Toolmaking Apprentice

Due to continued growth of Teconnex, we require two Toolmakers to join our Keighley site, which now employs over 600 staff. This is an exciting opportunity to join an organisation that supports Global leading organisations within the automotive and aerospace industries.


Working within a very busy Tool Room liaising with other Tool Makers, Design Engineers and Production operatives, to manufacture and approve new press tooling working to achieve customer driven deadlines

The successful candidate will follow a recognised apprenticeship program to develop into a fully qualified Engineer.

  •  Working on Manual Milling Machines, Surface Grinders, Lathes, Drills, CNC Vertical Milling Machines, Wire Erosion Machines and will acquire fitting skills to assemble a range of press tooling.
  • Refurbish and service press tools, to support the requirements of the production schedule.
  • Working with design engineers to develop and introduce new ideas and manufacturing aids to assist with improving efficiency.
  • Working alongside team of qualified Toolmakers
  • No previous experience necessary as full development and training will be given
  • Someone with an interest in Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Proficient and confident in using computers and standard software

At least GCSE’s A* – 1 (9-4) in Maths & English

Acceptance is subject to college initial assessment, and interview.

Skills required:

You should be able to demonstrate:

  • Competent in Maths and English
  • Excellent team player
  • Effective communicator
  • Organised, methodical worker
  • Ability to plan and work to deadlines under pressure
  • Motivated and forward thinking
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • Computer literate with knowledge of computer numerical controlled systems
  • Personable, willing and enthusiastic

Personal Qualities:

You will need to be:

  • Reliable and punctual with the ability to work individually and as part of a team.
  • A pro-active approach to learning and work is essential.
  • Degree of maturity required
  • Confident and well-presented
  • Conscientious and self-motivated
  • Strong appetite for learning and development.

Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Toolmaking (QCF) Pathway – ETA – Toolmaker

Mandatory Units

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
  • Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
  • Assembling Press Tools

Optional Units
To be decided in advance can be amended after the first year of training and detailed on the apprentices Onefile.


  • Modifying Mould, Press Tools or Die Components
  • Producing Mould, Press Tool or Die components through manual machining

As part of this qualification the learner is required to complete 3 technically specific Performing Engineering Operations level 2 units.

  • Mandatory units
  • Producing components using hand fitting skills
  • Producing components using Lathes
  • Producing components using milling machines

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (QCF)

  • Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Engineered Project (Double)
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Communications for Engineering Technicians
  • Materials
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Mechanical Systems
  • CAD for Technicians
  • Electrical/Electronic Principles
  • Principle & application of Electronic Devices/circuits

Functional Skills

  • Maths, English and ICT at level 2 – On line resources – workbooks. Attending weekly workshops
  •  Employment Rights and responsibilities
  •  Personal learning and thinking Skills

The program is delivered on a day release basis.

On average 48 months depending on previous experience and qualifications.

To apply, click here.

If you have any enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our apprenticeships team on apprenticeships@keighleycollege.ac.uk or call us on 01535685035.

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