Toolmaker Apprentice (Engineering)

Essentra Plc

Kidlington, OX5 1HX

Closes in 31 days (Monday 19 August)

Posted on 19 June 2024


The role of the Toolmaker Apprentice is to assist with the maintenance and repair of injection mould and dip moulding tooling, support in associated engineering activities with the opportunity for advancing into a qualified Toolmaker through internal and external training and development.

Annual wage
£17,000 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
Engineering fitter (level 3)
Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm

37 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 2 September


3 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

Qualifications included:

  • Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Standard. Company Training Plan & Assessment
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Development Knowledge (1 day per week for 2 years at college)
  • Development Competence Qualification (workplace)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills - Maths (If required)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills - English (If required)
  • End Point Assessment at the end of the apprenticeship

Where you’ll work

Langford Locks




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

Engineering fitter (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • Reading, interpreting and understanding the component or assembly specification, diagrams, drawings and work instructions.
  • Planning component or assembly task – materials, tools and equipment.
  • Preparing work area for component or assembly task; sourcing required resources, tools and equipment.
  • Carry out relevant planning and preparation activities before commencing work activity and know how to source required resources and interpret detailed drawings, specifications and job instructions.
  • Checking tools during and after task completion; identifying and reporting defects.
  • Measuring and testing, checking or inspecting component or assembly for example; use of micrometers, verniers, multimeters, voltmeter.
  • Problem solving; analysing the issue and fixing the issue where appropriate.
  • Applying improvement techniques; recommending or implementing solutions where appropriate.
  • Communicating with colleagues or customers (internal or external).
  • Completing component or assembly documentation for example job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation.
  • Reporting work outcomes or issues.
  • Restoring the work area on completion of the activity; returning any resources and consumables to the appropriate location and house-keeping.
  • Disposing of waste in accordance with waste streams; re-cycling, re-using where appropriate.
  • Operating within limits of responsibility.
  • Operating in line with quality, health and safety and environmental policy and procedures; identifying risks and hazards and identifying control measures where applicable.
  • 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:

    • A Min of 5 GCSE's inc Science, English & Maths (grade 5-9 / C-A*)

    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
    • IT skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Customer care skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Number skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • Non judgemental
    • Patience
    • Time Management
    • Interest in Engineering
    • Inquisitive Mind

    Other requirements

    College will be in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Be able to commute to college 1 day a week and also to work place.

    About this company

    Essentra Plc is a FTSE 250 company and a leading global provider of essential components and solutions, focusing on the manufacture and distribution of plastic injection moulded, vinyl dip moulded and metal items. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    • Opportunity to advance into a qualified Toolmaker role through internal and external training and development
    • This will be conducted under the direction of the Essentra engineers and toolmakers along with external training providers in order to support the development of the apprentice while providing a timely and efficient operation of all plant tooling

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Sally Parr

    07879 128768

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000259253.

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    Closes in 31 days (Monday 19 August)

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