Job description:

William Lee are looking for an apprentice pattern maker / tool maker to complete a Level 3 machining apprenticeship to join their team. The candidate will be actively involved in developing ways to improve efficiencies and production methods across the site, pro-actively seeking out problems and finding solutions. The Tool room and Patternshop are both highly skilled departments, using a variety of materials such as plastics, casting resins, rubbers, wax, wood, mild and high carbon steels, brass, cast iron and aluminium. The candidate will learn how to use lathes, milling machines, sanding and bobbin machines, vertical bandsaws, pedestal drills amongst other hand and power tools.

Role & responsibilities:

  • Producing precision fixture tooling and grippers for the automated grinding areas
  • The repair and/or modification of pattern and core box tooling and making patterns for the foundries
  • Manufacturing bespoke items of plant machinery for the maintenance department
  • Gauges and checking equipment for Quality Assurance
  • Repairing feeders and running systems
  • Working to tight tolerances from engineering drawings or verbal discussions

Health, Safety & Environment

  • Ensure compliance with the company’s health and safety and environmental policies, ensuring these are understood and upheld
  • Ensure that you are always equipped with the correct personal protective equipment and is properly looked after and maintained
  • Ensure that all accidents are reported and recorded in the accident book
  • Ensure any spillages are cleared up immediately and the correct emergency equipment is always available

NB. This Job Description is not exhaustive and may be revised as necessary.

Skills required:

  • Ability to multitask
  • Attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Take a critical approach to work practice and identify and suggest improvements
  • Proactively taking actions to improve
  • Adapts quickly to change

Personal qualities the candidate must have:

  • Be open to and work with change, both culturally and technically
  • Works in an inclusive way
  • Willingness to undertake additional tasks, within capabilities, to get the job done
  • Willingness to take ownership
  • Believes and promotes Health and Safety within the workplace
  • Self-motivated
  • Task orientated
  • Ability to remain calm and effective during stressful times

Employer description:

This is a great opportunity for apprentices to get hands on experience in the foundry industry in a British owned company competing in a global market in business for over 150 years. William Lee makes iron castings for a wide variety of international customers including BMW, Mercedes, Daimler, Borg, Castings and GT.

With four foundries on site and over 400 personnel, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to learn about the company as a whole and you will be mentored directly by our skilled Tool & Pattern Makers while studying a Level 3 qualification with our training provider, AMRC Training Centre.

What we offer:      

  • Company pension scheme enrolment and life assurance plan
  • 33 days holiday entitlement
  • On-site parking
  • Westfield Health Care Plan membership
  • On site Occupational Health provision providing Health Screening and advice on well-being
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Full on-the-job training from our skilled and experienced team
  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity

Things to consider:

During the first year you will be required to attend the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre in Sheffield, full time for an initial block of study.  You will return to your workplace one Friday per month.  After the initial block training you will attend the AMRC Training Centre for one day a week to undertake the knowledge study. The remaining four days will be spent in company learning on the job.

Please note the AMRC Training Centre reserves the right to close applications ahead of the published closing date.

Qualification Requirements:

Advanced Apprenticeships entry requirements

You will need both of the following:

  • GCSE English language C or 4 or above
  • GCSE Maths C or 4 or above.

Applicants are also required to successfully complete a series of assessments at the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre, as well as an employer recruitment and selection process to secure a place on an apprenticeship programme.

Apprenticeship applications are open for 2024.

Apply now.