Xtrac Ltd

Apprentice Engineering Technician – Level 3 - Advanced (Level 3)

Xtrac Ltd (Employer)

Newbury College (Training Provider)

Annual wage £17,748.00
40.0 hours per week Monday to Friday 0800 to 1700 with 1 hour for lunch.
4 years (duration)
1 September 2021(start date)
Engineering Technician (apprenticeship standard)
5 positions available
5 March 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

An opportunity to develop your career with an established supplier of high-performance transmissions for top level professional Motorsport and Automotive applications. This IfATE approved Level 3 Apprenticeship will combine practical on the job training with College attendance in line with Xtrac’s blend of design, engineering and manufacturing.


Xtrac is the World’s leading supplier of high-performance transmissions for top level professional Motorsport and High-Performance Automotive applications.  With its Headquarters in Thatcham, Xtrac designs, manufactures and assembles all of its transmissions in-house using the very latest design and analysis tools, and state of the art machining.

For 2021, Xtrac are offering their Princess Royal Training award winning apprenticeship programme which follows a IfATE approved Level 3 Engineering Technician.  The duration of the apprenticeship is 4 years and the programme will combine practical on the job training with attendance at Newbury College 1 day a week (term-time).  

Our Apprentice Manager supports each Apprentice for the entire duration of the programme, starting with making sure the transition into Xtrac and full-time employment is as easy as possible.

Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship

After a formal induction into the company, the apprentice will spend the first 16 months of their programme experiencing and learning all areas of the business.   

Day to day duties will include;

  • Setting up and operating a range of manual and CNC machines for different processes at level 3
  • Competently inspecting parts manufactured
  • Collecting and writing up evidence relevant to apprenticeship requirements
  • Observing Health and Safety rules at all times
  • Following the company quality procedures

Thereafter, the apprentice will focus on a particular area within the business ranging from different aspects of skilled machining, following the path of previous apprentices before them. 

Xtrac’s apprenticeship programmes offer a genuine route into a career and are proud to have 85% of their previous apprentices still at Xtrac as highly valued technicians and professional engineers.

College studies take place locally at Newbury College with study work focused on achieving EAL level 2 and level 3 Diploma in Machining with the possibility of working towards additional higher qualifications.  The ultimate goal is to achieve a level 3 diploma in machining (development knowledge) and to secure permanent employment with Xtrac.

Please apply via the Xtrac website to upload your CV: https://www.xtrac.com/vacancy/2021-apprenticeship/

The selection process will take place during March/April 2020 and will include an initial aptitude test, first and second interviews.

Future Prospects

Past apprentices are now fully skilled CNC machinists, Gearbox Assemblers, Tooling Engineers, Quality and Process Engineers.

Reality Check

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Skills Required

  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Practical experience of cars/motorsport, which may be gained from work experience

Qualities Required

  • Willingness to learn
  • Interest in motorsport

Qualifications Required

4 GCSE passes at Grade 4 and above, to include the following subjects: Maths, English, Physics, Chemistry, Technologies, Engineering, Graphics or Resistant Materials. 

A Mechanical bias is a real advantage, as is an interest in Motorsport and practical experience of cars/Motorsports, which may be gained from work experience.

Training Provided

Workplace training will be provided to achieve all aspects of the role requirements. On-going support will be offered by your employer mentor and Newbury College Assessor to achieve all elements of your Apprenticeship through on-programme learning.  

Off-the-job training, during normal working hours, will make up at least 20% of the apprenticeship and will help reinforce the teaching of new knowledge, skills and behaviours.  As an apprentice, you will develop and maintain a portfolio of work in preparation for your ‘End Point Assessment’.

The Apprenticeship will include:

  • Level 3 Engineering Technician standard
  • Level 2 Foundation Competence qualification
  • Level 3 Development Competence qualification
  • Level 3 Development Technical Knowledge qualification
  • Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour
  • Level 2 English and Maths (if required) prior to taking end point assessment
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