Machine Operator Apprentice - 2024

  • AWE
  • Reading, West Berkshire
  • £16000 per annum

Do you want to be part of something extraordinary? Something that not only gives you the opportunity to develop and grow your career, but offers excitement, challenge and intrigue at the same time as making a difference to keeping our country, and everyone in it, safe? What AWE do is unique and so are the people who work there. They work to attract, motivate, develop and retain the best talent and equip people with the right skills for the future.

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  • GMFJ Reference
    239472
  • Wages
    £16,000 p/a
  • Hours
    37.50 per week
  • Date Posted
    26/09/2023
  • Start Date
    12/08/2024
  • Approx. Duration
    3-4 years

  • Location
    Reading
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
    Engineering
  • Opportunity Type
    Advanced Level 3
  • Employer
    AWE

Description

Precision machining is the manufacturing of components on various machines. During the first part of your training as a Precision Machining Apprentice you will learn basic machining and hand fitting skills through a series of supervised machining tasks, in which you will manufacture of a number of useful engineering tools.


If you currently hold a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering or similar, you should consider applying for a Degree level apprenticeship.


Duration of training: 3 - 4 years (varies depending on personal performance)

Location: You will be based at Aldermaston (close to Reading)


What AWE offer:

  • Apprentices have a starting salary of £16,000. This increases annually with second year salary being £20,500
  • A market leading contributory pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement and excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight. This means that every other Friday you won’t be required to work!


Alongside these benefits you will get the opportunity to learn from some of the top leaders in their field whilst helping AWE to continue to deliver national nuclear security, threat reduction and counter-terrorism solutions.


Start date: All successful candidates will join the business on 12th August 2024. It is important that you are available that week and the week commencing 19th August so you can meet the rest of the Apprentice cohort and take part in the induction programme. There is another compulsory training week from 11th September, so AWE ask you not to request annual leave that week either.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role.

The deadline line for applications is Sunday October 29th. The earlier you apply the better chance you have of success.

For more information about this vacancy please contact GetMyFirstJob Recruitment on opportunities@getmyfirstjob.co.uk (Ref ID: 239472)

Company website : https://www.awe.co.uk/careers/early-careers/apprenticeships/

About you:

  • A practical aptitude for engineering or technology
  • PC literate
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Health and safety aware
  • Effective at following instructions
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods
  • Passion and motivation for your chosen profession

5 GCSE’s at grade 4/C or above to include Maths and English

Applicants must be aged 16 or over, as of 12th August 2024 due to security clearance requirements


You will attend a variety of lectures, through college day release, which will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the tools and techniques that you will be using. It will also give you more information about the materials, manufacturing equipment and processes that you will be following throughout your career.


Whilst the majority of final roles are hands on craft engineering, a small number may be in the design and assurance roles for mechanical engineering.


Apprentices work on a variety of machines within the academy including:

  • Centre lathes
  • Vertical and horizontal milling machines
  • Surface grinders
  • Pillar drills
  • Computer numerical controlled (CNC) lathes


In the second part of your training, you will undertake a series of machining tasks. These are designed to prepare and expose you to the full spectrum of AWE's plant and facilities and the work that you will undertake within the organisation. Once on site, you will have the opportunity to complete more advanced machining tasks, involving more complex holding and machining work.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.

Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role.

AWE's ambition is to create workplaces where they recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. They strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. 

Any inclusion information you provide will be used to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.

Opportunities with AWE

What if one could work on something that couldn't be tested but could not afford to fail? Imagine spending years on a submarine, launching it into outer space where temperatures plummet to below -250°C, and having it hurtle through the atmosphere, heating up and shaking, yet it must still function. Such a challenge awaits the world-class team at AWE. The work they undertake is truly unique, just like the individuals who comprise their ranks. AWE boasts some of the best talent in the business, and its people are undoubtedly its most cherished asset. They tirelessly strive to attract, motivate, develop, and retain top-notch talent, ensuring their team possesses the necessary skills for the future.

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