Occupational Profile

Machinists are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex and precision work, machining components from specialist materials using conventional and/or CNC machine tools such as centre lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, horizontal and cylindrical grinding machines, electro discharge machines, single and multi- axis CNC machine tools centres.

They will be expected to be able set up, operate and adjust/edit equipment settings as applicable to the machine tool being used.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 minimum or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science.


42 – 48 months

Qualifications and Studies

The apprenticeship has one mandatory qualification that requires day release at our training centre over a period of 3 years.

The units of the EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge) have been carefully selected by local employers to ensure it meets their needs, and future skill sets required for the industry in the future.

In the workplace, the apprentice will develop a portfolio of evidence that meets the requirements of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs).

End Point Assessment

When an Employer believes an apprentice is ready for this stage, the apprentice is put forward for the  end point assessment. This includes:

End Point Assessment Elements

  • Practical demonstration in the workplace, with questions (4.5 hours)
  • Knowledge Test of 30 multiple choice questions
  • Professional discussion, underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

End Point Assessment Grading

  • Fail
  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction