Advanced Machinist Apprenticeship – Level 3


Apex Pumps have an opportunity for an Apprentice Advanced Machinist within our production team.

This vacancy will include both training at the Swatpro Academy BEMA in Yate and on site at our works in Bristol, with training provided by dedicated and skilled engineers and covering the following skills areas:

  • Manual Machining
  • CNC Machining
  • Fitting and Assembly

At the end of the apprenticeship it is expected that you will be a multi skilled across these disciplines and an integral member of the production team.

This vacancy will give you the skills to become a skilled machine setter, operator and ultimately a CNC programmer. It includes both on- and off-the-job training from a dedicated and skilled team of engineers, spending time in each section of our production teams.

You will be based at our production facility in Bristol, where we produce a diverse range of centrifugal pump components. Plant includes a range of manual and modern CNC machines both turning and milling.

All training will go towards your Level 3 advanced qualification and will be delivered in partnership with the Swatpro Academy BEMA.

Daily duties will be discussed with the successful candidate and developed to meet the aspirations of the individual in line with company requirements.

For the first 10 months you will be based at the Swatpro Academy hours / timings tbc. Thereafter you will be based in company Monday – Thursday 7am – 3.30pm and Friday 7am – 12pm, total 39 hours per week.


About the employer

Apex Pumps is a company based on the skills of its people. We have been producing high specification centrifugal pumps since 1988, with many thousands operating both within the UK and worldwide on installations where efficiency and reliability are of prime importance, and we have earned an enviable reputation for the quality and endurance of our products.

We design and build all our pumps at our site in Bristol and are very proud to be British- made.

Apex Pumps design and manufacture a wide range of centrifugal pumps for industry, building services, aquaculture, petrochemical plant and many other similar demanding applications.


Employer name and address

Apex Fluid Engineering LTD t/a Apex Pumps, Units 1-4 Morley Road, Staple Hill, BS16 4QT.


Desired skills

  • Communication skills
  • Customer care skills
  • Logical
  • Team working
  • Creative
  • Initiative
  • Have used engineering drawings and manual measuring equipment.


Personal qualities

To have an interest and desire to work in engineering.

A hobby or interest in engineering.


Qualifications required

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C or Grade 5) – essential.

GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade C or Grade 5) – essential.

GCSE or equivalent science (Grade C or Grade 5) – essential.


Future prospects

The apprenticeship aims to provide the participants with the training opportunities to gain a broad range of manufacturing technical skills, so that once qualified you will be highly regarded by the company.

Apex Pumps has apprentice qualified persons at all levels of the business. As a growing company there are opportunities arising across the operation.

Completion of the Advanced Level Apprenticeship could lead to further qualifications or Higher Education.


Expected apprenticeship duration

48 months.


Possible start date

September 2022.

Please complete and return the application form as soon as possible, to admin@bema.co.uk so that the initial assessments maybe completed and that your details can be circulated.

Organisation name: Swatpro Academy: Yate, Bristol

Contact name: Bryan Young

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01454 321356

Contact website: https://www.bema.co.uk

Type: Apprenticeships

Salary: £234.00 per week

Location: Staple Hill, Bristol.

Deadline for completed applications: Thursday 30 June 2022

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