Machinist Apprentice



Closes in 6 days (Saturday 27 July at 11:59pm)

Posted on 2 May 2024


Engineering machining apprentice required to learn how to operate various machinery including lathes, millers, laser cutters and CNC programmed machines.

Annual wage
£16,224 a year

Minimum wage rates (opens in new tab)

The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Machining technician (level 3)
Tuesday to Thursday, 6.30am to 5.30pm and 6.30am to 2.30pm on Fridays.

39 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 9 September


4 Years

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • This is a level 3 Machinist apprenticeship which will delivered over a 4 year period
  • The apprentice will be required to attend the training centre, In-Comm Training Services in Aldridge, WS9 8UG, 2.5 days per week for the first two years as part of the training
  • Level 3 Extended diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
    Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Machining) (Development Technical Knowledge)
  • Please ensure you are able to travel to this address as well as to the company address

Where you’ll work







An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Machining technician (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • Comply with statutory health and safety regulations and procedures.
  • Comply with environmental, ethical and sustainability regulations and procedures: safe disposal of waste, re-cycling or re-use of materials and efficient use of resources.
  • Prepare and set up conventional or CNC machines.
  • Operate and adjust conventional or CNC machines.
  • Apply risk assessment and hazard identification processes and procedures in the work area.
  • Monitor, obtain and check stock and supplies, and complete stock returns.
  • Record information - paper based or electronic. For example, energy usage, job sheets, risk assessments, equipment service records, test results, handover documents and manufacturers' documentation, asset management records, work sheets, checklists, waste environmental records and any legal reporting requirements.
  • Read and interpret information. For example, data and documentation used to produce machined components.
  • Apply engineering, mathematical and scientific principles.
  • Plan and organise own work and resources.
  • Follow and apply inspection, quality assurance procedures and processes.
  • Select machining process.
  • Select and setup tooling and work holding devices.
  • Set and adjust machine operating parameters. For example, setting feeds and speeds for roughing and finishing operations, loading, proving and validating programs when using a CNC machine tool.
  • Apply machining operations and techniques to produce complex components with features. For example, parallel; stepped; angular diameters and faces; grooves; slots; recesses and undercuts; radii and chamfers; internal and external forms and profiles; reamed; bored; drilled and electro eroded holes; internal and external screw threads.
  • Measure and check components.
  • Select and check condition of tools and equipment. Identify issues, resolve and take action as needed.
  • Identify and action issues in the manufacturing process.
  • Apply fault-finding and diagnostic testing procedures to identify faults. Diagnose and resolve issues. Escalate issues.
  • Maintain the work area and return any resources and consumables.
  • Communicate with others verbally. For example, colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Follow machine shut down, safe isolation, handover, start up or warm up procedures. Escalate issues.
  • Apply continuous improvement techniques. Devise suggestions for improvement.
  • Apply ethical principles.
  • Apply team working principles.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English and maths (grade 9-4)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Customer care skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Number skills
    • Team working
    • Initiative
    • Non judgemental
    • Interest in engineering

    Other requirements

    Will be Pension Scheme. Sickness insurance scheme and company bonus scheme. Apprentice must have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.

    About this company

    From humble origins in a small machine shop in Walsall in 1976, Valen Fittings has developed into a significant manufacturing company with over 40 years of experience, providing excellence to the quality-critical oil and gas industry. As our expertise in making fittings and pipe has grown, we have twice expanded our production plant. We now have a dedicated area for the manufacture of welded pipe in bespoke lengths to suit your exact requirements, saving you the expense of purchasing random lengths. The development of the company has focused on manufacturing high-quality products with very short lead-times, whether for standard or non-standard items, or for order quantities large and small. Our ability to produce consistently high-quality fittings has been strengthened over the years as we have gained experience supplying many major projects in a wide variety of grades, sizes and thicknesses. Our highly controlled production facilities ensure that we successfully manufacture excellent-quality products. With an on-site independent radiography unit and an on-site independent UKAS approved testing laboratory, we can tightly manage your order from start to finish. The exacting standards of our pipe and fittings demand a very high skill level from our employees. We have been able to maintain and strengthen our manufacturing abilities by supporting and investing in our workforce. The resulting very low staff turnover ensures that we can consistently meet the most stringent quality requirements. Despite our established excellence, we are not complacent. We have a programme for training and developing apprentices in many areas of the business to ensure that the vital specialist skills are passed to the next generation. Only by continually investing in new equipment, techniques and, crucially, our employees, have we developed the skills and flexibility to ensure that we have become, and will remain, a market leader in the manufacture of high-quality welded pipe and fittings. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    • There will be an opportunity to progress within the company due to continued company succession planning, and develop to take on a senior role
    • Potential HNC level 4

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Sue Fisher


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000248730.

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