We are a fenland manufacturer of stainless steel, aluminium  and carbon steel equipment for some of the world’s most hazardous  and dangerous environments. We design and manufacture safety critical equipment for energy, medical science and research communities including medical, research, big science, power generation, nuclear, oil & gas, petrochemical, water and a number of other industries as indicated within our website.  Metalcraft have been manufacturing pressure vessels on our UK site for over 100 years and during this time have developed a wealth of knowledge and experience on the manufacturing techniques necessary to effectively and efficiently produce  pressure vessels to the highest standards required by the sectors we serve.
In addition to the pressure vessels we manufacture, we also manufacture vacuum vessels and cryogenic vessels using a number of similar techniques required for pressure vessel manufacture.
The vacuum vessels and cryogenic vessels we produce are generally fabricated and machined to achieve exacting specifications for vacuum leak tightness.


An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications. Our apprenticeship takes 4 years to complete

There are many benefits to our apprenticeship, including:

• Earning a salary

• Focused learning – pushing you outside your comfort zone

• Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace;

• Increased future earning potential

• Paid holiday


This apprenticeship is aimed at people who wish to gain experience and qualifications in engineering  through  practical  and theoretical  skills  and work  based activities.   Our 4 year programme looks like this:

The qualifications you will gain are:
– Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations
– Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering (technical certificate)
– Functional skills/key skills in English and Maths at level 1, if necessary
– Employment Rights and Responsibilities
– Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
All qualifications will be delivered in college on a day-release basis. College tutors/assessors
and internal verifiers will ensure that the portfolio meets the required standard of competence.The technical certificate will also prove competence, knowledge and
understanding at level 2.
Progression Path


We are dedicated to your learning and development…. Our apprentice trainer, Neil Kirby has over 40 years experience, and is also apprentice trained. Neil’s style of teaching combines practical, hands on experience and mentoring support to underpin the skills you will learn.

Neil’s aim is to instill a sense of pride in the apprentices work and achievements and to teach them to gain job satisfaction on a task that has been completed well.

We offer a traditional engineering apprenticeship combined with today’s technology that the industry dictates.


We work with one of the largest training providers in the region, who have exceptional track record in developing the skills and talents of our students. This is achieved through a combination of great teaching by a team of highly-trained, industry-experienced staff and excellent facilities designed to prepare students for employment and further study.At college you’ll be treated like an adult, gain independence, explore and broaden your interests, pursue your goals and meet lifelong friends.



If your application is successful you will be invited to attend an assessment centre here at our Chatteris site. We will set you a number of tasks for you to show us how you work under pressure, as part of a team and on your own.

To qualify for our programme you should have gained or are expected to gain a C or above grade GSCE’s in Maths, English and Science

We will now be taking application for the September 2019 intake . Please complete the application below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Apprenticeship Application Form

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