Apprenticeships - EngineeringGoing 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.
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: Talent Source Apprenticeships
Talent Source 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 & Manufacturing: Mars Apprenticeships
Mars offer schemes in both Engineering and Manufacturing, both which involve you taking part in fantastic training courses and team-building events whilst tackling real challenges and taking on real responsibility. You will be spending time between Kingston College in South London and our Mars Chocolate UK factory in Slough, Berkshire.
Engineering - Teledyne E2V Higher Apprenticeship Scheme
Teledyne 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 4 structured and fully supported development schemes for apprentices:
- Civil Engineering
- Building Services Engineering
- Quantity Surveying
- Transport Planning
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)
You can also apply to a degree Apprenticeships in quantity surveying if you have already achieved or are expected to achieve 3 A level passes with grades A* - C, or equivalent qualification. You will have ideally studied Mathematics at A level. You must have a Maths GSCE with Grade B and above, or equivalent mathematics qualification.
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: Aecom Apprenticeships
Aecom offer advanced, higher and degree level apprenticeships in engineering. The programmes last from 2-5 years. They require you to study STEM subjects at A Level. Apprenticeships are offered in civil engineering and building services engineering. The degree apprenticeships varies depending on their business requirements.
Engineering: Aggregate Industries Minerals Managementt
Over three years you will build the knowledge and skills required to develop a rewarding career in either an operational, commercial or office capacity. You’ll be working towards a foundation degree in Mineral Products Technology at the University of Derby, mixing academic study and practical hands on experience with a structured plan to develop you both personally and professionally.
This apprenticeship can progress onto a BSc (Hons) in Minerals Management.
- Eligibility to work in the UK
- 2 A levels equating to 80 UCAS points (at least 1 in a STEM subject).
Aggregate Industries offer a range of other lower level apprenticeships.
Engineering: Airbus Higher Apprenticeships
Airbus. Manufacturer of aircrafts. Their apprenticeships are available at Airbus, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space. All the programmes last 3 years or 5 years and combine college or university studies with practical training.
They offer an undergraduate engineering apprenticeship which is a 3-4 degree programme, which requires at least 2 A Levels including Maths and Physics.
They also offer a Higher Supply Chain Logistics Apprenticeship for which you need 2 A Levels grade B or above. 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.
They also offer a commercial undergraduate apprenticeship, focussed on eitehr finance or business support. This is a 3 year sponsored degree apprenticeship and you need 2 or 3 A Level grades B and above, depending on whether you choose finance or business support. You will study towards a CIMA qualification or a BA degree in Leadership and management.
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: ARUP Apprenticeships
ARUP is a global firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical experts. This is a brilliant opportunity to build a creative career designing and delivering exciting work in infrastructure, building design and specialist technical services.
The Arup apprenticeship allows you to study for an academic qualification while working and learning in their offices alongside respected, technical professionals.
As an apprentice, you’ll study at a local college on day release, working towards an accredited qualification and combine this experience with workplace learning. They offer both higher and degree apprenticeships. They generally require 3 higher qualifications ( A Levels) at grade C or above.
Their apprentices study a wide range of professional disciplines: civil engineering, building services, structural engineering, rail design, business and admin, project management, transport planning, accountancy, digital consulting, quantity surveying and environmental consulting. You’ll enjoy the opportunity to study for a paid, professionally-recognised qualification in a discipline that will help you further your career.
Civil Engineering Apprentice:
You'll help a team including engineers and other professionals to assess, design and supervise civil engineering works. You’ll work on a wide range of projects - from roads and pavements, to car parks, drainage, and earthworks. Projects and designs will come in all shapes and sizes, and could involve sports stadia, highways, airports, ports, rail schemes, and new buildings. As part of your apprenticeship, you'll study towards a Level 4 qualification in Civil Engineering with one of ARUP's local partner colleges.
Building Services Apprentice:
You’ll help a team including architects and engineers to design all kinds of systems such as energy management, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, drainage, lighting, power, water services, life-safety systems, communications and building transportation. You’ll work with renewable and emerging technologies, and enjoy the chance to take part in a wide range of projects - from newly built sports stadia, to the refurbishment of historic premises. Your projects could span a variety of sectors, including education, sports, health and industry. At Arup, you will have the advantage of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology. BIM enables us to design buildings collaboratively using computer models. As part of your apprenticeship, you'll study towards a Level 4 qualification in Building Services with one of ARUP's local partner colleges.
Locations include Belfast in Northern Ireland, Cardiff in Wales, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, and Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Solihull, Winchester and York in England.
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: Dyson Engineering Degree
Dyson offer an engineering degree at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology. As an Undergraduate Engineer, you work alongside their Global Engineering team from day one. You are responsible for live projects, all while studying for your engineering degree from Warwick Manufacturing Group, the University of Warwick.
The course is four years long. The first two years will give you a strong foundation in engineering theory and practice before you specialise in years three and four. The engineering fundamentals that you learn in your studies will be put to practice through your role within Dyson's Global Engineering team.
The degree has been developed by Dyson engineers alongside academics at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the University of Warwick. WMG have a long-standing reputation for bridging the gap between industry and academia through their strong links with global engineering companies. As a first year Undergraduate Engineer you will live on-site in modern accommodation pods. The campus is within easy driving distance of Bristol, Bath and Gloucester.
Your tuition fees will be paid by Dyson, and you will earn a salary from the start, meaning you could graduate debt-free.
At the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, you’re an engineer from day one. You’ll learn about engineering through hands-on experience and work alongside a team of Dyson technology experts three days of the week. With Dyson’s expertise across motors, fluid dynamics, separation systems, energy storage, robotics, software and hair science, you’ll have the chance to work within a number of technical disciplines.
In your first year, you’ll complete three engineering rotations, focusing on mechanical, electronics hardware, and software. There are three more rotations in your second year, in different teams. This will help to consolidate your understanding of engineering fundamentals in practice.
For your final two years, they will give you the opportunity to state your preferred pathway. Dyson will place you in a team depending on your preferences, skills and the business need.
Dyson is a high-pressure environment, so they are looking for engineers with dedication and huge potential. You will need at least AAB at A Level or equivalent, including an A grade in both Mathematics and at least one other Science, Technology or Engineering-related subject.
They are also looking for people who are passionate about engineering and technology, a creative problem solver, an excellent team-player and a great communicator.
Engineering: EDF Energy Engineering Apprenticeships
EDF Energy are the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses.
They offer 2 engineering apprenticehsips. These are:
- Nuclear Engineer Degree Apprenticeship. Spend four years learning from experts, getting valuable experience all whilst studying for a Bachelors Degree in Engineering (Honours). You’ll study your degree at the new National College for Nuclear, through Bridgwater & Taunton College situated in Somerset.
- 102 UCAS points - ideally this will consist of at least 3 A levels (at grade C or above), including Maths and a Science subject or a relevant Level 3 qualification, such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with a strong mathematical element
- 4 year apprenticeship
- Non Destructive Testing Engineer Apprentice: Within the Nuclear Generation business, as part of the Structural Integrity team, there’s a small team of around 20 engineers responsible for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Remote Operations activities for EDF power stations. They provide inspection, materials, structural analysis and plant lifetime management services to ensure the safe, reliable operation of nuclear power stations.
Join this apprenticeship and you’ll follow the Non-Destructive Testing Engineer Apprenticeship Standard, spending four years learning from industry experts, whilst studying for a BSc Degree in Non-Destructive Testing.
- 3 A Levels, grade A-C , including maths and a science or engineering subject or a minimum of three NDT Level 2 methods
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: Laing O'Rourke Degree Apprenticeship in Civil engineering site management
Laing O'Rourke offer a bespoke civil engineering site management degree apprenticeship created in partnership between Laing O’Rourke and the University of Exeter. They are looking for people to fill civil engineering roles predominantly (but not exclusively) at their Hinkley Point C project while studying part-time for a debt-free BEng degree at a highly-ranked Russell Group University. You’ll become professionally qualified as well to Technician (EngTech) and Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. The degree apprenticeship uniquely combines the undergraduate university experience with paid employment and industrial experience. As a graduate of this programme, you can expect to leave with a full University of Exeter degree, professional qualifications, zero student debt and a job.
The BEng Civil Engineering Site Management degree apprenticeship is delivered through a combination of residential courses, blended learning and work-based projects over five years. Each residential will last a fortnight (so eight weeks per academic year at university) and during this time you will attend lectures, seminars, participate in workshops and spend time with your academic mentor. Alongside your study, you will work full-time in a civil engineering role on one of Laing O’Rourke’s projects around the UK. At work you’ll be given a mentor to help you work towards professional accreditation at Technician Engineer level after the first two years study, and Incorporated Engineer level when you’ve completed the degree.
- The typical offer at Exeter is AAA-ABB at A-Level, or equivalent, to include Maths and a science.
- Have gained at least 5 GCSEs including at grades A-C including Maths and English.
- You will be expected to live within commuting distance of one of their projects.
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: Mace Apprenticeships
Mace are an international consultancy and construction business. They shape the cities and communities of the future by connecting clients, communities, suppliers and partners. They offer a number of apprenticeships, in:
- civil engineering
- project consultancy
- building services engineering
- quantity surveying
What will a civil engineering trainee do at Mace?
As a trainee construction manager specialising in civil engineering, you will help the project team in the daily control, management and coordination of construction structural activities to ensure the project is delivered on time, on budget and to the required safety, environmental and quality standards. Your responsibilities will increase throughout the programme as your technical knowledge and skills develop. The role is based in London.
Trainee engineers are sponsored through a two-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Civil Engineering at a London-based university (one day a week on campus). Once this is achieved, trainees will start working towards their EngTech qualification. Your fees are fully funded by Mace.
Minimum entry requirements
- A minimum of 240 UCAS points from three A Levels including maths and physics at grade C, or an engineering-related Level 3 BTEC Diploma at MMM grade or above (subject to training provider requirements).
- Six GCSEs grade C or above including mathematics, physics and English (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
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: NATS Apprenticeships
NATS. Provides air traffic navigation services to aircraft flying through UK controlled airspace and at numerous UK and international airports.The NATS Technology Apprenticeship is designed to develop A-level, BTEC Level 3 (or equivalent) qualified people to be Engineering Professionals of the future.
The Programme is a combination of off-the-job training at a local training provider, and on-the-job training across a variety of engineering functional disciplines. The competency programme takes approx. 2 years to complete and builds on your technical skills, knowledge and transferable skills.
At the same time as working towards your vendor and professional qualifications, you will also undertake four, six month placements in different Engineering functions. After completing your apprenticeship, you will be allocated a permanent role and continue to learn your particular field of expertise.
During your apprenticeship you will study and gain vendor qualifications in:
- Network Principles
- Network Systems & Architecture
- Microsoft Certified professional – Installing & Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2
- Network Security
- Microsoft MOC on Demand Course
- L4 Apprenticeship in Network Engineering
Based in the South Coast you will be working in either our Air Traffic Control Centre or the Corporate and Technical Centre in Hampshire.
Who can apply?
We welcome applications from anyone who has a minimum of three A-levels, BTEC level 3 in engineering related fields (or equivalent) at grade A*-C or with most units at merit or above.
Engineering: P&G Apprenticeships
P&G. Offers an engineering apprenticeship where You will begin your career in the innovation team at Gillette’s Greater London Innovation Centre in Reading, learning to use state of the art engineering technology to produce new prototypes that for direct consumer testing. You will gain an understanding of the consumer needs and technical challenges in producing new products and be a key part of designing, developing and manufacturing innovative new solutions.
The duration of the apprenticeship is 4-5 years and successful apprentices will start from NVQ L2 & C&G 2850 Tech Cert in Engineering and complete the programme with a Level 3 NVQ in Engineering and an HNC in Engineering
Successful applicants will be based at the R&D site in Reading 4 days per week, with 1 day per week completing the BTEC part of the qualification at Basingstoke College of Technology.
Engineering: PA Consulting Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship
PA Consulting are asuccessful Technology and Innovation Consultancy. Their engineers are involved in the design and development of world leading products in consumer goods, healthcare and industrial sectors. They are looking for committed electrical and electronic engineers.
PA’s Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme is made up of a minimum of fours years study, to educate your skills in Engineering, whilst also working at PA. During that time, you will attend a local Further Education College on a part-time basis to further your education in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. At the same time, you will join existing apprentices and the Engineering Team developing your skills and experience as part of the Product Design and Development Team.
On successfully completing your 4th Year it is anticipated that your contract would be made permanent and you will be offered an Analyst position at PA. This entry position into consulting gives you the ability to work on a vast range of projects for a diverse client base. Having already been embedded within the Technology Group during your apprenticeship you will be a key member in delivering technology and innovation capabilities across all sectors.
The successful applicants will have good academic results (i.e. a number of GCSEs; including a minimum grade B in Mathematics, English and Sciences) and a thirst for learning. Further study post GCSE in related subjects is also required, either a L2 BTEC (or above) or A Levels in STEM subjects. Ideally, candidates would also be able to demonstrate involvement in technology related projects they have undertaken at home, school or college.
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.
Practice tailored psychometric tests similar to the ones used by Rolls Royce here..
Engineering: Sellafield Apprenticeships
Sellafield is a global centre for nuclear engineering management. They pioneered the harnessing of nuclear power to generate electricity for the country. Now they are set international standards in high-hazard reduction. They offer a range of degree apprenticeships which provide a balance of on-the-job training and experience whilst enabling you to also study for a degree without having to cover the cost of tuition. The pathways include:
- Engineering Design
- Civil Asset Management
- Operational Research & Analytics
- Quality Engineer
They also offer a project management higher apprenticeship. This is a four year scheme and you will work toward the Association for Project Management PMQ certification and a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Project Management.
The entry requirements are:
- Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades A* to C (Step 9-4) including English Language, a Science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science or similar) and Mathematics at Grade B (Step 6) or above.
- Minimum of 96 UCAS points, ( for the degree appraenticeships this needs to include 2 STEM subjects at A-Level e.g. Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Science. Other Level 3 STEM qualifications may be considered.)
Engineering: Severn Trent Higher Apprenticeships
Severn Trent offer a number of apprenticeships including a higher engineering and higher project managment apprenticeships.
Engineering - Civil, Mechanical or Electrical
This is an opportunity to join the Asset Creation team and develop solutions that will shape the future of the water industry. Working with engineering teams on a diverse range of projects, this is an opportunity to do work of huge size and scope, developing new construction techniques and systems that will impact the entire customer base.
This is a Level 4 HNC/HND programme. That means, as you develop and complete this qualification, you’ll have the option to progress to degree level. Your operational rotation placements on this scheme focus on developing the key skills and experience that you’ll require to be a technical expert, either through working in operational teams or on key projects. This will allow you to combine on-the-job learning with formal, nationally recognised development training modules.
You will join the Capital Delivery team. Every project needs to be managed to ensure it’s success and as a Project Manager, you’ll know what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved, how long it will take and how much it will cost,and work with the project team to achieve the required outcomes.
Initially working alongside the Programme Engineers you could be helping to manage and deliver projects across either the Water Infrastructure teams on the mains rehabilitation works, or the Waste Infrastructure team who work on a wide range of projects from pumping stations to sewer rehabilitation.
This is a Level 4 HNC/HND programme. That means, as you develop and complete this qualification, you’ll have the option to progress on to further courses.
Engineering: Siemens Apprenticeships
Siemens offer higher apprenticeships which take between two and four years to complete and combine studying with “hands-on” training while you gain Level 4 qualifications – an NVQ and a relevant HNC. You could be learning Technical Sales, IT, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering or Rail Engineering. After you’ve completed your apprenticeship you’ll be able to apply for registration with EngTech, which marks you out as a professional engineer.
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.
Engineering: WSP Degree Apprenticeship
WSP is one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms. They are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, programme and construction management professionals. They design lasting solutions in sectors including Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy and provide project delivery and strategic consulting services.
Study and work
Their degree apprenticeship involves a structured learning programme of incompany training and university teaching. You will study towards a BEng or BSc in either building services, civil engineering, project management or surveying at University over a five-year period on either a block- or day-release basis. The scheme offers you the potential to continue onto further study and work towards a master’s. Everyone on the scheme will also have the opportunity to become registered with a relevant professional institution. The degree will be fully funded by WSP and you will earn a competitive salary as well.
- You’ll be in your final year or will have recently completed either your A Levels with grades BCC (or equivalent) with a grade C minimum in physics, maths or further maths; or a BTEC Extended Diploma (Level 3) with grades DDM in an engineeringrelated subject.
- You’ll have five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or Level 5 or above which must include English, maths, science and a technology-related subject with at least a grade B or Level 5 in maths.
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.