Engineer Operative Apprentice (Welders) ABACUS LIGHTING LIMITED

Abacus Lighting Limited is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of lighting solutions in the UK and across the world looking to take on 2 Metal Fabrication apprentices. This Apprenticeship offers the chance to be a part of a long- established business to train for a skilled role and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

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Closing date: 01 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    7AM – 4PM Monday to Thursday (30 minutes lunch break) 7AM – 1PM Friday (no lunch break)

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    08 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    03 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Interpret component drawings supplied as hard copy or computer generated images. 
  • Use optimum process and correct tools for each stage of manufacture. 
  • Produce components in line with customer requirements. 
  • Checking the component dimensions using a range of measuring equipment to include digital micrometres, height gauges, Vernier’s, and in-process gauging. 
  • Conduct basic routine machine maintenance checks.

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Metal fabricator apprenticeship standard, including Functional Skills if required. Qualifications include;

  • Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)


  • Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

This programme is delivered via a day release delivery model which means that one day per week, your attendance is required at our Engineering campus, NG17. This attendance is required during term time only.

  • You will work with expert assessors to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours within the profession.
  • You will experience a blended learning model.
  • You will gather learning evidence, journals and off-the-job records using your e-portfolio.
  • At the end of the planned learning period, it will be agreed that you are ready to enter 'Gateway' and for your End Point Assessment to be arranged.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There is potential for the right candidates to move into a Management or a Technical Role, fully supported by a Continuous Professional Development programme within Abacus.
The candidate will be expected to sit an aptitude test prior to the interview process.
Abacus will contact you via email or telephone, please ensure that you check your emails frequently.
Successful applicants will be given guidance as to how the interview process will be conducted.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative


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

About the employer

Leaders in lighting, Abacus’ business supports global customers in meeting the growing demand for technically-brilliant, yet energy efficient and sustainable lighting solutions. Our roots are in the U.K and our company, established for over 60 years has a celebrated heritage in British engineering.




Oddicroft Lane

Sutton In Ashfield


NG17 5FT

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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

Metal fabricator

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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