This apprenticeship has been designed to develop the understanding and experience of the apprentice who will then train to become an operator/setter/ programmer of CNC Milling/Turning Machines and to produce a range of components to customer specifications.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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

    Monday - Friday - 8:30am - 4:30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    6 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Understanding Engineering Drawings and basic manufacturing techniques.
  • Work as a Team on a project set by the HR & Technical Trainers.
  • Departmental Placements within Nylacast, which will give apprentices a good understanding of Health, Safety and Environmental issues that arise whilst working within Quality, Inspection and Machine shops.

The training you will be getting

  • City and Guilds Machining technician Level 3 Advanced apprenticeship.
  • This course will be delivered as a day release.
  • Awareness of engineering standards and regulations: British Standards (BS); International Organisation for Standardisation standards (ISO); European Norm (EN); Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The apprentice can advance from an operator role to become a machine setter and finally a CNC machine programmer. Successful completion of the apprenticeship modules may result in the offer of a full-time position as a CNC engineer. This is providing the apprentice works within the company rules and guidelines which will be explained during their induction. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Physical fitness, Time management skills


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

About the employer

Nylacast is a Leicester based engineering and manufacturing company formed in 1967. The versatility of the components produced sees them being used across a diverse range of applications across the oil/gas, construction, pharmaceutical, food processing and automotive.




480 Thurmaston Boulevard



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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

Apprenticeship standard

Machining 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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