Apprentice Quality Technician (Machinist) – KTS Wire Industries Ltd (LS27 0BN)

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KTS specialise in the manufacture of cold rolled steel flat and shaped rolled steel wires that can be supplied in a wide range of sizes in either coils or cut lengths. The role will be to work within this busy manufacturing company and includes general lab duties. Day to day activities including testing, sampling, chemical checking, heat treatment


Responsibilities will include:

  • Inspection, test and approval of incoming goods, materials and final products
  • Completing relevant Quality documentation and maintain accurate records
  • Support the development, implementation and maintenance of the Business Management system
  • Support the Quality Manager in their duties by carrying out additional tasks
  • Dealing with any non-conformances and implementing corrective and preventative actions

About the Employer

KTS Wire Ltd take great pride in maintaining the company’s position as a leading manufacturer of plain carbon, alloy and stainless steel, rolled and shaped wires. KTS has practical knowledge and skills developed over more than half a century of manufacture in both consumer and industrial markets. When coupled with individual expertise and technical excellence, this experience ensures that the services and products offered achieve the high standards demanded by today’s market.

Training to be Delivered

Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard.

This apprenticeship will be delivered through a mixture of college and work-based learning. Successful candidates will attend our Printworks Campus one day per week (two days in the first year) to learn the skills/ knowledge required to be successful within this role. They will also receive a visit once a month in their place of work from their assessor, where delivery will take place on a one-to-one basis.

Technical Support Technicians, work as part of a team to provide technical support and expertise for all areas of the Engineering and Manufacturing function including communications software, test, analysis tools, measurement, off line programming, process control, performance and continuous improvement solutions, capacity planning, production scheduling/planning, product technical applications and capability, technical sales and marketing support, product development and innovation, engineering drawing, purchasing and/or supply of goods or services for engineering activities, quality control, inspection and e-commerce technologies as required. The requirements are designed to offer stretch and progression. They will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality, accuracy and timely delivery of the work they undertake. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

Employers must satisfy themselves that apprentices are ready for their end point assessment. Apprentices must demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

  • Achieved a minimum Level 2 English and maths
  • Satisfactory completion of the formal training plan agreed with the apprentice by the employer
  • Sufficient evidence in the form of a portfolio to allow the apprentice to consistently demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours as described in the standard
  • Complete a minimum of 20% of their contracted hours allocated to off the job training

The end-point assessment is synoptic and takes place at the end of the apprentice’s learning and development (final three months). It will consist of a performance assessment in the workplace – logbook / portfolio of evidence. Knowledge/practical assessments and assignments.

These are carried out after the apprentice has met the required criteria to pass the Gateway process. The apprenticeship is graded a pass, distinction or fail based on performance in the end-point assessment.

  • Functional Skills qualifications in maths, and English (if required)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

This standard will meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) by an appropriate Professional Engineering Institution.

Vacancy Details

Vacancy Location


Apprenticeship Level

Level 3

Employer Name

KTS Wire Industries Ltd

Employer Address

Howley Park Road
LS27 0BN

Expected Duration

42 months

Working Week


Weekly Hours


Wage Amount

£192.40 Weekly

What You Need

Desired Qualifications

5 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) including maths and English.

Desired Skills

  • Experiences with Microsoft Office packages

Personal Qualities

  • Attention to detail and well organised
  • Able to work under own initiative
  • Ensure good housekeeping in the work area
  • To comply with company policies and other regulatory requirements

Future Prospects

Upon completion of a successful apprenticeship, employees will have the opportunity to progress within a thriving organisation in a number of quality and technical areas.

Date Posted


Leeds City College