Would you like to earn a salary whilst learning on the job and gaining a qualification? We are looking for a Operations Apprentice to work at our site. You will manufacture and assemble of components and of a mechanical and electro-optical nature.

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Closing date: 27 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £12,480.00 to £22,308.00

    National Minimum wage for their age. 25 days holiday entitlement 1st April – 31st March Death in Service (Life Insurance) – 1 x salary Private Health Insurance Pension 5%/5% £25 Birthday voucher

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    72-hour 9-day fortnight for under 18s 8-16.30pm 74-hour 9-day fortnight for over 18s Mon-Thurs 8.00am-16:45pm Working Fri 8.00am-16:30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    12 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    6 available

What you will do in your working day

Your duties will include:

  • To undertake and complete all elements of the apprenticeship.
  • To attend all off the job training as organised.
  • To attend all on the job training as required.
  • To train to read & interpret engineering drawings to produce high precision electro-mechanical components.
  • To train to produce components through high precision manual turning.
  • To assist and train in the manufacture of jigs, fixtures, gauges and specialised tooling.
  • To train and assist to set / operate 3 + 4 Axis CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Milling machines and/or, set / operate 2 + 3 Axis CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Turning machines.
  • To train and to assist to set up work holding and tool holding whilst adhering to standard operating procedures.
  • To train in the assembly of precision and complex assemblies.
  • To train in the manufacture of cable harnesses and loom assemblies.
  • To train in the operator maintenance of machines and equipment.
  • To ensure any problems encountered are highlighted to local supervision in a timely manner.
  • To ensure any opportunity for improvement in the processes are highlighted to local supervision
  • To operate in a manner conducive with one’s own safety and the safety of others.

The training you will be getting

This Apprenticeship Standard is delivered within the workplace, where the Apprentice will complete a Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative competency and knowledge qualification. IPS will support and train the learner through the component aims with monthly monitoring and assessment visits to the workplace. This will prepare the learner for End Point Assessment that is required for this Apprenticeship. 

To complete this Apprenticeship, the learner must pass Level 1 English and maths (or have the appropriate transferable skills). 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, there is the possibilty of a full time position with the company.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Able to use hand tools


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 3 and above) Essential

Things to consider

Enrolment onto your apprenticeship programme is subject to prior attainment checks, and your Personal Learning Record will be reviewed upon successful appointment. We are also obligated to follow the guidelines around eligibility, set out by the government apprenticeship funding rules. NB: Please include minimum qualifications (GCSE Maths and English grades) in your apprenticeship application. Tailor your application to the vacancy, dedicating 1-2 paragraphs for each question to demonstrate interest in the role and the company. **If you are unsuccessful, you will be automatically added to our Talent-pool list where future vacancies will be sent to you. If you would like to opt out of this mailing list, please select unsubscribe in the email**

About the employer

Instro Precision is one of the leading suppliers and system integrators of support equipment for military and commercial electro-optical sensors in the world. Instro can trace our historical roots back to 1964 when it started operations for the UK MoD as a precision engineering contract manufacturer. Today, that heritage of precision engineering and rugged design is at the core of our products which are fielded in more than 50 countries. Instro manufacture and supply an extensive range of cutting-edge precision technology directly to end users, OEMs as part of a larger system and offer a comprehensive capability as a prime supplier.




Sentinel House, Artillery Way

Discovery Park


CT13 9FL

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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


Mandy Rai



Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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