We are looking for a Tool Maker Apprentice to join our small, busy tool room, we are a small team of Tooling engineers and toolmaker. We manufacture / refurbish old tools for our Factories in Hereford, China, and India.

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Closing date: 26 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 7am to 3pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Tool Maker Job Responsibilities include:

  • To assist in the tool splitting
  • To assist in the disassembly and reassembly of tools
  • To assist in the preparation of materials to be used in tooling
  • To assist in the finishing of new tooling
  • To assist in the maintenance of existing tooling
  • To assist in the replacing component parts, dies, punches, springs, dowels, and pins.
  • To assist in the tool regrinding
  • Problem solving and tool improvement
  • Always comply with health and safety regulations
  • Ensure that good quality product is produced to a high standard
  • All parts produced are correct to drawing
  • Operate other machinery hand grinders, Mag drills, hand drills, etc.
  • Required to use measuring equipment
  • Identify tooling requirements
  • Working to tight tolerances and deadlines
  • To assist in completing all necessary paperwork to a required standard and deadlines
  • To assist the Toolroom Manager with CAD drawing of engineering designs
  • To help with Workshop and CNC machine maintance
  • To assist in the Set, operate and program CNC Milling machines

The training you will be getting

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

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Toolmaker, Tool and Die Maintenance
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

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 in preparation for the end point assessment to gain your Toolmaker 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 teambuilding 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

This apprenticeship could lead to a full-time job with our team at TRP

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Creative, Practical, Reliable


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

About the employer

TRP Rubber Sealing Systems are a large, established, and growing rubber manufacturer who specialise in supplying rubber seals, rubber gaskets and rubber mouldings for demanding environments and advanced applications. TRP has over 400 people based in manufacturing locations across the world (TRP Hereford, TRP India, TRP China and TRP Romania) to serve our long-standing global customer base. In addition to experienced people and a quality ethos, TRP has advanced labs and rubber manufacturing facilities to ensure that customer needs can be thoroughly addressed. TRP rubber has a strong engineering and advanced rubber materials focus, and our knowledge of rubber sealing products and rubber mouldings is based on over 30 years’ experience in providing innovative design solutions enhanced by our own TRP developed rubber polymers. TRP rubber is driven by the needs of our customers, and we offer 24/7 customer service and responsive, tailored services. Our custom prototyping service is geared to produce a rubber moulding within a turnaround of a few weeks, rather than the several months typical within the rubber moulding industry.




24 Netherwood Road

Rotherwas Industrial Estate



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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


Lisa Wilkinson


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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