We are looking for an Apprentice to learn general engineering skills in order to become a qualified Toolmaker for plastic mould tools. This person must have a good attention to detail, will be an enthusiastic and committed individual who is passionate about starting a career in Engineering.

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Closing date: 30 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 8.00am - 4.30pm and Friday 8.00am - 1.30pm with 30 minutes flex to start and finish times.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Duties will include:

  • Carry out all work activities in a manner which maintains the well-being of self and others in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Responsible for ensuring that stored water is evacuated from the tools in line with Legionella requirements and the Tool Evacuation log is maintained
  • Identify potential tool breakdown issues and report to relevant department in order to decrease the downtime of tools e.g., hot runners, water fittings, core fittings and electrical connections tool wear and damage
  • Ability to complete basic machining tasks using milling machines, lathes, and general hand tools where required
  • Basic benching ability to bring injection moulding tools back to production standard when required
  • Ability to record and maintain data to achieve manufacturing metrics
  • Ensure high standards of cleanliness and housekeeping at all times
  • Ensure that all lifting tackle in use has the correct colour tie attached, non-compliant equipment to be quarantined and reported
  • Carry out tooling TPM's in line with the schedule laid out and maintain the TPM database
  • Ensure high standards of cleanliness and housekeeping at all times being responsible for correct storage and validating that 5S cleaning and inspection of equipment is completed to the standard

The training you will be getting

Engineering Technician Level 3 ? Toolmaking Pathway Applicants will need grade 5 in GCSE in both maths and English for this standard Training units:

  • Assembling and testing fluid power systems
  • Wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits
  • Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
  • Preparing and using milling machines
  • Producing mechanical engineering drawings using a CAD system
  • Conducting business improvement activities

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There is potential for permanent employment upon the successful completion of your apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Attention to detail, Communication skills, Creative, Customer care skills, Initiative, IT skills, Logical, Number skills, Organisation skills, Presentation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5) Essential

Things to consider

Please consider how you will travel to the work each day. You will be required t attend our Walsall training centre for day release 1-2 days per week.

About the employer

WHS Plastics successfully operates in a highly competitive global marketplace, partnering with major international companies in a variety of market segments including automotive, electronics, extrusion, industrial, off highway, packaging, metal pressings and hygiene products. We have a strong UK footprint supporting some of the UK's biggest brands along with an overseas facility supplying blue chip global companies. The core of our business is the design and manufacturing of injection mouldings ranging from high quality functional parts, to complex assemblies featuring added value elements such as painting and foiling processes, for both interior and exterior automotive components. To complement these skills, we advise customers on material choices, the use of technical polymers and recyclable materials. We also manufacture high quality injection moulding tools, assembly equipment and a wide range of metal pressings. When dealing with customers we always deliver measurable benefits to differentiate our offerings from the competition.




Thorns Road

Brierley Hill


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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

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering 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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