Machinists are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex precision work, machining components from specialist materials using conventional and/or CNC machine tools. The ability to understand maths techniques, formula and calculation involved in the processes such as speeds and feeds, calculating angles/tapers, and material removal.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 28 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

    Working hours for the first 8 months at Seta - Monday to Thursday 8 AM - 4 PM and Friday 8 AM to 12:30 PM Working hours when you return to Clarke Chapman after your block release are Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 4 PM and Friday 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    4 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Preparing and operating machines to perform tasks such as milling, grinding, drilling, turning
  • Understanding specifications of the task and the desired result by reading mechanical drawings
  • Translating instructions into computer commands so machines can perform the correct function.
  • Ensure that all manufactured goods meet the required standards.
  • Making settings and adjustments to ensure dimensional accuracy and surface finish.
  • Undertake any other duties as directed by management within capabilities.
  • Receives CNC programme and tooling information, edits programmes, sets up tools and assists with loading materials onto machines.
  • Producing a range of products/components from drawings on conventional machines.
  • Flexibility to operate a range of both conventional and CNC Machines as directed by management.
  • Ensure that you complete with policies and procedures already in place such as BSI 9001.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 NVQ in Machining
  • Apprenticeship Completion Certificate
  • Level 2 Functional Skills (if required)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The potential to have a long and rewarding career with the company.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential

About the employer

Founded in 1864, Clarke Chapman specialises in materials handling equipment and provides manufacturing and support services to a wide range of industry. As part of our proud heritage, we have been involved in the UK rail industry designing, manufacturing, and maintaining on track rail equipment. Clarke Chapman Facilities Management are responsible for several long-term maintenance and operation contracts for our client Network Rail. In 2000 Clarke Chapman was acquired by Langley Holdings plc, a diverse, privately owned engineering group based in the UK with principal operating divisions in Germany, Norway, France, Italy and the UK, with a substantial presence in the United States, and more than 90 subsidiaries world-wide. The group employs around 5,600 people.




Saltmeadows Road



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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


Suzanne Jovanovic

0191 416 2860

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

Employer's Application Instructions

Please click the 'Click here to apply' link under the application process header. Any Questions? Please email Suzanne Jovanovic at SETA, Washington:

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Jun 2024