Apprentice Toolmaker Engineer Swish Building Products

Swish (part of the Epwin Group) are offering an exciting opportunity for the next generation of engineers. You will be training to produce components and assemble tools alongside the team. Epwin is the leading UK-based manufacturer in its sector, and you will be highly trained to work in the world of engineering.

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Closing date: 19 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    24 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Typical day to day duties will include:

  • Produce components using hand fitting techniques
  • Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
  • Co-ordinate with suppliers to supply spare parts for machines
  • Preparing and using milling machines and using grinding machines
  • Carry out the maintenance of tooling & building repairs
  • Identifying and liaise with suppliers of maintenance services when required
  • Producing tool and die assemblies
  • Maintain and record work and machine breakdown history
  • Preparing and proving CNC machine tool programs
  • Reading engineering drawings
  • Publish engineering reports that describe a machine’s layout and components

The training you will be getting

  • The successful applicant will undertake a Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship.
  • They will start a 2-week induction covering the principles of the apprenticeship, Induction to programme and additional courses such as:
  • IOSH Working Safely
  • Manual Handling
  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Slinging
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Prevent Agenda
  • Introduction to Lean

The apprenticeship will be a 4-year training programme where the candidate will be required to attend In-Comm Training Service in Aldridge 3 days a week for the first 2 years of their apprenticeship which will includes practical and theory, and then one day a week for the following 2 years.

Learners start with off the job training covering 2.5 days a week at In-Comm Aldridge and then spending 2.5 days a week on the job at Swish. The successful apprentice will work towards a Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) and begin their Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) this knowledge element spans the whole of the programme. The applicant will need to be fully committed to both the education, skills and training of the apprenticeship before completing their end point assessment at the end of the Apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Full-time opportunity to progress and move within departments
  • Continuation and progression to move on to HNC Level 4 
  • Further training and development within the business

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Clean and tidy approach, Punctual and adaptable, Work on own initiative, Polite manner, Positive approach, Work driven, Ability to lead a team, Mechanically minded, Good dexterity skills


GCSE or equivalent English, Maths and Science (Grade 9-5) Essential

Things to consider

Must be able to travel to the training centre, In-Comm Training Services in Aldridge, WS9 8UG, as well as the company site in Tamworth.

About the employer

The Group has grown both organically and by acquisition to become the leading manufacturer of energy efficient and low maintenance building products for the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement, social housing and new build markets in the UK. The Group serves the trade, retail, new build and social housing sectors through a nationwide network of merchants, plastics stockists, window, door and conservatory manufacturers and installers. Our products are designed and manufactured in-house to suit the needs of our end-user markets and are sold under established and trusted brands. We have a wide product range to cater for all requirements and are constantly investing and innovating in new processes, products and services.


Swish Building Products


Pioneer House

Lichfield Road


B79 7TF

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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


Sue Fisher or Alex Jones

01922 457686

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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