Air Bearings Limited
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Engineering Apprentice

Air Bearings Limited (ABL) are a world leading innovative manufacturer of air bearing solutions, used across the engineering spectrum; whilst we are based in Ferndown (Dorset), we provide real world solutions globally.  

We are currently recruiting for an Engineering Apprentice to join us at busy and exciting time; we are looking for someone with a genuine interest in learning manual turning and CNC programming, interested in developing their career within a precision engineering environment.

You will be mentored by experienced engineers, who will teach you how to set, operate and programme turning machines, to produce precision engineering components. You will work directly for ABL whilst undertaking your Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship through a local provider, with one day per week set aside to study for the duration of the course.  

What will the role involve? 

  • You will learn all aspect of operating, setting and programming machinery 
  • You will learn how to produce precision engineering products in line with customer specifications and to pre-determined deadlines 
  • Successful applicants will have an interest in CNC machinery and good IT skills 
  • Ensuring all work carried out complies with health and safety requirements as laid down by the company and by external bodies. 

What will you require?

  • Aged 16 or over and not in full time education
  • GCSE (or equivalent) grade 4/C in Maths and English, or level 2 Functional Skills, to meet the entry requirements of the apprenticeship programme. GCSE (or equivalent) grade 4/C in Science also required.
  • A keen interest in developing your career in CNC machining
  • Able and committed to obtaining your Level 3 Engineering Technician qualification
  • Able to attend college release days for the duration of the course  
  • Be a Self-motivated team player
  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly with employees at all levels
  • IT literate 

Additional information and company benefits 

  • Full-Time, Permanent role
  • Weekly Hours: 38 hours per week, Monday-Thursday
  • Free Parking
  • Excellent training and support from your peers
  • Bupa Cash Plan scheme (effective after qualifying period) 

Apprenticeship Course Information: 

  • Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship duration is usually 4 years (48 months)
  • You will receive training on the job and will attend college 1 day per week
  • You must consider the travel time and expenses to get to ABL and the training provider (provider to be confirmed upon further discussion with applicants). 

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV to Anoushka Dawson ( specifying which role you are applying for.