levels.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Initiative, Mechanically minded, Enthusiasm, Practical approach


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 4 or C above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4 or C above) Essential

Things to consider

Transport connections required.

About the employer

Manufacturer and supplier of 3,500 products to the medical profession, we also undertake sub-con machining of components for Motorsport, M.O.D, and high-end audio equipment businesses, and we have just celebrated our centenary year in 2023








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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


Lisa Wilkinson


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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