What Do I Need for an Engineering Apprenticeship?

An engineering apprenticeship offers a well-rounded introduction to the world of work and could be the first step on a long, successful career path. But what, exactly, is required before you apply?

We’ve outlined everything you need below:

A Passion for Engineering

Before anything else, you need to show a genuine interest in engineering. There’s no point applying for an apprenticeship that you are not going to enjoy, both for your sake and for your employer! If you are considering an apprenticeship in this area, the chances are that you are already passionate about it, but you need to be able to demonstrate this when applying.

How can I demonstrate my passion for engineering?

  • Join a club (or run one!). Your school may have an engineering club after school, but you could start one if not.
  • Work experience. While it’s not essential for all apprenticeships, work experience is a great way to demonstrate your passion for engineering. Even if it’s only a few days during the school holidays.
  • Extra reading. If you’ve read a book that’s not part of your school syllabus, it shows that you want to take engineering beyond the classroom.
  • Projects. Start a DIY engineering project at home or with some friends. Keep a note of challenges you encountered and how you overcame them.

5 A*-C Grades including Maths, English and Science

Although an apprenticeship doesn’t need as many prior qualifications as a university degree, it still has some academic requirements. A good grounding in English, Maths and the Sciences is necessary, both for your employer and for the training that runs alongside your apprentice placement.


An engineering apprenticeship lasts for a year at least, but it’s likely to be longer. Therefore, employers want to see a willingness to commit when you apply.

How do I show that I am committed?

  • Show what you are committed to currently. Outside of school, is there anything that you have been a part of for an extended period of time? Whether it’s a Saturday job, being a Scout leader or learning to play a musical instrument, make sure you list these commitments on your CV.
  • Demonstrate challenges you have overcome. An employer wants to know that you are going to commit to completing an engineering apprenticeship even when it’s difficult. When you apply, make sure to mention any challenges you have faced, whether at school or in an extra-curricular activity, and how you persevered through them.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to become an engineering apprentice, why not take a look at the courses on offer on our website? If you’d like any help with your application, our team would love to help you.