CNC machine operative training with job opportunities

If you’re interested in a job in computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling, a pre-employment training programme is now available, offering the basic skills you need to work as a CNC machine operative trainee. If you successfully complete the training, you will be offered an interview for a permanent job.


A six-week intensive training course for a CNC machine operative trainee is now available under the Bridge to Employment programme.

The training course will introduce you to the basic skills needed to work as a CNC machine operative trainee, including:

  • reading and interpreting engineering drawings
  • using precision measuring instruments
  • identifying different milling and drilling tools and know their applications
  • operation of a CNC machine tool
  • loading and unloading tools and components
  • establishing tool offsets and work shift offsets
  • adjusting the machine to improve component accuracy 
  • one week work experience with Creative Composites

The training programme has been developed by the Department for the Economy and Creative Composites UK Ltd.

The training will take place at Northern Regional College, Ballymena.

When in training you:

  • will retain your benefits
  • may be eligible for child care allowance
  • will be reimbursed weekly travel expenses, limited to the cheapest cost of using public transport

Job information

If you successfully finish the training, you will be interviewed for a permanent job with Creative Composites UK Ltd.


Your duties will include the manufacture of precision components using 5-axis CNC routers and your initiative to make sure your work meets stringent internal and external professional requirements.

Hours of work

The hours of work will be 7.00 am to 3.00 pm, Monday to Friday and other shift patterns when experience and capabilities increase and/or production necessitates.

Wages, holidays and benefits

You will receive £8.02 per hour plus shift rates when working shifts.

You may be entitled to Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit. For more information contact:

Company information

Creative Composites designs, engineers and manufactures high quality, cost efficient composite components.

Who is eligible

Previous experience is not needed but you should meet the following criteria:

Essential criteria

  • be 18 years old or over
  • English, Maths and ICT GCSE or equivalent – C or above
  • be able to understand and take written and verbal instructions including health and safety procedures

The selection process for a training place will include an information day, aptitude test and an interview.

How to apply

To apply online, go to JobCentre online.

Application forms are also available from your local Jobs and Benefits Office.

Completed forms must be returned to any Jobs and Benefits Office before
4.00 pm on 28 March.

You will need to include the reference no 1414686 on your application form.

Important dates

If you wish to take part in the training, the following dates are important:

Date Details
28 March Applications close
8 April Information day
8 and 9 April Interviews
29 April Training starts
11 June Training ends

Further information

For more information on this opportunity or the Bridge to Employment programme, contact the Department for the Economy – Bridge to Employment.

Applications are welcome from those who meet the criteria, irrespective of religious belief, political opinion, age, sexual orientation, disability, race, marital status, gender, whether or not they have dependents and women returning to work.

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