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  • Do you want to earn whilst you learn?
  • Do you want to be the future of Norbar?

An apprenticeship at Norbar will offer you the opportunity to gain a UK recognised qualification as part of a challenging and rewarding career.

We offer both advanced 4 year electronic and mechanical apprenticeships.

You will receive the best training, support and pay and benefits higher than the average as well as getting paid to learn and at the end of it a worthwhile career with us.

We only recruit people with the drive, enthusiasm and genuine interest in engineering that meet the entry requirements and can successfully get through the recruitment process.


We generally select our apprentices to attend Warwickshire or Abingdon who have an excellent reputation and have worked with us for the last 15 years.

We also work in partnership with Engineering Trust Training Ltd who will work between the college and Norbar to ensure that the right standards are selected and monitored.

Year 1

4 days at college studying Advanced Manufacturing (Foundation Competence) basic practical skills training

1 day a week studying Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

Year 2

1 day a week studying Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

4 days a week in Company following an internal training plan

NB. For Machining roles the apprentice will undertake a Level 3 Machinist Knowledge Qualification

Years 3 and 4

You will spend the remainder of your time in the Company following your training plan.

It may be possible, depending on the Company’s needs to follow further education such as an HNC or Foundation degree.

Management and Support

Not only will you be fully supported by our experienced staff, you will have the ongoing support of an Engineering Trust Training Ltd Training Officer who will monitor your progress every 4-6 weeks. They are there to ensure there is a successful and timely completion.

Both Norbar and Engineering Trust Training Ltd will be on hand to answer your queries and resolve your questions.

Apprenticeships at Norbar


Year 1    

4 days at college studying Advanced Manufacturing (Foundation Competence) basic practical skills training.

1 day a week studying Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).

Year 2    

1 day a week studying Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).

4 Days a week in Company following internal training plan.

Years 3 & 4

Continuation of training on site.

For machining roles, the apprentice will undertake a level 3 Machinist Knowledge Qualification.


There may be an opportunity for further education depending on the success of the apprentice and the future needs of the job role at Norbar.


Entry requirements: - At last numeric grades of at least 5 and above including Maths, English and a Science.


College holidays: - You will be expected to come back into Norbar during Christmas, Easter and half-terms or take some annual leave.


Communication: - You will be expected to maintain regular contact with the HR Department to discuss progress and expenses.


You will also be expected to regularly communicate with The Engineering Trust and your Training Officer.


Expenses: -  Norbar will reimburse mileage expenses or train fares.  Up to £300 will be offered to support a suitable lap top.  Books and other writing equipment will not be reimbursed.


Terms and Conditions


You will be employed on a 4 year Apprentice contract.


Whilst in Company, the general hours of work will be 7.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Thursday with a 30 minute unpaid break for lunch and 7.30am – 12 midday on a Friday.


Whilst at college you will be expected to attend the college for the hours required to successfully achieve your apprenticeship.


You will be automatically enrolled into Norbar’s pension scheme (if eligible) after 3 months’ service.  The standard contribution is 6% which is matched by the Company with an additional ½%.


Free life assurance of 3 times your basic salary is also available.


With 27 weeks’ service by October of each year you will be eligible for a non guaranteed profit related bonus payable in November and if you have 27 weeks’ service by December, you will be eligible for a non guaranteed profit related bonus payable in March of the following year.


Current salary rates (Pay Award Pending)


Year 1 - £7.21 per hour (£14,500 per annum approx)

Year 2 - £9.45 per hour (£19,000 per annum approx)

Year 3 - £11.22 per hour (£22,500 per annum approx)

Year 4 – dependant on the role once apprenticeship has been completed.


How To Apply

We will be taking apprentice applications between February and the end of April each year. After this point we may not be able to consider your application.

You should go to the Engineering Trust Training Ltd website and complete the on-line application form.

Engineering Trust Training Ltd will undertake the initial assessments and short list candidates that meet our requirements and specification. 

Applications will then be forwarded to Norbar and we will undertake a number of interviews and if necessary arrange a selection process which will allow you to meet others, spend time on the shop floor and undertake Norbar specific tests. 

Job offers will be made by Norbar with the view that the successful candidate(s) work for us for at least 4 weeks during the summer months prior to attending Warwickshire College in the September. 

This will offer you a broader understanding of what Norbar does to allow an easier application of theory.

What Our Apprentices Say







Career Paths

Darren Smithson
Darren started a 4 year Advanced Modern Apprenticeship with
Norbar in 2002. During this time Darren completed a PEO level 2,
National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, NVQ3 in
Manufacturing and a HNC in Mechanical Engineering. In 2006
Darren became a CNC machine setter and worked his way up to
become a Tooling Engineer in 2009. Today Darren continues to
work at Norbar as a Production Engineer.

Dereck Bell

Dereck began his 4 year modern apprenticeship on Manufacturing &
Design Engineering back in 1996. During his apprenticeship Dereck
gained a NVQ Level 2 in General Engineering and Manufacturing, a
National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, a Higher National
Certificate in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, NVQ Level
2 and 3 in Technical Services, NVQ Level 3 in Engineering
Machining and was awarded ‘Oxfordshire Apprentice of the Year’ in
1998. After completing his apprenticeship Dereck became a
Mechanical Zone Engineer providing manufacturing support by
designing tooling for use with existing processes. In 2007 Dereck
achieved a NVQ Level 4 in Engineering Management. Today Dereck
works as a Design Engineer focusing on the design and development
of specialist small torque tools.

Steve Lawson

Steve joined Norbar in 1996 on a Mechanical apprenticeship after
completing his GCSE’s. During his apprenticeship Steve gained a
ONC and HNC in Mechanical Design togther with a NVQ Level 3 in
Engineering. After his apprenticeship Steve was offered a grade 3
Design Engineer role and after 2 years was promoted to grade 2
Design Engineer where Steve became more involved in in the
design of complex products and project work. Steve is now a Grade
1 Design Engineer and looks forward to continuing his long and
rewarding career at Norbar.

Howard Keasey
Howard joined Norbar as an Electronics Apprentice in September
1988 and successfully completed his 4-year apprenticeship in 1992.
He was offered a position as Electronics Technician and in 1995 was
promoted to Electronics Chargehand. Again in 1998 he was
promoted to Electronics Production Manager until present. Howard
is involved in the use of both people and process management skills.
Within his process he has responsibility for Design Engineering,
Production Engineering, Procurement, Planning, Assembly of
Electronic Product and has day to day activities within our UKAS
Accredited Calibration Laboratory.

Vacancy Title:        Mechanical CNC Apprentice, Mechanical Toolmaker Apprentice & Electronics Apprentice.


Hourly Rate:           £7.49 per hour (from April 2018)


Working Week:


38½ hours

7.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Monday – Thursday

7.30 a.m. – 12 midday Friday


Apprenticeship Duration:    4 years


Location:   Wildmere Road, Banbury, OX16 3JU


Apprenticeship Level:    Advanced Apprenticeship, Level 3


Number of Vacancies:    3


Vacancy Description:


Mechanical CNC Apprentice:


The successful candidate could go down a number of career paths leading to a mechanical type role as a CNC Skilled Machinist which could lead to more technical roles longer term.


Toolmaker Apprentice:


The successful candidate will be a part of our Product Development team to use CNC and traditional manual machinery to produce proto type components, jigs, fixtures and tooling.


Electronics Apprentice:


Apprentices could be trained alongside our Electronics team supporting a product stream and will be equipped with an appreciation both electronic and mechanical knowledge to support the future of our electro/mechanical product.


Desired Skills:


A genuine interest in mechanical engineering and/or electrical engineering and evidence of practical skills with an interest in how things are made/constructed.


The ability and interest to take on a more technical, advanced qualification aligned with our future business needs is also of interest.


Personal Qualities:


Good interpersonal skills, self motivation and a flexible attitude to work.


The desire to learn and develop and the ability to question/challenge.


Computer literacy.


Qualifications Required:


At least numerical grades of 5 and above including Maths, English and Science.



Future Prospects/Possible Career Paths:


Mechanical Apprentices:


The job profile could be as follows:


CNC Setter (Skilled Machinist)


To set and operate a number of manual and CNC machine tools, including Gear cutting machinery (both Hobbing and Shaping), vertical and horizontal machining Centres, Lathes and multi-axis, multi functional machines and Grinding machines to produce parts to the required standard and within prescribed times. They will also be required to program (where applicable) the aforementioned as and when required. They will need to have an understanding and appreciation of time constraints and the effect of overrunning from both a commercial and planning aspect.


To understand and interpret Engineering drawings including GD&T and to use a range of standard and special measuring equipment as well as working closely with QC to achieve high ‘First off’ pass rates and to liaise with QC to resolve issues and eliminate repeat failures.


To have an understanding of both cutting tool (including Grinding Wheels) and component materials and their effect on productivity.  The importance of correct tool selection, an understanding of cutting tool conditions including rigidity, speeds, feeds, lubrication and their application and effect.  Also, to understand tool failure and to recognise causes and take appropriate action to rectify.


To understand and apply safe and appropriate work holding methods and techniques to satisfy component requirements, including manual and automatic chucks, vices, direct clamping (to machine tables) and special jigs and fixtures.


All of the above to be carried out whilst observing all appropriate H&S regulations.


Having successfully completed this apprenticeship a number of people have gone on to Engineering roles in the company.






To use all available CNC and manual machinery, plus other relevant tools and processes, to produce Prototype components, jigs and tooling, as efficiently as possible to the standard required by Quality Assurance.




  1. To liaise with the Cell Leader or Planner, ensuring all work scheduled through the Cell is completed on time and to the correct standard required, making decisions on materials, tools and best working practices.

  3. Set and operate both manual and CNC machinery within the manufacturing area.

  5. Grinding drills and tools.

  7. Machine tool maintenance and repairs as required.

  9. Assembly and verify Jigs, Fixtures and Tooling, liaising with internal customers when required.

  11. Any other duties as required by the Engineer Manager.



Electronics Technician


A typical electronics apprentice could undertake the following electronics-type job role:


Assemble, test, fault-find and correct electrical, electronic and electro-mechanical products from drawings and standard operations and/or using knowledge and best practice.


To carry out calibrations and adjustments on products to required processes and standards


To fault find and repair customers products following Norbar’s repairs processes.


To use relevant instrumentation such as oscilloscopes, multimeters, data loggers etc. to perform tasks above.


To liaise with internal and external customers and suppliers to provide technical support.


To raise issues and suggestions for improvement with the appropriate person or department. Be involved in implementing improvements.


To inform relevant persons of issues with works order dates and times, proposing resolutions or relevant changes required.


To carry out day to day maintenance of equipment used in special products and other Norbar processes or departments.


To assist design engineers and other relevant staff in the design & development of new and current product.


To participate in cross functional project teams



Employer:      Norbar Torque Tools Limited


Employer Description:


Norbar Torque Tools Limited is the world leading specialist in torque and engage solely in the design, development and production of torque tightening and measuring equipment.


Our customers include manufacturers and engineering services in such diverse sectors as aerospace, energy, oil and gas, mining and subsea.


We operate sales and service branches in North America, Singapore, China, India and Australia.


Norbar is a family run business and is now in its third generation.


We continue to invest in the very latest design, manufacturing and quality control to achieve the highest innovation and precision.


Employer’s Application Instructions:


To apply please visit our website: and complete the online application form in the Apprentice Section on the website.  Your application form will be sent to prospective employers so please complete the form as accurately as you can.  Please do not use text language – correct usage of upper and lower case characters is very important.  This is a formal application not a message to a friend.  Do not use abbreviations and check your spelling.  Complete all relevant boxes on the form or enter not applicable.


Give full course titles where appropriate i.e. NVQ L2 Performing Engineering Operations NOT just NVQ L2.  Please give predicted grades if you are currently undertaking qualifications.


Please avoid any inappropriate content within the email address.  For return communication purposes a valid email address is required.  Please also add onto your safe list within your email account.  Check your email on a regular basis as this will be contact method for us and any prospective employer.  As a precaution, you may also need to check your junk and spam folders.


Training to be Provided:


Year 1

4 days at college studying Advanced Manufacturing (Foundation Competence) basic practical skills training.

1 day a week studying Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).


Year 2

1 day a week studying Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).

4 Days a week in Company following internal training plan.


Subsequent years spent in Company following a Company training plan.


Apprenticeship Framework:


Engineering Manufacture.


Training Provider:


Engineering Trust Training Limited.


Closing Date for Applications: 9 March 2018


Interview Start Date: As soon as possible after the closing date


Possible Start Date: Summer 2018

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