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Apprentice Machining Engineer


Job description

KS Composites Ltd are offering a fantastic and unique opportunity for an engineering apprentice to join their pattern shop to become a skilled machinist.

Are you passionate about a career in engineering? Are you willing to learn and determined to succeed? If the answer is "yes" then undertaking an apprenticeship with KS Composites could be the first step in a great career for you.

The Engineering apprenticeship programme provides you with an exciting and challenging opportunity to achieve formal qualifications through extensive practical on-the-job training, as well as in college study, while in full-time employment.

As part of this unique and varied role, the successful candidate will be mentored and trained to

  • check all drawings and material specs for issues or problems prior to the production process in order to aid the flow of production
  • prepare machine and job set-up in line with Company procedures so that quality standards are maintained throughout the process
  • carry out machining procedures as directed and to individual capability level in line with associated drawings, whilst ensuring quality is of the highest standard by taking
  • responsibility for the end result, so as to ensure internal and external customer satisfaction
  • carry out any cutting and bonding, and/or flatting and sealing procedures as directed and as necessary to meet the needs of the business
  • be responsible for maintenance of assigned machines to include oil levels, filter cleaning, cleanliness so as to ensure they operate effectively and breakdowns are avoided
  • be responsible for own work area, ensuring it is kept tidy and free from debris at all times
  • ensure that all documentation is filled out appropriately
  • contribute towards continuous improvements in processes and working
  • practice, in order to maximise the Company’s use of resources

How to apply for this vacancy

You can apply for this vacancy through the National Apprenticeship Service. If you require any assistance with applying for this vacancy please contact us on 0115 945 7260 or email the apprenticeship team.

Application deadline: 25/09/2019

Possible start date: 30/09/2019

Skills required

  • Ability to work flexibly and to manage conflicting and changing priorities
  • Excellent time management and personal organisational skills
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Applicants will need to be flexible in the approach to a multi-skilled role
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate a real interest in and passion for engineering through either prior learning or personal activities
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate a commitment to working as part of a team and a flexible, positive can do attitude

Qualifications required

A minimum of 5 GCSE Grades A* - D , (9 – 4) or equivalent including the following is desirable:

  • Maths
  • English

In additional, candidates will be able to show an interest in practical engineering demonstrated through either practical learning activity or personal hobbies and activities.

Candidate requirements

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit:

Pay may be increased periodically through the achievement of targets and incentive schemes.

The applicants must show a commitment to learn and to attend college on a day release basis.

Training provided

The Apprenticeship programme will be over an initial 1 Year period

Training to be provided will include: Day release at Nottingham College, Highfields Centre

The FRAMEWORK: Performing Engineering Operations: level 2 will include the following units:

EAL NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 (Machining)

  • QPEO2/001 Working safely in an engineering environment
  • QPEO2/002 Carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively
  • QPEO2/003 Using and communicating technical information
  • QPEO2/005 Producing components using hand fitting techniques
  • QPEO2/011 Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
  • QPEO2/12 Preparing and using milling machines

EAL Level 2 Award in Industrial Environment Awareness (Technical Certificate):

  • A qualification designed to complement the NVQ2 and to meet the needs of young and adult learners and employers across the whole manufacturing industry.
  • Completed via a self-study booklet with the guidance of a Training Officer.
  • Knowledge assessed by online test.

Future progression

Our apprenticeship programme is designed to enable us to recruit to a career path and to a specific end role. Details of available career paths and options will be shared with each apprentice by the company mentor. For applicants with the right attitude the opportunities are real.

Candidates who successfully complete the level 2 apprenticeship could progress onto a level 3 advanced apprenticeship in engineering, and also potentially HNC and HND level courses in the future.

Additional questions for candidates

During the application process you will be asked the following additional question(s) below. To prepare yourself, have a think about how you might answer them.

First question
Do you have a driving licence?

Second question
Do you have access to your own vehicle?

Employer information

Since 1985, KS Composites has continually evolved to become a leading global force in composite and GRP development and manufacture – seeking new technologies and solutions and ensuring consistent dynamic improvements to keep up with ever changing R&D.

Address details:

K S Composites Limited
Unit 1
Crown Business Park
Melton mowbray
LE14 3NQ

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Reference number VAC001577511
Working week Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm
(40 hours per week)
Expected duration 12 months
Apprenticeship level Intermediate
Related course Performing Engineering Operations - Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)
Salary £180.00 (Weekly)

Wages explained

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).