Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeships

Machinist Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Machinist  Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Posted: 10th Jan, 2019

Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing

The apprenticeship involves the use of complex materials, machine tools (manual and CNC) and machining components. The level 3 qualification along with this apprenticeship is recognised by professional engineering institutions (Engtech).

Apprentices will be expected to be able set up, operate and adjust/edit equipment, read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to produce machined components, select and set up the correct tooling and work holding devices and select and use a range of measuring and testing equipment to check components are to the required quality and accuracy. The apprentice will develop mathematical techniques and understand the theoretical and practical uses to be able to maintain specialised standards of the components.

What's Involved

The apprentice will complete a portfolio of evidence through a blended learning model which will enable preparation for end-point assessment which includes:

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours modules:

Learners will have set criteria to meet in each area whilst on programme. This will be guided by the trainer and supported by the employer.

Functional Skills in maths and English:

These provide practical skills to help gain the most out of work, education and everyday life. Learners will complete written and online tests.

End-point assessment:

The end-point assessment is the final stage of the apprenticeship and is to be completed once the Level 3 Diploma has been achieved. It comprises written and practical tests as well as a professional dialogue and interview.


Following enrollment, learners engage in a blended programme of training and support that will include attendance at group training sessions on a day release (or block release) basis, work-based learning, email and face-to-face support from their trainer/assessor as well as a programme of training devised by the employer.

The length of the programme will differ depending on experience, knowledge and skills development along with the industry skills selected however the course is targeted for completion within 36 – 42 months.

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Avenues of progression include:

  • Further learning in machining/advanced manufacturing
  • Employment opportunities and career progression


Funding levels are variable. To discuss what your funding options are and what apprenticeship contribution you may have to give, please contact us on 01743 454810.

Apprenticeship wages are paid by the employer. They should reflect that the apprentice is in training and must meet the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices. For apprentices over the age of 19, their wages must meet the National Minimum Wage for their age group after their first year as an apprentice (if the programme is longer than 12 months).

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