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Williams Racing - Machinist Apprenticeship - R8646

Williams’ core competencies are the design and development of racing cars to compete in the Formula One World Championship. As one of the world's leading Formula One teams, the company has secured 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles since its foundation in 1977 and is now moving into an exciting era under new ownership defined by relentless innovation and living sustainable performance in every dimension.

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Vacancy location WR - Grove, Oxfordshire
Training location OAS - Culham, Abingdon
Working week Full time hours
Expected duration 48 months
Closing date 10 March 2024


We seek a confident, enthusiastic individual with a flexible attitude to work, as well as being a good team player with self-discipline for deadlines. A passion for engineering together with a willingness to learn is essential.

A minimum 5 GCSE’s at grade C (Level 4) or above is required including Maths, English and STEM subjects.

As an apprentice Machinist within Williams Racing, you will be taught traditional trade skills and techniques as well as up to date manufacturing machine processes. You will be exposed to both Production and Prototype Manufacturing environments where you will learn how to manufacture various parts for the full size F1 car,60 % scale model as well as associated jigs and fixtures for our Composite Manufacturing Department. You will gain a knowledge of how to work with a variety of ferrous and nonferrous materials as well as different polymers and composite materials.

Main Duties:

During this 4 – year apprenticeship you will embark on a dedicated engineering path which incorporates attending OAS college in Culham where you will be enrolled onto a 4-year level 3 Eng./tech course. You can find out more information about OAS at:

Year 1 You will attend Williams Racing at certain times throughout the year, including college holiday periods. When not on block release you will attend OAS college.

Year 2 You will enter the Williams Racing Training Programme full time with block release to attend college. You’ll learn a wide range of machining principles and techniques whilst been set projects and phase tests in line with your NVQ requirements which will be assessed at regular intervals.

Year 3 You will be exposed to the manufacturing environment where you will gain hands on experience in the manufacturing F1 car components alongside continuing with your studies.

Year 4 You will work in the prototype machine shop learning offline 5 axis CAM programming whilst manufacturing various components for the business and completing all your studies.

Gain Knowledge in the following:

Manual Milling
Manual Centre Lathe Turning
Surface Grinding
CNC Milling and Turning
CAD Design /Drafting
Offline CAM programming
Interpret Engineering Drawings
Manual inspection
HSE, COSHH and Risk assessments along with other relevant in-house training.

This job description is not exhaustive, and the job holder will be required to carry out from time-to-time tasks in addition to the above that will be both reasonable and within their capabilities.

Closing date is Sunday 10th March 2024.

What can Williams offer?

The Williams Group is based in multi acre complex located in Grove, Oxfordshire. The Williams Group offers a competitive holiday package, staff events/open days, a subsidised restaurant on site and various car schemes. We have an on-site gym (open 24 hours a day) as well as various fitness classes including outdoors bootcamps, pilates and yoga free for all staff and contractors to use. Aside from these benefits we can offer free onsite parking and large open green spaces to unwind during breaks. We are a based just 30 mins from Oxford City Centre by bus.

Williams is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We are happy to discuss reasonable job adjustments.

More about Williams

114 race victories in Formula 1, nine times Formula 1 Constructors’ Champion, seven times Formula 1 World Drivers Champions and the only team to have won in F1, 24h Le Mans and British Touring Cars. A proven track record that sets Williams Racing apart from the competition.

Williams Racing is the only truly independent Formula 1 Team. Since its inception in the 1970’s, Williams’ pioneering spirit has enabled the development of cutting edge technology and sustainable performance.

Our unique character, combined with a deep passion for racing and future-oriented thinking, has created the very essence of our company.

Our mission is to win races and, in doing so, establish an authentic racing and lifestyle brand.

Pure efficiency and the determination to win are key components of our DNA and its overriding purpose. And it’s not only about being victorious on the race track. It is the essential mindset to remain competitive and to achieve success in everything we do.

Williams' people are its most important asset. Our team operates at a high standard to ensure success. Today Williams employs over 750 passionate individuals at a 40ha technology campus based in the heart of the UK’s ‘Motorsport Valley’ in rural Oxfordshire.

Our commitment to support the next generation of innovators and winners, gives us the opportunity to be ready for every challenge we face. Our internal values of Performance, Accountability, Passion, Authenticity, Openness and Teamwork underline everything we do.

Together we are successful. Together we win. We are Williams.