UK 2019 - RDD Apprentice - Product Prototype


£12,500 per annum + bonus + training + pension
Manufacturing and tooling
Malmesbury - United Kingdom
Location details
SN16 0RP


We are looking to develop bright, career motivated people into Advanced Engineering Apprentices through our 4 year, Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship. From day one, you’ll be immersed in hands-on machining and measuring techniques, learning all the skills and knowledge to allow you to become a highly skilled advanced machinist/metrologist, capable of complex, precision work using a wide range of technical equipment. Skills will be developed through a combination of hands-on training, and college based learning. You’ll study for nationally recognised qualifications with the potential to progress onto higher levels to complement the hands on work you will be exposed to in Dyson.

Your first 9 months will be spent at a SEMPTA accredited local training provider, the British Engineering Manufacturers Association (BEMA), where you’ll find yourself experiencing a balance between workshop and classroom based learning, to gain the expert skills and qualifications required to join us at Dyson. After this you’ll join us here at Dyson with a mentor to guide you and provide quality training - you will learn from the best as we want you to be the best. We’ll cover your tuition fees and support you all the way through your learning, so all you’ll need is the ambition, determination and tenacity to excel.

We’ll expect you to get hands-on and solve problems from the off, contributing as well as learning. Once immersed in the Product Prototyping Department you’ll find yourself supporting multiple RDD project teams with their varied requirements. You’ll be given responsibility to take your own initiative and contribute to the overall success of Dyson.  

Years 1 & 2

  • For the first 9 months you will be based in full time at the British Engineering Manufacturers Association (BEMA), a SEMPTA accredited college based in Yate.
  • Following this you will come to Dyson in Malmesbury where you will spend your time in both the Workshop and the Metrology area, supported by a mentor, learning hands-on skills, making and measuring real parts. One day a week you will be day released back to BEMA, where you will spend some time in the classroom continuing to learn the theory to support your activities in the workshop.
  •  Work at Dyson will involve cycling through a number of different workshop areas including general workshop, EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining) and Metrology.
  •  At the end of the two years you will qualify for your NVQ Level 3 and a Technical Certificate EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology.

Years 3 & 4

  • Continue to work at Dyson in the workshop, supported by an in-house mentor, taking on increasing responsibility and complexity of work. Placements in different areas will continue to allow you to gain a wide overview and also as your area of interest becomes apparent to help develop your knowledge further in this area.
  • You will work in other areas of the Prototyping department, such as the CNC 5-axis department, as well as developing specialist knowledge and experience of Sheet Metal Work and Fabrication.
  • College based study will continue 1 day a week to gain a HNC qualification.


  • Guaranteed job at Dyson as a Specialist Workshop Machinist/Metrologist within the Product Prototyping Department.
  • Depending on availability at the time, there may be other roles in the department which have vacancies that need filling, so there may be a chance to specialise in other areas of Product Prototyping as well
  • Where it makes business sense, there may be the opportunity, depending on interest and ability, to continue study towards an HND or degree.


By starting your career in the Product Prototype department, you’ll gain extensive skills in the application and use of a wide range of machine tools and measuring techniques. From conventional and CNC turning and milling, grinding and drilling to measurement and inspection techniques using a variety of metrology equipment, it’s safe to say you’ll be exposed to an incredibly wide variety of work during your apprenticeship. You’ll learn to interpret engineering documentation and operate state of the art machines, producing and measuring parts to a very high standard and level of accuracy. Ultimately, you’ll support the project teams throughout their design process in turning ideas into ground-breaking technology.


We assess each application on its merits. Fundamentally we are looking for people who demonstrate the drive, enthusiasm, self-motivation and teamwork skills to become a machinist/metrologist. You must be conscientious with good attention to detail and a strong draw towards practical, hands-on skills


  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs A*-C, including English, Mathematics and Science, and have finished 2 A Levels or equivalent, ideally in Engineering or a science-related subject, by September 2019
  • Enthusiastic, motivated and proactive attitude
  •  A concrete commitment to a career in engineering. You’re not here on a whim. We’re looking for inventive souls who instinctively solve problems and make things work better
  •  A plan of how you intend to travel to college (BEMA in Yate) and Dyson (Malmesbury)

  • Some previous machining or practical hands-on experience would be beneficial
  • Demonstrable interest in engineering and hands-on work

In addition to the above qualifications, you will be required to complete BEMA’s English, Maths and Dexterity assessments, and a comprehensive interview day at Dyson.


  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Performance related bonus
  • Life assurance
  • Sports centre
  • Free parking
  • Discount on Dyson machines
  • Fully equipped Toolbox and Dyson uniform provided
  • Qualifications – all tuition fees paid

Posted: 08 March 2019

Closing date: 05 April 2019