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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. 

Higher Apprenticeships

Is your ambition to further your skills and become a high level technician or senior engineer within the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector? Higher Apprenticeships are designed to offer this opportunity, with the option to progress to a degree level qualification. Like an Apprenticeship, Higher Apprenticeships are an employer-recognised, mainstream route to senior level industry careers.

What is a Higher Apprenticeship (HA)?

A HA combines a job with learning, so you earn a wage while developing your skills. Based in the workplace and working alongside experienced staff, higher apprentices can build skills and experience in engineering/manufacturing.

HAs are ideal for those who have completed a level 3 engineering and manufacturing Apprenticeship or have achieved A levels in STEM subjects and wish to progress to level 4 (equivalent to Higher Education) and to level 6 (equivalent to degree level).

Semta works closely with employers to develop HAs, ensuring they are embedded in the workplace, industry relevant and provide higher apprentices with the training they need to become expert in their field.

Download the Higher Apprenticeships in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering leaflet for information on staying ahead in the sector.

What does it involve?

If you choose a HA, the majority of your time will be spent in the workplace, developing the advanced competence skills required to gain qualifications. Some of your time will be spent at a college or university to build your theoretical knowledge.

HAs can take between three and four years to complete, depending on the level and could lead to a permanent job afterwards. The standard pay is national minimum wage, however, many employers will pay higher apprentices more than other apprentices.

What are the entry requirements for a Higher Apprenticeship?

The entry requirements may differ depending on the level of the HA. Generally HAs are open to you if you are:

  • 18 years old and over
  • have already completed an Advanced Apprenticeship or
  • have a minimum of two A-levels.

If you don't have those, employers may take into account previous work experience or other relevant criteria.

Find out more

There are many large engineering and advanced manufacturing companies that offer Higher Apprenticeships. Watch this video to see what employers and apprentices think about HAs.