The Qualifications you’ll need for a Successful Engineering Apprenticeship

If you’re thinking about heading into an engineering based career but are unsure about what qualifications will be best for you, we can help. From the GCSE subjects you choose to A-Levels or apprenticeships, here’s the advice you’ll need to help you make the right decisions early on in your career path.

GCSEs

The subjects you decide on will be hugely down to the sector of engineering you wish to get into. Generally, all engineers will need to have a GCSE qualification in maths and science, though these are compulsory at GCSE level. Choice wise, there is really no bad option. It could be valuable to choose a subject that relates to technology or a business subject and language.

At this stage, it’s important to remember that the subjects you choose should indulge your interests. Don’t opt for a subject that doesn’t excite you. If you like a subject, you are more likely to do well in it, which will help to shape your career more so than a poorer grade in a more relevant subject.

A Levels

With less choice comes harder decisions. If you want to study engineering, it’s vital for you to pick the right A-Levels. Maths is a subject that all future engineers will need to study- no matter the sector of engineering they want to get into. Other subjects that relate closely to a number of engineering jobs are chemistry and physics, or science in general.

Further maths, ICT, geography, languages and design technology are also subjects that can hugely benefit students wanting to get into engineering.

University Degree

A-Levels will enable you to qualify for a university degree. Professional qualifications are important within the engineering industry and can increase your earning potential, as well as improve the likelihood of obtaining a great graduate role and raising your professional credibility. Unlike A-Levels and GCSEs, only one university course will be chosen and should be in your preferred sector of engineering. Researching will help you to find a university that has been rated highly for engineering courses.

A university degree, however, isn’t the only choice for students considering venturing into a career in engineering. For those without a degree, alternative routes can include a HND, foundation degree or an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship

Once you have completed your GCSEs and/or A-Levels, you can qualify for an engineering apprenticeship. Unfortunately, you cannot undertake an apprenticeship if you hold a degree or equivalent. Apprenticeships give students the chance to earn whilst they are learning, obtaining real-life experience in the world of engineering and what it’s really like to be an engineer.

Apprenticeships are ideal for many students as it allows them to build rapports within their business, with many obtaining full-time, fully paid jobs at the end of the year.

Ultimately, the subjects you choose to take can hugely impact the grades you receive. Opting for subjects you enjoy rather than subjects that simply relate can help to propel you further into your career of choice.

If you’re on the lookout for an engineering apprenticeship, you can take a look at our current vacancies here. Or, for more information, get in touch with a member of the GET team by visiting our contact page or calling us on 01452 423461.