We are looking for our next generation of engineer to work within a multi-skilled department. Become a well-rounded individual and multi-skilled engineer. Work alongside highly skilled graduate engineers, consultants and industry experts. We want you to grow and learn this knowledge, creating your own expertise and support network.

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

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday, .30am - 4.00pm and Friday, 7.30am - 3.00pm. With a 10 minute tea break (paid) and a 30 minute lunch break (unpaid) each day.

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Day to day role responsibilities include:

  • Learn about the various technologies, machines and value streams within the business including grinding, turning and assembly
  • Produce CAD drawings and layouts for new product, tooling and gauging to allow internal or external manufacture
  • To learn to manage their own projects, investigating root causes into problems and coming up with creative solutions
  • Analysing existing product in carrying out Process Capability,
  • Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement activities within the Manufacturing environment
  • Participate in team briefings, workshops and training to ensure smooth integration of new processes, equipment and systems to the production teams
  • Provide and develop process documentation including but not limited to Standard Operating Procedures and Set up instructions
  • Support shop floor team improvement programmes providing technical and logistic support. eg. BIT, 5S SMED projects
  • Ensure safe working practices supporting health and safety within the workplace and assisting with the Risk Assessment process for all manufacturing processes and equipment

The candidate must be willing to bring creative thinking and analysis to challenge the norm and help drive change.  The person must be willing to work and listen to others, to understand the problems and create possible solutions.  They need to be driven to make a difference and become the best version of themselves.

Become part of a rapidly growing department and be responsible for introducing brand new technologies including, robotics, software and high value machinery.  We have coached and mentored national award winners and we would like you to be the next one!

The training you will be getting

  • The Apprentice will be working towards the Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Qualifications include: Level 4 HNC in Engineering or Manufacturing
  • College attendance will be at the Colchester Institute - Colchester Campus one day per week during term time

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • To become an independent multi-skilled engineer and project manager with their own project portfolio

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Engineering work experience, Course/knowledge of 3D design


GCSE or equivalent Maths, English, Science and/or Level 3 Engineering (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential
A Level or equivalent 2 A-Level passes preferably in related subject (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Engineering related L3 Diploma (Grade Pass) Desired

Things to consider

50% of the engineer's time is expected to be working on the shop floor, engaging with personnel and being hands on with projects. Must be willing to get their hands dirty. Occasional travel including overnight stays within UK and EU. Applicant should hold a manual drivers licence or be willing to work towards. Previous working experience in an Engineering/Design environment is desirable.

About the employer

Braintree Precision Components has been a manufacturer of precision products since its founding in 1989. It is a remote manufacturing facility providing bearings and ancillary components for Hepcomotion and its range of linear and track automation products. Providing innovative automation solutions to major global brands such as Amazon, Ocado, Samsung and Tesla. Our products can be seen on programs such as “Inside the Factory” and we have a reputation for providing bespoke solutions for space shuttles, fighter jets and even the London Olympic torch! Based on the Springwood Industrial Estate in Braintree and employing over 85 people, it has grown to cover three sites and is a multi-million pound turnover SME. The company has invested large amounts into new facilities, technologies and has an industry awarded apprenticeship scheme. At Braintree alone, there has been two national apprentice award winners, four runners up and a multitude of highly commended with both MakeUK and the NAA.




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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


Colchester Institute - Apprenticeships Team



Apprenticeship standard

Engineering manufacturing technician

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 May 2024