Apprentice CNC Machinist (Multi-Axis) - Alitex Ltd

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Job Summary

Location: Petersfield GU31 5RG
Salary per week: £252.00
Working hours: Monday - Thursday 07:30 - 16:30, Friday 07:30 - 14:00 (37.5 hours per week)
Applications in by: 30/06/2020
Interview Date: 13/07/2020
Job Code: EP33969

An exciting opportunity in a hands-on working environment learning to program, set and operate computer controlled Mills/Routers. With a strong focus on machining extrusions you will be making structural components for our world renown glass houses. You will have a flexible teamworking approach to work allowing us to achieve our goals

Alitex is a family business which started in 1952 by the Hall family, we believe in creating the very best looking Victorian glasshouses that are functional havens for plants and people. Alitex is in the fortunate position of having a healthy balance sheet allowing continued investment in the people, processes, research and development. Alitex are proud to be a British manufacturing success story. All of our glasshouses are designed and manufactured in the UK.
We have a strong history of recruiting and developing apprentices, we have engineering apprentices working in our machining and design areas. We want you to be part of our success story.

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Duties will include:

  • Learn how to work in accordance with company safety procedures and follow Health and Safety legislation
  • Become competent reading and interpreting relevant data and documentation used to produce machined components
  • Learn how to plan how to complete milling operations, programming data into CNC Milling/Routing machinery
  • Become competent receiving and checking materials ensuring raw materials are available and correct using engineering drawings and technical specifications
  • Learn to use a range of techniques, including applying innovative work holding arrangements utilising specialist tooling
  • Become competent selecting and setting up the tooling
  • Learn how to programming, setting and operating modern CNC equipment
  • After training you will be able to apply a range of machining strategies to increase accuracy and productivity
  • Become competent setting and adjusting the machine operating parameters to produce the work pieces to the required specification

Other information:

  • This apprenticeship will be one of the new improved Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Standards. The company is located in a beautiful rural location in South Harting, you will need to be able get here reliably
  • The company will support your personal and professional development
  • You will be trained, supported and monitored throughout the process
  • The company operates on an ethical basis respecting peoples beliefs

Throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship you will be required to attend PETA’s Havant training center for off-the-job training.  The majority of skills development training in years 2, 3 and 4 will be completed with your employer at your place of work. You will work towards the following qualifications:

  • You will be employed whilst you are completing your apprenticeship this will include 18 months of day release training at PETA Ltd where you will complete your Level 2 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) qualification. This will include:
  • Preparing and using Manual Turning Machines
  • Preparing and using Manual Milling Machines
  • Preparing and using CNC Milling Machines
  • Preparing and using CNC Turning Machines
  • Using fitting and assembly Techniques.
  • Producing Mechanical Engineering Drawings using a CAD System
  • Conducting business improvement activities
  • You will also complete the Level 2 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Technical Knowledge).
  • You will be expected to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) delivered in the workplace by your PETA assessor. You will be day released for a further 24 months to complete a Technical certificate (Level 3) as part of your advanced apprenticeship framework. This will be the Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge).
  • You will also achieve Functional Skills in Math’s and English at level 2 (if you have not already achieved C+ or a Grade 4+ in these disciplines)

Skills required:

  • You will have a good level of dexterity hand skills
  • Demonstrate an interest in contributing towards manufacturing mechanical assemblies are desirable
  • You will have good hand to eye co-ordination and hand skills
  • Your logical approach to problem solving will enable you to perform to make a good contribution to all aspects of the job
  • You need to be able to learn through instruction and experience

Personal qualities:

  • Your motivation and drive are the assets that will be best appreciated. 
  • You will need good communication skills as you will develop into a role where the ability to communicate on a technical level with peers and management is a crucial skill
  • You will need to be open minded and willing to develop your knowledge and skills to support your future development

Qualifications required:

  • 3 GCSE's at grade C or above (or equivalents) to include Maths and English are essential
  • Additionally a science or engineering qualification is highly desirable
  • Any CAD/CAM experience/qualifications will be looked upon favourably


  • 20 days paid holiday and 8 statutory days holiday
  • Company Pension (after qualifying period)
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Overtime available
  • Become part of successful business

Future Prospects:

  • Progression routes within the company for the right candidate
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Overtime available

Application questions:

  • What will make you stand out from the other candidates?
  • Tell us about a time when you have undertaken a task that you were proud of your contribution?

Applications in by: 30/06/2020
Interview Date: 13/07/2020
Job Code: EP33969

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