Careers at William Hughes

Current vacancies include: Engineering Apprentice

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Engineering Apprentice – Machining

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Brief overview of the role

Do you have enthusiasm, drive and a commitment to a future in Engineering? Apply today if you do! A mechanical interest for engineering must be reflected in your application, be it through repairs to cars/bikes etc., or a general interest in Engineering. After completing the Apprenticeship, you will achieve a Level 3 or 4 Advanced Apprenticeship.


Possible start date
Closing date

We can recruit new Apprentices at any time of year, however the starting date of their formal College study is usually in September each year.


Apprenticeship summary

Working week
08.00 – 16.30 Monday – Thursday, 08.00 – 15.30 Friday
Total hours per week: 39.00

Weekly wage
£14,196 p.a.; £273.00 per week; £7.00 per hour
(Note: The National Minimum pay rate for Apprentices will be £6.40 per hour as of 1.4.24)

Expected duration
4 years

Apprenticeship level
Level 3 or 4 – Advanced Level Apprenticeship – Depending upon previous qualifications, we can offer either Level.

Up to 3 are available every year


Vacancy description

William Hughes specialises in the design and manufacture of custom-made springs, wire forms and assemblies. We are seeking to employ an enthusiastic & hardworking individual as an Engineering Apprentice.

We are looking for someone who enjoys both practical and academic work with an aptitude for, and an interest in, Engineering.

Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to spend time visiting each department to gain insight into all Engineering techniques used.

Main duties and areas of training will include:

CNC Milling machines
Surface grinders and various other equipment used in the Tool-room department
Wire forming and Spring manufacturing equipment
Inspection and quality checking


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills
Able to work to instruction & retain information given
Attention to detail
Good communicator

Personal qualities
You will be hard working and enthusiastic with a real commitment to your learning and study

Desired qualifications
Maths and English A*/9- C/4 GCSE (or equivalent), plus an additional 3 GCSEs including science, all to be at least grade C/4 (or equivalent).

Future prospects
Successful completion of the Apprenticeship will then lead to further progression and advancement within the company. Many of our Apprentices go on to senior roles in the Company, both in the UK and in our European companies in Poland and Bulgaria.

Things to consider
Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications have been received.

NOTE: If your application is successful, you must attend an initial interview with Yeovil College. This will be arranged by an invitation from the College. This is not an interview for the job, just to assess your suitability for the Apprenticeship.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide is updated every April (ANMW):


Questions for candidates

First question
We are located in Stalbridge, are you able to travel to both work and college should you be successful? How?

Second question
What is your understanding of Engineering?


About the employer

William Hughes Limited

Disability Confident
Employer is not registered as Disability Confident

William Hughes specialises in the design and manufacture of custom-made springs, wire forms and assemblies.

For over two centuries, the company has been at the forefront of the UK wire industry. From humble beginnings in Drury Lane, London, the company  is now a global supplier of components to the automotive, aerospace, medical and more industries with major manufacturing facilities both in the UK and Bulgaria.

To survive in today’s economy, having the ability to give customers what they need as quickly and cost effectively as possible, while maintaining the utmost level of quality, is key.

William Hughes achieves this goal by substantial annual investment in the most advanced equipment, much of it CNC based, keeping pace with constant technological evolution, and by nurturing a long-term, skilled workforce capable of working to the most stringent quality standards.

William Hughes Ltd
Station Road
DT10 2RZ



Training provider

Richard Sibbick
07951 881061


Training to be provided

Year 1:
An introduction to the industry as a student at Yeovil College, completing a Technical Certificate Level 2; here you will receive practical experience on machine skills (turning, milling and grinding) welding, assembly, testing, electronics and other aspects of engineering. When not attending college, you will be in the workplace gaining valuable practical experience.

Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)

Years 2 – 4:
Upon successful completion of Year 1, you will be working within a site based manufacturing team, learning WM Hughes processes and procedures. Each technician follows a training programme that is tailored for the individual and will have the support of an NVQ Assessor who will encourage your progression and act as a mentor.

Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering- Machining (Development Competence)
Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
The training is designed to develop the skills needed for the designation career path and to provide opportunities to gather the evidence needed to satisfy the requirements of the NVQ Level 3 programme. One day per week will be spent at Yeovil College to complete the theoretical part of the programme.


Apprenticeship standards

Machining Technician – ST1305 – Level 3
Engineering Manufacturing Technician – ST0841 – Level 4


How To Apply

 Interested candidates can apply either directly to William Hughes ( ) or through Yeovil College ( ).


Fact-Finding Tour

If you would like to visit the William Hughes factory in Stalbridge before you apply, so that we can show you around and explain the work we do in more detail, please email