I'm from North Wales, UK and am quite new to machining, however I do think I've finally found a career I'll look forward to getting out of bed for!
I have some experience milling on benchtop mills and using a lathe. CNC programming is something I feel I will be good at, because of my previous programming experience in VB, C++ and Java. And my mathematical knowledge has helped hugely on even the small parts I have coded for my micro cnc mill
Hopefully someone, somewhere, will have an opening for a mature apprentice in this field.