Apprentice CNC Machinist



Closes in 11 days (Monday 5 August at 11:59pm)

Posted on 6 February 2024


Apprenticeship to be an CNC machinist. You will be training to operate, setup and program multi axis lathes and up to 5 axis milling machines. Use Fusion 360 software to program complex parts. You will use all quality checking equipment including CMM’s. Producing parts from a variety of material for many industries to professional standards.

Annual wage
£16,000 a year

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

Training course
Machining technician (level 3)
40 hours per week 07:00 - 15:30 Monday - Thursday, 07:00 - 13:00 Friday, 30-minutes paid lunch

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 2 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

Apprenticeship Standard plus Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Machining) (Development Technical Knowledge) and NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering.

Training will be on site in Melksham and day release at Wiltshire college and University centre Chippenham campus.

Where you’ll work




SN12 6SS


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:

    • 2 other subjects (grade Minimum of grade C/4 or above)
    • English (grade Minimum of grade C/4 or above)
    • Maths (grade Minimum of grade C/4 or above)
    • Science (grade Minimum of grade C/4 or above)

    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
    • Problem solving skills
    • Number skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative

    Other requirements

    Must be able to get to and from the place of work in a safe and timely manner.

    About this company

    Richmond Precision Services was established in 1975 and has steadily developed into a sophisticated precision manufacturing company, supplying some of the most demanding sectors of industry. Recently acquired by the Atkinson group the company is now looking to the future in the demanding world of sub contract machining. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship programme. There may be the opportunity as a fully trained and skilled CNC machinist with possible progression on to programmer, supervisor.

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    The Apprenticeship Team

    0845 345 2235

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000228629.

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    Closes in 11 days (Monday 5 August at 11:59pm)

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