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Talented engineers, technicians and managers are vital to the future success of our engineering and advanced manufacturing sector - and the opportunities are both vast and impressive. 


If you're thinking about a career in engineering or advanced manufacturing, there is no better way to get started than with an apprenticeship.

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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.

Apprenticeship Levels

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.

View our current apprentice vacancies

If we don’t have any suitable vacancies currently available, you can access a wider range of apprentice vacancies by:

Registering with our partner Get My First Job
Downloading the Telegraph Apprenticeship App to view all available vacancies 
Registering with the Automotive Apprenticeship Matching Service

Using the governments’ find an apprenticeship services:

England (All Levels)

England (Higher Levels)



Northern Ireland don’t have a government funded matching service but more information about how to find an apprenticeship is available here.


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