School Leaver Programmes
Going to university and pursuing a degree is not the only option available to bright students. With the significant cost of a degree combined with its potential devaluation, you may want at least to consider your options. There are a number of firms offering very attractive School Leaver Programmes. These are well paid and you may find run parallel to many graduate schemes. They have the attraction of being less competitive at A level entry, therefore gaining you entry into an organisation that you may struggle to secure as a graduate, when the competition is fiercer. You will also be debt free. These schemes are becoming increasingly popular with employers.
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Electronic Warfare: BAE Systems: Project Management
BAE Systems is the world leader in electronic warfare, specilaising in defence, security, cyber intelligence, electronics and system integration. They design, develop, manufacture and integrate defence systems on the air, land or sea from armoured fighting vehicles to combat aircraft and nuclear submarines.
They offer a 5 year Project Control Foundation Scheme, where you will have the opportunity to earn an honours degree in project management, while also undertaking various placements within the business. As a Project Controller you'll be the eyes and ears of a project, ensuring that it stays on track. You'll be fundamental to the successful delivery of the order book and prospects. A key benefit of this role is that you'll get a broader view across the project and can see how the jigsaw fits together. As a Project Controller you'll be the eyes and ears of the project, ensuring that it stays on track. You'll be fundamental to the successful delivery of our order book and prospects. A key benefit of this role is that you'll get a broader view across the project and can see how the jigsaw fits together.
You'll be joining Military Air and Information based at Warton or Samlesbury — the part of BAE Systems that designs, manufactures and supports some of the world's most advanced military aircraft.
What you'll need
To apply for this programme, you'll need academic qualifications of above 240 UCAS points. This could mean 3 grade C passes at A-Level, a Distinction profile in a National Certificate or Merit profile in a National Diploma.
Energy & Utilities: Brilliant Thinking Apprenticeships
Brilliant Thinking is a recruitment campaign that is driven by major employers in the energy and utilities industry. Its managed by the Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills) Group. They represent apprenticeships in gas, power, water, waste and recycling. It is supported by a range of employers such as Alstom, Siemens, Southern Water, Severn Trent, Anglian Water, Eon, National Grid and Northern Gas. Companies will post their Apprenticeship vacancies onto the site.
Engineering - E2V Higher Apprenticeship Scheme
E2V design and maunfacture advanced technological solutions. They have some of the world’s most exciting and varied technology from Thermal Imaging Cameras for the fire and police services, CCD Imaging sensors for space missions and Magnetrons for medical radiotherapy treatment. Customers include NASA, ESA, Elekta and Boeing who they work with to provide specialist technology solutions.
The Higher Apprenticeship Scheme will give you the opportunity to be sponsored through industry-recognised qualifications to degree level. At the same time you will gain real-world experience in an innovative engineering environment and benefit from working alongside engineering professionals from a range of fields.
The e2v Higher Apprenticeship is a four year programme which will support you through your HNC, HND and BEng qualification as well as the NVQ Level 4 and PEO. The scheme will also allow you to undertake placements across a range of business areas before deciding on your preferred area to focus your development in. The aim of the scheme is to develop apprentices into an Engineer role within the business.
Responsibilities within the engineering team include designing high quality solutions, and providing expert advice to the group that will allow the progression and continuation of a product throughout its life cycle. The engineers work alongside technicians and product managers to liaise with suppliers and customers, and ensure that the final solution meets the specification.
What are the entry requirements?
- Achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent), at grade C or above with Maths and English Language at grade B
- Achieved (or be predicted to achieve) a minimum of 3 A-Levels, including Maths and Chemistry / Physics / Engineering at grade B or a BTEC Level 3 in Engineering at Distinction level
- Beyond qualifications you must be passionate about developing a career in engineering.
Engineering Consultancy: Mott MacDonald Apprenticeships
Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering and development consultancy offering advanced apprenticeships.
They offer 3 structured and fully supported development schemes for apprentices:
- Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering for Technicians
- Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Building Services Engineering for Technicians
- BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Surveying)
The apprenticeship is a programme which combines a fully funded college course with work based experience. It is a way for you to earn a salary whilst completing a qualification. The Mott MacDonald apprenticeship programmes are between 2-3 years and are managed on a day release basis. You will attend a local college one day per week and will spend the other four days in the workplace gaining professional experience. One completion of the programme you will apply for professional membership with your chosen institution at either EngTech (1, 2) or Associate level (3).
Engineering Management: DE&S Nuclear Undergraduate Apprenticeships
Defence Equpiment & Support ( DE&S) offer an Engineering Management Nuclear Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme. They are part of the Ministry of Defence. It is a 3-5 year scheme where you earn an engineering degree. This is an exciting, challenging and exceptional opportunity to be involved in the UK Ministry of Defence submarine and strategic weapons programmes.
They will sponsor you through university and pay all your fees, while at the same time you will have an exciting introduction to MOD work. You will be given interesting placments in the UK.
- 5 GCSE at grade C to A*, including english, mathematics and Science (preferably physics); plus
- be studying for, 3 A levels, including mathematics minimum grade B, science (preferably physics) minimum grade B; plus 1 other at minimum grade C (excluding general studies),
Engineering/Construction/Surveying: Mott MacDonald: UK Apprenticeships
Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering and development consultancy, with offices throughout the UK.
They offer 3 structured and fully supported development schemes for apprentices:
- Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering for Technicians
- Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Building Services Engineering for Technicians
- BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Surveying)
The programme combines a fully funded college course with work based experience. You will earn a salary whilst completing a qualification. The Mott MacDonald apprenticeship programmes are between 2-3 years and are managed on a day release basis. You will attend a local college one day per week and will spend the other four days in the workplace gaining professional experience. One completion of the programme you will apply for professional membership with your chosen institution at either EngTech (1, 2) or Associate level (3).
On completion of the apprenticeship you will be able to apply for professional membership with one of the following institutions, having achieved a qualification that is an internationally recognised benchmark of competence.
- The Institution of Civil Engineers (EngTech)
- The Institution of Building Services Engineers (EngTech)
- The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Associate)
Engineering: Aggregate Industries Engineering Apprenticeship
Aggregate Industries offers a modern advance Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme in 2 trades: electrical and mechanical. This will allow you to train either as an electrician or a fitter. You will also attend Stephenson College in Leicestershire for college block release that takes place for 2 weeks every 6 weeks. The scheme lasts from 4-7 years. Following successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, most Apprentices continue on to the Higher National Diploma (HND) and become traniee engineers. To apply you need to submit your CV to Aggregate Industries. You need to be 16 or over to apply and have at least GCSE grade C and above in Maths, English, Science and ICT.
Engineering: Airbus Higher Apprenticeships
Airbus manufacture aircraft. They offer a Higher Supply Chain Logistics Apprenticeship. This is based In Broughton, N Wales. Supply Chain Logistics (SCL) supports the wide range of aircraft produced by Airbus with an integrated supply chain. It manages the supply base of hundreds of external suppliers responsible for parts and materials consumed during the wing manufacture process for all programmes in Broughton and Filton.
The programme last three years and combines college or university studies with practical training. This apprenticeship leads to Essential Skills Level 3, NVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO), BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Supply Chain Management, CIPS Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply Level 5, NVQ Level 3 in Logistics Operations Management and ERR (Employee Rights and Responsibilities), amongst others.
To be considered for the programme you will need:
Two A Levels (or equivalent) at grade B or above in Business Studies or a BTEC National Diploma in Business Studies (Distinction) and a related subject such as Economics.
- Five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above including Maths and English
Recruitment process involves an online application, online tests, phone interview and an assessment centre.
Engineering: Amey Higher Apprenticeships
Amey offer a number of apprenticeships. The Higher apprenticeships are for those students with 3 A Levels (A* to C) or equivalent and offer four different roles: Finance Assistant, Commercial Assistant, Design Technician or Engineering Teachnician. This is a two-year programme which combines work experience and also study in a local college on a day release basis, where you are encouraged to work towards a professional qualification. Amey provide services in over 200 locations around the UK. The starting salary is £16,000-£18,000 per annum. They accept applications from March to September.
The Advanced Apprenticeship programme is open to those students with 4 GCSEs and combines work and study.
Engineering: Arla Apprenticeships
Arla is a company owned by diary farmers who produce most of our milk. They are also the largest supplier of butter, spreads and cheese in the UK. Making 4,000 deliveries to stores and regional distribution centres each day, Arla has the UK dairy industry’s largest milk pool, comprising 3,200 farmers, spread geographically throughout the country.
Eden is an award winning programme, developed by the UK dairy industry, to produce the next generation of world-class talent. Their Engineering Apprenticeship is a ground breaking programme driven by the whole dairy industry to provide an Advanced Apprenticeship for Engineering Technicians with the aim of producing world-class engineers for tomorrow’s dairy industry.
The overall Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship programme will be delivered by Midland Group Training Services Limited (MGTS). Appointed by Dairy UK as the curriculum lead for Engineering, MGTS specialises in maintenance skills development and delivering Advanced Apprenticeships in Engineering.
Over the course of four years, you’ll earn while you learn and come away at the end with a world class qualification and with skills that are in short supply. Plus, you’ll be able to qualify for membership of the Institute of Technician Engineers.
An Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance is a Level 3 qualification, so you’ll need to demonstrate a good general level of education with English Language, Mathematics and Science levels equivalent to GCSE grades A to C, along with an A level in either Maths or Science.
As this is an apprenticeship applicants must be aged 18 to 24 years old.
You will attend a centre for learning for 24 weeks in year 1 supplemented by additional periods of training for 12, 6 and 5 weeks. The programme is structured around the delivery of technical modules. These modules will be delivered during four phases of residential learning. When you are not attending residential learning, you will be following a structured work-based programme at one of Arlas sites. If you succeed in joining the programme, you’re guaranteed a job with Arla Foods.
Engineering: AstraZeneca North West Apprenticeship Programme
AstraZeneca (MedImmune) MedImmune is AstraZeneca’s worldwide biologics research and development arm. They are one of very few innovation-driven biopharmaceutical companies to span discovery, development, manufacturing, distribution and worldwide commercialisation.They develop ideas into life-changing medicines. They discover, develop, manufacture and market small molecules and biologics focused on three key areas – oncology; cardiovascular and metabolic diseases; and respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity.
They offer an opportunity to learn and work in a multi-national company alongside industry experts. Many of their apprentices go on to enjoy full- term positions both in their apprenticeship department and other areas of the business. As well as gaining valuable work experience, you will have the opportunity to study towards a professional qualification, depending on your chosen department.
About the programme
The North West apprenticeship programme starts annually in September and includes positions in the following areas at their Macclesfield and Speke sites:
- Manufacturing - This 2 year apprenticeship offers plant-based learning with practical, on-the-job training. You will rotate between plants and different products, working alongside industry professionals to gain a broad experience of each department
- Quality Assurance/Control - This 3 year apprenticeship is laboratory-based with a very practical emphasis on drug testing and sampling. Your role will be to ensure the drugs manufactured at the site are safe for consumption and comply with industry standards
- Engineering - During this 4 year course, the first year will be based at a local college to give you the core knowledge of engineering; following college your final two years will be based at the site, working alongside a mentor to ensure plant functionality
- Pharmaceutical Development - This 3 year apprenticeship will see you working alongside leading industry experts in laboratory surroundings to formulate and create life-saving medicines to be distributed around the world
- Sourcing and Supply - Located in the logistics team, you will be working on a 2 year apprenticeship to ensure medicines reach their final destinations both in the UK and abroad, so patients receive the products they need
- Project management - During this 3 year apprenticeship you will work directly with the project management team to help implement change, create new strategies and introduce innovative systems to all areas of UK operations.
- Enthusiastic individuals with a passion to learn
- Two A-levels at grade C or equivalent
- High aspirations and a desire to become part of a world-leading bio-pharmaceutical company
Engineering: Atkins Apprenticeships
Atkins are a global company of designers, project managers and engineers involved in some of the UKs most transformational projects. They provide an engineering progarmme which will give you the foundations you need to progress through the engineering profession and allow you to earn money while you learn.
They provide three levels of apprenticeship at Atkins in the UK:
- Advanced Apprenticeships - Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A-levels)
- Higher Apprenticeships - Level 4 and above (equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree)
- Degree Apprenticeship - Level 6 (equivalent to a bachelor degree)
Opportunities exist in offices across the UK.
AgustaWestland is a world leader in helicopter manufacture, based in Yeovil, Somerset. Each year, they seek to attract a high calibre of enthusiastic people to join their Engineering apprenticeships. Each Apprenticeship starts with a Year at college, this is fully paid and you would be entitled to all College holidays. They offer two types of apprenticeship: Craft and Technical. Both are 4 years in length. If you are interested in designing and testing aircraft components and systems, and/or planning and scheduling engineering operations, then you would be more suited to the Technical programme. If you are quite ‘hands-on’ and enjoy making and repairing things, then you may be more interested in the Craft programmes.
There are 6 programmes in total:
Technical: Electrical and mechanical
Craft: mechanical, electrical, composite and transmissions
You only need GCSEs to apply. A Levels are also welcome.
In order to apply, you need to submit an online application form on their website. Apply early. You will then be required to attend an assessment centre.
Engineering: Babcock Apprenticeships
Babcock is the UK’s leading engineering support services organisation. Operating in the UK and overseas, they deliver complex and critical support to the defence, energy, emergency services, transport and education sectors. They offer a range of higher level apprenticeships, spanning engineering, IT and business.
Their apprenticeships offer real responsibility across a variety of real-life projects – to develop core engineering skills and knowledge in design and marine systems. Over four years, the areas of training include mechanical and electrical marine engineering design, naval architecture, ship, submarine and weapons system testing, fault finding and commissioning. in addition you will study for a Level 4 NVQ and a Foundation Degree. Locations are throughout the UK, and you work work in one of their 3 divisions: Marine & Technology, Defence & security or Cavendish Nuclear.
Engineering: BAE Higher Apprenticeships
BAE Systems offer a range of apprenticeships across a number of their divisions. They recruit over 400 apprenticeships each year. Their business areas include Land, Electronic Systems, Maritime Naval Ships, Military Air & Information, Maritime Submarines & Maritime Services. They offer the following apprenticship opportunities:
- Aerospace Engineering - degree apprenticeship
- Aerospace Software Development - degree apprenticeship
- Combat Systems Engineering
- Cost Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Information Management and Technology
- Production Engineering
- Project Management
- Shock & Dynamics
- Supply Chain
- Systems Engineering
They have a number of locations around the UK including: Yeovil, Barrow, Preston, Humberside, Brough, Frimley, Portsmouth, Telford, Rochester, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Glasgow.
Some of the apprenticeship offer the opportunity to study for a degree. All require 3 A Levels at grades A* - C. Your tuition will be fully funded by BAE.
Engineering: BAE Systems Apprenticeships
BAE Systems offer a number of Apprenticeships. These include Aerospace engineering, Aerospact software dvelopment and combat systems engineering.
The scheme provides a combination of tailored industrial placements within the MA&I businesses, with the opportunity to study for a Foundation Degree on a part time basis at Blackpool and the Fylde College, and the potential to continue onto an Honours Degree programme, dependant on individual performance and business needs. Upon completion of your apprenticeship you can expect to be employed in roles such as Systems Integration Engineer, Support Engineer and Airframe Specialist. You will be joining a team of highly skilled and dedicated employees based primarily at the Warton or Samlesbury sites in Lancashire.
To apply for this programme, you'll need academic qualifications of 240 UCAS points or above. This is to be achieved at A2 level – points awarded for AS level qualifications are not counted.
The scheme provides a combination of tailored industrial placements within the MA&I business, with the opportunity to study for a Foundation Degree on a part time basis at a local HE establishment, and the potential to continue on an Honours Degree programme, dependent on individual performance and business needs. Upon completion of your apprenticeship, typical roles include the design, development and production of both airborne and ground based software including (but not limited to that required) for test equipment, training systems and simulators, structural health monitoring, spares and logistical support systems, communications command and control systems etc .
To apply for this programme, you'll need academic qualifications of 240 UCAS points or above. This is to be achieved at A2 level – points awarded for AS level qualifications are not counted. Opportunities exist opportunities at Preston, Brough and Yeovil locations.
As a Combat Systems Engineering Apprentice you’ll spend four years gaining experience through a variety of specifically targeted placements across the Combat Systems organisation.
The Combat Systems Engineering Apprenticeship is a Higher Apprenticeship comprising off-the-job training at a local college and on-the-job training across a variety of Naval Ships – Combat Systems Engineering disciplines including:
- Combat Systems Integration
- Software Design
- Product Safety
- Combat Systems Engineering
- Platform & Software Security
You will be joining a team of highly skilled and dedicated employees based primarily at New Malden or Frimley.
You will need:
- A-Level Mathematics plus 2 other A-Levels in Science or Technology Subjects (Grade A-C), e.g. Physics, Electronics, Design, Chemistry, Biology, Information Technology, Computing etc
- OR an Extended BTEC National (DMM profile in an Engineering or Computing discipline), this must include the Level 3 Mathematics for IT module, at a minimum Merit level.
Engineering: Bentley Apprenticeships
Bentley offer a number of apprenticeships - higher and advanced. The higher apprenticeships include:
- Junior Engineer – Typically in Engineering and requires A Levels in Maths, Science and an Engineering related subject at Grade C or above, or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at a minimum of Merit.
- Commercial Higher – Typically in business commercial functions and require 3 A Levels (or equivalent) at Grade C or above including a business related subject or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business.
The Junior Engineer role involves studying for a foundation or full degree. The roles are based in Crewe. Each programme lasts 3-4 years.
Engineering: Centrica Advanced Apprenticeship Programme
Centrica offer a 4 year Power Generation Programme. There are 3 disciplines to choose from: Mecahical, Electrical and Control & Instrumentation.
Mechanical is involved in the maintenance of mechanical equipment and components on the site, such as the turbines, compressors, pumps and valves. You will learn to maintain the plant and ensure production operations.
Electrical is involved in maintaining the electrical systems within the plant. You will learn the complex electrical systems which ensure the site can run safely and monitor power production.
Control and Instrumentation is involved in the control and instrumentations system operating the site. You learn how instrumentation and controls systems work to enable the safe running of the plant utilising DCS and ESD Systems.
During the first year, you will be at college, and will complete NVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations, which provides a broad base of basic skills and knowledge. You will also undertake VRQ Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Engineering and Technology. Training will be undertaken at one of Centrica's off-site training providers but you will spend a few days each month on site giving you an opportunity to familiarise yourselves with the workplace and colleagues as well as gaining some on the job experience.
In years 2, 3 and 4, you will spend three years on site at one of the Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power stations or terminals and will complete the on-job training programme including NVQ Level 3 and HNC in your chosen discipline.
Centrica operate from a number of different locations, across the UK.
Engineering: Electricity North West Trainee Engineer Programme
Electricity North West delivers energy to 5million people and 2.4million properties. They offer a 27 month trainee engineer development progarmme. It comprises structured development from day one, through a range of formal training, academic study and hands on experience. You will be trained to be a qualified engineer and also understand how the business works. You will have a professional mentor and a dedicated training officer. You will be sponsored to acheive an HNC in electrical engineering.
To qualify for the programme you need:
- 2 A levels grades A* - C one of which must be in maths or physics. or
- BTEC national certificate 3 or ONC in electrical & electronic engineering (or merit or distinction)
The engineering roles cover teams working in connections, design, construction, major projects, maintenace and repair. You will have the opportunity of working across a arnge of business areas. After you have completed the training programme, you will be appointed to an engineering role. They have offices across the North West in Carlisle, Workington, Kendal, Preston, Blackburn, and greater Manchester.
You will be paid £18,000 rising to £26,000 on successful completion of the programme.
The recruitment process entails an anline application, a telephone interview, an on line ability test and then a assessment centre.
Engineering: FMC Technologies Engineer of the Future
FMC Technologies is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. It offers the Enginners of the Future programme which will take you through to a Masters level degree in Mechanical Engineering over a five year period, whilst being sponsored by FMC Technologies.
During this time you will also enroll on the companies accredited Monitored Professional Development Scheme in line with the Graduate Engineer program. You will be offered opportunities across many of the different engineering functions within Dunfermline, including Engineering Execution and Production.
FMC will fund college and university study and you will earn while you learn.
FMC also offer apprenticeships.
Engineering: Ford Higher Apprenticeship
Ford offer the Higher Apprenticeship Progarmme is aimed at students with A Levels. The Programme is available in Engineering. A minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at Grade B or above is required and these to include Maths English and Double Science and you have or are predicted to gain 3 A Levels or equivalent at grades B or above to include Maths, Physics and one other Science/Engineering related subject.
You will work in South East Essex and training placments will be in theb following areas:
- Engine management & control system design
- Powertrain & vehicle test
- Powertrain project management
At the same time as learning a range of new skills in Engineering, you will be studying for a range of qualifications that will lead to the completion of a Bachelor of Engineering degree at the Univeristy of Greenwich. You won’t be paying your own tuition fees, and you will be earning a salary at the same time as earning your degree.
Engineering: GKN Higher Apprenticeships
GKN is a global engineering groupoffering a Higher Apprenticeship which will prepare you for a career within their engineering and design teams over a four year programme. The minimum entry requirements are two A-levels at grade A*-C. These must include mathematics and science (physics or chemistry). Your first year will be spent at college, learning the basics of engineering and manufacturing and working towards a suitable engineering qualification. The next three years will be spent working with the engineering and design teams across the business to learn all the different aspects of engineering, design and manufacturing. You will continue to attend college on a day-release basis to gain your qualifications.
There are 3 core areas to the programmes:
- Design Engineering: Design engineers use their skills from the early phases of concept development right through to the design work required to support in-service product repairs and upgrades. You will work closely with our customers to provide innovative structural design solutions to a variety of wing related components, sub-assemblies and complex integrated assemblies.
- Analysis: Working closely with all the engineering functions, the structures analysis team apply the engineering sciences of solid mechanics and materials to ensure the performance of the products in terms of strength, durability and weight.
- Mechanical Engineering: Manufacturing Engineers operate across the whole business, from product conceptualisation through design, procurement, manufacturing and end product support.
Applications are normally required by March.
Engineering: GSK Engineering Apprenticeship
GSK offers a multi-skilled engineering apprenticeship programme which is designed to create the engineers of the future. As an engineering apprentice, you will have the opportunity to develop mechanical, electrical & instrumentation or control & automation skills. The programme lasts up to four years and is offered at their manufacturing sites. In the first year, you’ll spend most of your time at college, studying theory elements of the apprenticeship and gaining some practical workshop experience. In subsequent years, you’ll continue one day a week at college while learning new skills in engineering teams across the site. Your rotations may include time in manufacturing, packaging, utilities and/or automation – depending on where you are based.
Your apprenticeship will combine on-the-job learning with a programme of training and development. Your role may involve:
- Develop mechanical, electrical and instrumentation skills
- Learn how to maintain production equipment
- Carry out routine maintenance
- Diagnose and resolve breakdowns
- Help design, install and test new equipment
This engineering apprenticeship offers you the chance to study towards nationally recognised qualifications while gaining valuable, paid work experience. All engineering apprentices start on an advanced apprenticeship studying towards a level 3 NVQ, and work towards a higher apprenticeship in engineering - and if you show the qualitiesthey are looking for you may be offered the opportunity to go on to study for an HND or degree in engineering.
The programme runs for four years and we have opportunities at the following manufacturing sites: Barnard Castle, Maidenhead, Ulverston, Ware, Slough and Worthing, Montrose & Irvine
To apply you require a minimum of five GCSEs A*-C (or equivalent) including Maths, English Language (not Literature) and a Science.
Engineering: Jaguar Land Rover Higher Apprenticeship Pathway
Jaguar Land Rover design and produce high-end quality cars. Their Higher Apprenticeship Pathway is a six-year programme, with opportunities within Product Development, Product Supervision, Purchasing, Finance or Manufacturing.
Over the course of this six-year programme you'll earn:
- A fully sponsored Engineering Degree
- NVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations
- NVQ3 in Business Improvement Techniques
- NVQ4 in Engineering Leadership
You'll start off at college learning the engineering basics. Then gain real hands-on experience in one of the expert teams. You'll still continue your studies at college on a day-release basis.
To be considered for this programme you must achieve:
- A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) including Maths, English and a core Science subject
- An A-level at Grade C or above in a Mathematical subject or Physics
- Another A-Level at Grade C or above in a Science or Technology, Engineering or Mathematics related subject
They will also consider your application if you have Level 4 (or above) further educational Engineering qualifications.
The recruitment process consists of an online application, followed by online psychometric tests and then if successful an assessment centre. This will include an interview, some practical tasks and a group exercise.Practice tailored psychometric tests similar to the ones used by Jaguar Land RoverHERE.
Engineering: Lockheed Martin Technical Apprenticeships
Lockheed Martin is a leader in systems integration, working on major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors. They offer apprenticeships in Mechanical Design Engineering and Electrical/Electronic Design Engineering. They are located in Ampthill, Bedford. They are both 4 year programmes.
The apprenticeships will entail continued study at college, which will lead to the completion of the following qualifications:
- Level 3 Engineering Diploma –(via full time 1 year college attendance)
- HNC completed at end of third year (via day release)
- HND completed at end of fourth year (via day release)
- A-Levels in relevant subject area (e.g. Mathematics, Science, Technology)
- Engineering Level 2 NVQ (or BTEC equivalent).
- IT proficient (ideally Microsoft Office)
- A strong communicator, both written and verbal.
- Engineering experience through education, especially practical (workshop) experience.
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) experience through education.
- Production of engineering drawings, especially in line with British Standard (BS) 8888
- Mechanical or Electrical Engineering experience through education, especially with regard to British and International Standards.
- Presentation skills gained through the opportunity to present work completed
Engineering: MBDA Higher Engineering Apprenticeship
MBDA was created in December 2001 after the merger of the main missile producers in France, Italy and the UK, with each of these countries contributing the experience gained from fifty years of success. They offer a four-year programme for its engineering apprenticeships.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to join an accredited electronics or mechanical engineering scheme that has developed some of the leading engineering apprentices in the UK. You’ll study towards a HND at either Wigan & Leigh College (Lostock Site) or Oaklands College (Stevenage Site). This unique way of studying allows you to earn an academic and nationally recognised qualification as well as hands on learning experience within a professional and friendly workplace. This programme also allows you to study towards a NVQ Level 3 and 4 in Engineering.
You are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs including Maths, English and Science at grade B or above, and a design and technology GCSE or at A-Level, 240 UCAS points.
FOUR YEAR PROGRAMME INCLUDES:
- Electronic Engineering
- Customer Support
- Mechanical Engineering
- Test Engineering
Engineering: National Grid Engineer Trainee Programme
National Grid owns and manages the grids to which many different energy sources are connected. Their job is to connect people to the energy they use. In Britain they run systems that deliver gas and electricity across the entire country. In the North Eastern states of the US, they provide power directly to millions of customers. They effectively join everything up.
The Engineer Training Programme is a 2-3 year development programme. It is a blend of formal study at University and further training at their Nottinghamshire centre combined with practical application and experience at a local site or office facility. There are a wide range of training programmes which include:
- Substations - electrical engineer
- Power System Design, Planning, Operations or Safety & response
- First Line Manager
- Network Strategy - integrity & engineering, Distribution network control centre or planning
- Gas Operation - gas network engineering mechanicla or elctrical, gas network control centre ior Gas pipelines, compressors and terminals.
You will finish with a fully-funded foundation degree in either Electrical Power Engineering or Gas Transmission Engineering. There is a starting salary of £23,500 p.a. rising to £30,150 on completion as well as a new car.
To join the programme they require 2 A Levels at grades A* - C and 1 must be Maths, Physics or Engineering. Alternatively you can have BTEC certificate or BTEC Diploma Level 3 or HNC/HND in engineering.
The recruitment process includes an application form, a situational judgement test, telephone motivation discussion, and an assessment centre, comprising competency interview, a group exercise, and individual planning exercise and a colour blindness test.
Engineering: QinetiQ Apprenticeships
QinetiQ are experts in defence, aerospace and security. They employ more than 9,000 people worldwide, and their scientists and engineers solve some of the world’s most important problems. There home markets are Uk, US and Australia.
QinetiQ offers a number of apprenticeship opportunities which encompass both Science and Technology and business disciplines, with vacancies including Aeronautical Avionics Maintenance Engineering, Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering, Business administration, Project Management, Facilities Management, and many more. Many of the apprentices go on to become senior technical experts; leading or advising on ground-breaking projects in air, land and maritime. With over 35 locations across the UK, the opportunities are numerous.
The training is at Boscombe Down. For the engineering apprenticeships, they often require maths, physics and chemistry at A Level.
Engineering: Renishaw Apprenticeships
Renishaw is a global company with core skills in measurement, motion control, spectroscopy and precision machining. They develop innovative products that significantly advance customers' operational performance - from improving manufacturing efficiencies and raising product quality, to maximising research capabilities and improving the efficacy of medical procedures.
They offer both software and engineering apprenticeships, which are generally 4 years in length. You will generally be part of a number of placements. The apprenticeship allows you to continue learning and acquiring qualifications. By the end of your apprenticeship for example, you will have gained a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and can then continue on to a Higher National Diploma (HND). From this you can bridge across to do a BEng degree, if desired.
Engineering: Rolls Royce A Level Entry Programmes
Rolls Royce are one of the leading providers of high performance power systems. Their products are used on land, sea and in the air across the civil aeropace, defence aerospace, marine, energy and nuclear industries. They offer 3 programmes:
- Manufacturing Development Programme
- Higher Apprenticeships
- Accounting Technician
The Manufacturing Management sponsored degree programme.. As part of this programme, you'll earn a Masters Degree in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick, paid for by Rolls Royce. It'll involve residential modules and written and work-based assignments, and you'll study part time, alongside your work, completing your Masters in around four-five years. You'll also do placements in different areas of the company, typically lasting six months each. These will equip you with vital skills in forecasting, production planning, supply chain design and management - as well as the management and development of manufacturing, assembly and repair processes and resources.
You require 3 A-Levels - Grade A* to B in Maths, Physics or another science/numerate subject - plus A* to B in any two other (achieved or expected)
The Higher Apprenticeships includes both on the job and off job training within Engineering, manufacturing engineering, Project Management or Supply Chain Planning & Control. You will achieve at least one foundation degree with opportunities to progress to degree level. To be eligible to apply for engineering, you require 3 A Levels at Grades A* to C in Maths, Physics/Chemistry plus 1 other plus GCSEs grade C or above in Maths, English, Science and at least one other subject. The same qualifications are required for Project Managment and Supply Chain Planning, although they do not stipulate the subjects required at A level - just 3 of them. Opportunities exist in several locations across the UK.
The Management Accounting Training Scheme - CIMA Professional Over the course of four years, you'll complete placements in their European Finance Services Centre and Tax teams in Derby. In your first two years, you’ll also study for your Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) qualification on a day-release basis. Following this, you’ll begin studying for your Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification. During the programme, you'll experience three six-month placements. Each will give you an insight into a different business area, so you'll build a broad understanding of the company as a whole.
To apply you require 3 x Grade A* or B to include one numerate subject -Maths, Accounting, Finance or Economics.
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Engineering: Tarmac Higher Apprenticeships
Tarmac is the UK’s leading construction solutions company, providing a diverse range of products and services to the construction sector. They have delivered to some of the UK’s biggest construction projects including Wembley Stadium, Birmingham New Street Station and the London Olympics.
They offer a ramge of Higher Apprentieships in operations and engineering. . During the scheme you will attend college or University on a day or block release basis. You will work on site, under the guidance of a more senior colleague. The scheme is 5 years in length. You will gain:
- University of Derby Higher National Diploma (HND) following 3 years employment
- Qualification to Honours Degree after 5 years
Engineering: Tata Steel Trainee Engineer
Tata Steel, are one of the largest steel producers in the world. They offer a number of Apprenticeships. In addition, they offer trainee engineer roles in Scunthorpe for A Level students. You will have achieved, or be expecting to achieve, a minimum of 3 A levels at Grade C or above in maths, science, plus one other related subject and supported by at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including maths, science and English.
You will undertake a 5 year training programme. The first 3 years you will train to be a qualified craftsperson to NVQ level 3 in your chosen discipline (Mechanical or Electrical). The final two years will be on a dedicated programme within the engineering environment whilst completing your BEng level degree in your chosen discipline. Your initial training will be based in the Tata Apprentice Training Centre, Scunthorpe. Your Higher Education (HNC/HND) will commence on joining, with most of the course delivered locally on a day release basis. During years 2 and 3, alongside completing your NVQ level 3, you will complete a number of placements in different departments. During this time you’ll learn all about engineering in your chosen discipline.
As a Mechanical Engineer, you will design, build, install and maintain mechanical machinery, components and tools. As an Electrical Engineer, you will study the uses of electricity and the equipment for power generation and distribution, and the control of machines and communication systems. Whichever discipline you decide on, the programme will last for 5 years, culminating in both an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate at level 3 and a B.Eng in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.
Engineering: Thales Apprenticeships
Thales offer a number of engineering apprenticeships. Roles are in engineering, manufacturing and business. They are a global company with 1000's of engineers and technicians in the UK. They offer paid work and study in order for you to gain a college accreditation. 5 GCSES or A level required.
Engineering: UK Power Networks Engineering Development Programmes
UK Power Networks own and maintain electricity cables and lines across London, the South East and East of England making sure your lights stay on. They maintain and upgrade power equipment and move and connect new electricity cables.
The Engineering Development Programme (EDP) is a structured training programme designed to give you the skills and experience required to become a qualified field engineer. A field engineer is someone who is competent and qualified to supervise on-site electrical work on the distribution network – and that’s what you’ll be working towards on this programme. After successfully completing your EDP, you’ll have the opportunity to put your new skills to use liaising with customers, Networks Operations and Control, and Network Planning. It’s a role that comes with plenty of responsibility, as you’ll also be supervising field staff and contractors too.
Who is it for?
The ultimate aim of the Engineering Development Programme is to take hardworking, enthusiastic business-focussed individuals and, through a bespoke training programme, enable them to become professional power distribution engineers working on their public and private networks.
As such, you’ll need to have completed an ONC or HNC, and have some previous work experience, preferably in a relevant sector.
The strudture of the programme
The programme will provide you with a highly-structured set of learning experiences throughout all parts of UK Power Networks. Your training will be delivered through a combination of hands-on and off-the-job sessions.
- On-the-job learning will be delivered through a placement. During this placement, you will be expected to develop an all-round understanding of engineering and business practices, as well as build some key business skills and competencies. The placement is also there to give you the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience.
- Off-the-job learning will be delivered via the following channels:
- Studying for a Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering, to include power distribution elements
- The completion of a work-based project
- Off-the-job training at selected development workshops and courses
On average, the EDP takes two-and-a-half years to complete.
Engineering: Virgin Media Apprenticeships
Virgin Media offer a number of engineering apprenticeships. Every year, they recruit up to 150 people to join Field Operations teams throughout the UK. There are a number of diferent apprenticeships - the advanced and higher scheme ones require 3 A levels. Apprenticeships are in planning, data and netwprks.
Apprenticeships are either 18 month or 2 years in length. Starting salary is £17,500 rising to £21,000.
There is also an opportunity to gain further accreditation in Cisco and other advanced technologies.
Logistics: Royal Mail Higher Apprenticeship
Royal Mail offer a 2 year Logistics Management apprenticeship. This scheme offers the opportunity to set yourself up for a successful career in Logistics which is a growing and exciting sector to be in right now. You will be able to combine earning and learning so developing on the job to become an excellent operations manager and the opportunity to study for a Logistics Foundation Degree will provide the theory and a professional qualification. You’ll complete up to three placements, involving management roles in Distribution, Processing and Air, to learn about everything there is to know, from managing people and performance to developing a collaborative and performance culture. They will give you management responsibility from the day you start, giving you time to learn the ropes before heading up a team of 25 to 40 people. They will also provide leadership development and raise your strategic awareness. By the time you complete the scheme, you will be assessed to evaluate whether you are ready to manage one of our shifts or sites and in the future, lead an area, or plant within the business.
To qualify you need to have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above (including Maths, English and Science), plus two A levels at Grade C or above.
Salary range starts at £20,000 with the ability to increase after a year.
Project Management: Atos Higher Level Apprenticeship
Atos serves a global client base, and provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions. They offer a higher level apprenticeship in Project Management. 2 A levels are required and a strong inteest in IT.
During this 18-24 months programme, you'll gain exposure to and support the management of key projects, from start to finish. You’ll also enjoy the guidance and training you need to quickly develop into a confident and capable professional – ready to plan, analyse and execute successfully.
They teach and assess these skills to an industry standard, while ensuring you're able to apply them on the job:
- business case
- Project Scope
- Planning & Analysis
- Finance, risk and resource management
- stakeholder communications
The scheme offers a blend of learning and putting your skills to the test -– so you’ll spend time both training, and on the job, cementing your new skills to memory.
Project Management: Royal Mail Higher Apprenticeships
Royal Mail offers a 2 year Higher Project Managment Apprenticeship based in London. You’ll complete a series of placements and get an insight into how different parts of the business operate, the relationships between them, what the Royal Mail do well and where improvements could be made. Working alongside experienced project managers, you’ll learn how to figure out what a given project would involve, in terms of time, money and expertise. If it makes sense from a financial and business point of view, you’ll go on to create a project plan, pulling together the right team and resources to make it all happen.
With time dedicated to class-based study with a specialist training partner, you’ll work towards an NVQ Level 4 in Project Management. And at the end of the programme, you’ll also be a member of the Association of Project Managers. Salarys are in the region of £21,000.
To qualify for the role, you need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above (including Maths, English and Science), plus two A levels (or equivalent).
Research & development: Unilever Apprenticeships
Unilever offer a number of higher apprenticeships. Roles are offered in Business & Technology, R&D and Supply Chain & Engineering. If you look in your fridge, or on the bathroom shelf, you’re bound to see one of Unilever's well-known brands. They create, market and distribute the products that people choose to feed their families and keep themselves and their homes clean and fresh. Brands such as Ben & Jerrys, Persil, Cif and Dove belong to Unilever.
There are three R&D Higher Apprenticeships. The chemistry apprenticeship is 4 years in length based in the Wirral. You will study for a BSc or BEng. It involvesa combination of workplace learning and higher education. You will actively contribute to the creation and innovation of Unilever products.
Typically three grade ‘B’ passes at ‘A’-level in relevant subjects although offers are made on the basis of interview performance
- Level 4 certificate (HNC) in Chemistry
- SIP accredited Smart Higher Apprenticeship certificate
- BSc(Honours) in Chemistry (University of Liverpool)
Unilever R&D Port Sunlight, Wirral for work placements
Wirral Metropolitan College (Birkenhead) for 1st year academic studies (HNC) or 1st & 2nd year academic studies (HND)
Liverpool University for 2nd-4th year academic studies
Unilver also offer 2 further apprenticeships, namely packaging technology and Refreshment R&D.
The Refreshment R&D is based at Colworth (Bedfordshire) and you build and contribute to a number of brands including Lipton, PG Tips, Flora, Magnum, Cornetto and Dove. There are two apprenticeships available. The first provides the opportunity to gain a BSc in Foods Science, Chemistry or Chemical Science. The second provides the opportunity to gain a BSc in Mathematics. Both schemes are designed to last five years dependent on the length of the programme of study. You are given one day per week during term-time to study; this can with be used for a ‘day release’ method of study or as dedicated study for a distance learning programme.
You need to have Sciences A-levels or equivalent at B grade or above (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and/or Maths).
The Packaging Technology Apprenticeship is based in The Wirral and you need two A-level passes minimum grade C (or equivalent qualifications/or be awaiting results) in Mathematics and one other subject (Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Further Maths, Electronics or Engineering).
- The primary focus will be the development of personal and R&D skills and competencies
- Years 1-5 of the programme requires part time (1 day per week term time and some evenings) attendance at John Moores University to complete a MSc /B-Eng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering
- In addition, during Years 1 & 2, successful candidates will complete a diploma in packaging through the Institute of Packaging (IoP). Study for this will require approximately an additional 1 day per week.
- The overall objective of the programme is to deliver a range of skills and competencies to meet the technical requirements of the business.
Road Space Design: Transport for London School Leaver Programme
Transport for London are responsible for a massive and diverse transport network including tubes, buses, cabs, riverboats, cable cars, coaches, trains, trams and push bikes. They offer a 4 year programme in road space design and management. It provides practical experience of designing, delivering and analysing schemes for London’s roads
You can expect to get involved in delivering world-class engineering solutions, using pioneering modelling software.
• Working on innovative traffic schemes to improve pedestrian access
• Helping to design highway schemes, with specialist engineering insight
• Making new advances at the forefront of cycle safety
• Using world leading systems for traffic control and signalling
• Modelling traffic using complex software, to predict what we need to do next
• Working at the heart of real-time signal control, providing traffic engineering support in the London Streets Traffic Control Centre
• Analysing and interpreting road network performance
• Designing and developing products to transform data into intelligence and business reports
Where does it lead?
Depending on what interests you and how you progress, the Programme could open doors to a range of different career paths. This could include Traffic Control Engineer, Traffic Analyst, GIS Officer, Business Intelligence Analyst, Design engineer.
• 3 A Levels at grade C or above, or an equivalent Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma
• The above qualifications should be in technical or numerate subjects or social sciences
• GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics, both at grade B or above
Shipping: MAERSK Officer Education Programme
Maersk. Maersk Group consists of a collection of companies operating within two main industries of shipping and energy. They offer an Officer Education Programme which will give you an all-round foundation in seafaring– preparing you for life above deck and below. The Maersk cadet programmes focus on either Deck Cadet training or Engineer Cadet training. The Maersk Officer Education Programme covers both disciplines – giving you a wide array of skills, competencies and opportunities.
The Maersk Officer Education is a demanding programme, suited to ambitious, enthusiastic and hard-working individuals with leadership potential. You need to have A-Levels and to pass the Maersk admissions test, which challenges a variety of logical, verbal and practical reasoning skills. When you have completed the Maersk Officer Education Programme, you will be qualified to embark immediately upon a career as a Junior Officer. You will also have all the theoretical qualifications you need to proceed to the sought-after Captain- or Chief Engineer positions in due course. Your choice of specializations and the experience you accrue will determine how quickly you can proceed through the ranks.
You can fill in an online application at any time during the year. Applications are processed and a shortlist drawn up in late autumn/ winter, interviews are held in spring, and the Maersk Officer Education Programme starts the following September.
Learn more about MAERSK's assessment process and online tests HERE.