Are you passionate about a career in engineering? Are you willing to learn and determined to succeed? If the answer is "yes"; undertaking an apprenticeship with Hemlock Engineering could be the first step in a great career for you. We are offering a fantastic opportunity for a hardworking and career-minded candidate to join our successful team.

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Closing date: 30 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £6.40 per hour. This applies to 16-18year old apprentices and those aged over 18 in the first year of their Apprenticeship.

    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

    Mon – Thur 7:30 – 16:30, lunch 12:30 – 13:30. Fri 7:30 – 12:30 39 hours per week. 24 days + 8 bank holidays

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    10 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

 This role allows you to develop the technical skills necessary to produce machined parts by programming, setting up, and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine, maintaining quality and safety standards.

During this apprenticeship you will learn:

  • Program CNC machines using CAD and CAM software
  • Interpreting technical drawings
  • Select and set up appropriate tools, adjust cutting speeds, and maintain tolerance levels
  • Monitor processes and adjust for precision and quality
  • Inspect finished parts with precision measuring instruments to ensure adherence to standards
  • Perform routine maintenance on CNC machines, including tool changes and basic repairs
  • Operate various 3, 4 and 5-axis milling machines


  • Genuine interest in engineering and a strong willingness to learn
  • Strong work ethic, motivation, and a positive attitude
  • High motivation for the engineering/manufacturing environment
  • Ability to follow instructions and diagrams accurately
  • Good eye for detail and strong problem-solving abilities
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • GCSE maths and English Grade C or 4 or above


The training you will be getting

Machining Technician Level 3

Training will be delivered one day per week, term time, and is based at The Highfield site and facilities are in creation to enrich the student experience, developing them with the necessary skills using industry-recognised equipment to ensure the apprentice receives training closely matched to the employer’s and industry.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Potential opportunity for a permanent role within the company following successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Presentation skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 9-4) Essential

Things to consider

Candidate must be able to travel to the workplace and college according to working hours.

About the employer

Hemlock Engineering specialise in the high-speed CNC machining of quality precision milled parts in aluminium, non-ferrous metal or plastic, though we have the capability to machine any type of material. We and our sister company HPC Services Ltd are committed to providing a complete milling and turning service using the latest technology with management of the entire component supply chain, including anodising, plating and stockholding if required. With a total of 45 CNC machines we are one of the largest sub-contractors in the East Midlands.








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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

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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