What to Expect from an Engineering Apprenticeship

Engineering is a hugely diverse industry with multiple different sectors within it. Often, the apprenticeships available will reflect this, with so many available! Being an apprentice means you will be employed by an organisation all whilst learning through a college and receiving on-the-job training. Apprentice also earn a full-time wage including holiday and sick pay.

Apprenticeships are typically aimed at young people who are due to leave school and are looking for an alternative to university. Apprenticeships can also be taken by people who are looking for a career change. There are different levels of apprenticeship; Level 2 and 3 are usually aimed at school leavers, whereas higher apprenticeships (levels 4, 5, 6 and 7) are generally aimed at those with A Levels.

To be considered for an engineering apprenticeship, you will need to have previous GCSE qualifications in Maths, IT and Science. You should also have an interest in problem-solving, teamwork and the technical aspects of operating machinery.

What is involved in your engineering apprenticeship will depend entirely on the sector your apprenticeship is in. Generally speaking, it will be your job to install, fit, test and repair systems, for example.

It is important to remember that your full-time employment will be combined with part-time study and it is important you pass this aspect of it to gain the full qualification. Apprentices are often allocated one day a week to attend a college or learning centre for study. You will likely be assessed through a combination of coursework, exams, essays and on-the-job valuation.

If an engineering apprenticeship sounds like something you are interested in, and you would like to find out more, we can help.

At GET, we offer a range of engineering apprenticeships including mechanical, maintenance and electrical and have been designing and delivery training programmes for over 40 years. For more information about how we can help you, you can view our current vacancies here, call us on 01452 423461 or get in touch via our contact page.