Award-winning Apprenticeships

At Paragon Toolmaking we are immensely proud of our award-winning apprenticeship scheme, through which each of our senior management team has progressed through the business, having spent time in either design roles or on the factory floor.

Working with Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA), we provide four-year apprenticeships, during which time young people learn whilst working under experienced mentors at our factory in Hull four days a week, and one day a week on studies.

Our apprenticeship program teaches the knowledge and skills of engineering, with opportunities to experience most aspects of the business.

This includes CNC machining, Electric Discharge Machining, Grinding, Inspection, Computer Aided Design, Tool Assembly and Tool Tryout, whilst continuing to attend HETA to learn the academic knowledge to back up the practical skills learned in our toolroom.

The Process

Selected candidates firstly go to our training provider, HETA, for 32 weeks of off-site learning the basic skills required for the business.

After this initial period they return to Paragon Toolmaking and start their apprenticeship, learning the basic hand skills before moving on to manual machines. Our apprentices attain an NVQ Level 3 in an engineering discipline, plus a technical engineering qualification during their apprenticeship. The programme is built around a traditional four-year craft apprenticeship that has been the backbone of our apprenticeship program.

Our success stories

All successful apprentices go on to secure a role within the business. Paragon Toolmaking prides itself of offering a clear career path in a highly-skilled sector and currently over 60% of our workforce completed their apprenticeship at the business.

General Manager Kevin Batty was himself an engineering apprentice with HETA over 40 years ago, and our longest-serving staff member Mike Fee now manages the EDM Department, having been with the business for more than 40 years.

Our approach has resulted in a team which now collectively has more than 230 years of toolmaking knowledge and are passionate about passing their expertise and experience on to current and future apprentices.

One of our most recent apprentices, Jay Malone joined the company in 2018 after leaving school at the age of 16. Feeling he was not suited to continuing in academic studies, he was keen to start learning skills and a profession and completed an initial training program at HETA.

Having developed the essential skills of a toolmaker, he was involved in tasks including drilling, tool assembly, turning, CNC machining, grinding and fabrication during his apprenticeship, taking on much of the work previously undertaken by his mentor.

Who makes a good apprentice?

We are looking for bright individuals with a desire to have a challenging, exciting and rewarding career within the toolmaking and precision engineering industry. Candidates require:

  • A passion for engineering
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • To be self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • To be committed and keen to learn
  • To be a team player but also capable of working on your own
  • To be punctual and reliable
  • To achieve 4 GCSE Grades 4-9 including mathematics, English and science

Award Winning

The quality of the apprenticeship program has been recognised with Paragon Toolmaking winning two awards, the “Manufacturing Apprenticeship Scheme Award” category of the Business Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards and the “Training and Development Award” at the Hull Live Business Awards.

Our scheme was also recognised with Jay Malone being shortlisted in the Apprentice of the Year category of the Business Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards.

Apply to become a Paragon Toolmaking Apprentice by calling 01482 497777 or e-mailing

Dont just take our word for it

What our clients are saying

Apprenticeships are essential for us. We rely on the skill and knowledge of a skilled craftsperson and it is essential for us to train for the future workforce. Paragon Toolmaking, and most other businesses, will need the skills, knowledge and the art of toolmaker in the future. It is why we are so committed and passionate about this programme.

Kevin Batty, General Manager of Paragon Toolmaking

HETA is absolutely delighted to be associated with the Paragon Toolmaking apprenticeship programme ensuring that engineers of the future have the very best opportunity to learn while they earn. Paragon has a proud and established history of developing their own workforce through apprenticeships and HETA is delighted to be associated with and integral to that success.

Iain Elliott Chief Executive Officer HETA

Paragon Toolmaking

321 National Avenue
Kingston upon Hull
United Kingdom


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