Machining - Intermediate Apprenticeship

The Machining Apprenticeship provides skills development in preparing and using lathes, milling machines and CNC machinery.

Machining is a technology led part of the manufacturing industry. You will learn to
programme and operate a range of computer-controlled mills and lathes. You could be producing components for Formula 1, avionics, defence, research and
development projects.

During the Apprenticeship you will develop valuable experience with an employer by undertaking a real job with real pay. Throughout the programme you will receive guidance and support from both your employer and a PETA mentor to ensure you gain all the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed in your chosen career.

Course Details

  • Location: On-the-job with some training in Havant
  • Duration: 13 months
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On completion of the Apprenticeship, you will achieve;

  • NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations - Level 2
  • Diploma in Engineering and Technology - Level 2

Options following your Apprenticeship:

  • Your employer could support progression to the Advanced Apprenticeship
  • The Apprenticeship may turn into a permanent position
  • You could be offered a permanent position with an opportunity to undertake further specific work-related qualifications
  • With the experience gained, you may opt to find alternative employment
  • You might choose to continue your studies

Course Overview
NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations - Level 2
  • Mandatory units
    • Working safely in an engineering environment
    • Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
    • Using and communicating technical information
  • Optional Units
    • Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
    • Preparing and using milling machines
    • Preparing and using CNC milling machines

Diploma in Engineering and Technology - Level 2 
  • Mandatory units
    • Engineering environment awareness
    • Engineering techniques
    • Engineering principles
  • Optional Units
    • Fitting and assembly techniques
    • Turning and milling machining techniques and technology
    • Milling techniques
    • Understanding health and safety in an industrial environment
    • Understanding how to communicate in an industrial environment
    • Understanding working effectively in an industrial environment
    • Understanding working relationships in an industrial environment
    • Understanding rights and responsibilities in an industrial environment
Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Statutory rights and responsibilities
  • Procedures and documentation in your organisation
  • Source of information and advice
  • About your occupation and organisation
  • Occupations and career pathways
  • Representative bodies
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
  • ffective participation
  • Self management
  • Team working
Functional Skills (if needed)
  • English
  • Maths


An Apprenticeship is all about learning on the job, there will be days where you attend our Engineering Training Centre located in Havant to undertake the taught aspects of the programme.

Additional Information

To start this programme you need to be aged 16 and over with 4 GCSEs at grade D or higher including Maths and English.

Course Dates

Apprenticeships are available throughout the year and are dependent upon finding a suitable employer.

Don't forget PETA finds the employer for you!

So, check out the current vacancies that PETA has to offer on our Apprenticeships job page.

This is an Advanced Apprenticeship where the majority of the time is spent with an employer doing a real job.

PETA find real Apprenticeship opportunities which offer a real job, with real pay and real qualifications

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