Mazak Secures Future of CNC Machining with Latest Apprentice Intake


The latest wave of recruitment brings the total to 62 apprentices currently in training with the machine tools manufacturer, with over 200 successfully trained since the scheme began in 2011.

Richard Smith, European Group Managing Director at Yamazaki Mazak, said: “Despite the pandemic, we believe our apprenticeship program is critical for the long-term future of our business and that of the wider manufacturing sector. For this reason, we have maintained our apprenticeship intake this year.”

The newest cohort’s training, split between a college education and hands-on involvement in the workplace, began at Worcestershire Group Training Association’s (WGTA) training centre in early September. Here, the intake learned the basics of CNC machining, and electrical, mechanical and sheet metal manufacturing.

Eventually, the class of 2021 will work alongside Mazak staff in a number of departments at their European Headquarters in Worcester. Most of the apprentices will complete a Level 3 accredited apprenticeship pathway, with an extension to HNC/D level also a possibility.

“Developing a workforce that is able to build, operate and maintain CNC machine tools will be critical to the growth of British manufacturing as a whole.  Many of these students will one day join the workforce of our Worcester site and we are extremely excited to see what they can achieve,” added Mr Smith.

For more information on Mazak’s apprenticeship programme, visit:

Visit Mazak at MACH 2022 in Hall 20, Stand 350.

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