Investment in the latest machine tool technology runs hand-in-hand with sustained investment in the next generation of engineering skills – the one is of little use without the other.

JJ Churchill is proud to have run an un-interrupted apprenticeship scheme for over 77 years, and although the content of apprenticeships has evolved over this time, apprentice-trained machine operators and engineers remain core to supporting our technical competence.

JJ Churchill's Mechanical Advanced Apprentice Training Plan is a four year apprenticeship with options to progress onto Technical Support NVQ Level 3 and HND or Degree. 

In the first three years, apprentices may be based in the Tool Room, in the Maintenance Department or directly in the machine shop environment, depending on the skill sets the company is looking to develop and the aptitude of an applicant.  Safely acquiring a broad set of new skills is the company’s key objective, and we encourage individual development in all areas of business from engineering, through to production, non-destructive testing and metrology.

Once completing their apprenticeship, many employees have gone on to further academic achievements with HNC, HND and degree-level qualifications and importantly, in terms of career progression, most of our engineering team and senior management have come through the apprenticeship route.

If you think you might be interested in pursuing an apprenticeship with JJ Churchill, please contact our HR Department, at