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Machining Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship

New in 23/23. Designed to contribute to Gloucestershire’s engineering talent pool by equipping the sector’s current and future workforce with skills, knowledge and behaviours in line with the latest industry requirements. Discover our new Machining Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Enrolling for September 2023

About the Machining Technician programme

Machining Technician Level 3 covers a wide variety of skills designed to appeal to a large range of employers. The 42-month program (plus 3 months for End Point Assessment) is delivered through a combination of on-the-job training, where engineering apprentices work alongside experienced engineers, and 1 or 2 days a week of classroom-based learning during the first two years of study. The compulsory units include:

  • Engineering communications
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Properties and applications of engineering materials
  • Health and safety in the engineering workplace
  • Advance milling and turning
  • Computer numerical control (CNC) programming/machining
  • Workplace improvement

In addition, employers can choose two optional units to be delivered.

Download the Machining Technician Level 3 factsheet

Our Engineering Training Facilities 

We continually invest in the engineering facilities and equipment within our training centres in Gloucester, Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean, ensuring our learners have the very best tools and equipment on which to hone their skills.

Our centres have fully equipped electrical/electronic laboratories and mechanical workshops including Printed Circuit Board (PCB), Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) workshops.

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Apprenticeship Benefits for Employers

  • Suitable for new and existing staff: Apprenticeships are open to anyone from 16+ and there is no upper age limit to become an apprentice. 
  • Cost effective: Apprenticeships are a low-cost way to bring new talent into your organisation – recruitment is free and the training is funded either by your levy, or you pay just 5% of the bill (the government funds the rest)
  • Get the right set of skills for your company: What apprentices learn will be tailored to your business – the systems you use and the challenges you face

In addition, apprenticeships are a great way to create diverse and progressive workplace and improve productivity and staff motivation. 


Speak to our team

Get in touch with our expert Employer Training & Apprenticeships team for no-obligation advice and funding guidance for Machining Technician or other apprenticeships of interest at GC by filling out your details below.


Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

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  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

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