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Toolmakers work with different metals, alloys and other materials known as castings to make precision tools and components such as jigs, fixtures, dies, gauges and moulds.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

A Modern Apprentice may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £3.70 an hour (April 2018). Some employers may pay their apprentices more.

The salary for qualified toolmakers is normally around £10.00 to £16.00 an hour. Bonuses and extra pay for shift work are common.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are opportunities for toolmakers in a wide range of both heavy and light engineering industries. These include general manufacturing, aerospace, shipbuilding and the defence industries.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
660
1.2 %
RISE
2023
668
  United Kingdom
2018
13171
0.1 %
FALL
2023
13159

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA) is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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