If you're thinking about a career in engineering or advanced manufacturing, there is no better way to get started than with an apprenticeship.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship combines training in a job with study, giving you the opportunity to earn while you learn.
Apprenticeships are highly valued by the sector, there are over 10,000 engineering and manufacturing employers offering Apprenticeships across the UK. They also offer great prospects - according to Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures, 90% of people who have been through apprenticeships are employed compared to 87.5% of graduates.
|Name||Level||Equivalent Educational Level|
|Intermediate||2||5 GCSE passes at grades A*to C|
|Advanced||3||2 A-Level passes|
|Higher||4,5,6 and 7||Foundation degree and above|
|Degree||6 and 7||Bachelor's or masters degree|
The length it takes to complete an apprenticeship depends on the qualification and the level. On average most engineering apprenticeships take 3-4 years.
Once you have completed your engineering apprenticeship you will be able to apply for professional Engineering Technician (EngTech) status, which acknowledges that your skills are transferable across the industry.
How to Apply for an Apprenticeship
The Semta Apprenticeship Service works with employers across the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector to match talented young people with suitable apprenticeship opportunities.
If we don’t have any suitable vacancies currently available, you can access a wider range of apprentice vacancies by:
Using the governments’ find an apprenticeship services:
Northern Ireland don’t have a government funded matching service but more information about how to find an apprenticeship is available here.