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The Top 5 Benefits of Engineering Apprenticeships

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With so many routes into engineering, you may be struggling to decide between an engineering apprenticeship or other qualification routes, such as a university degree. 

While engineering accounts for 19% of all jobs in the UK, it’s always a good idea to get your foot in the door early, and what better way to do this than an apprenticeship?

In this article, we’ll discuss both the long-term and short-term benefits of engineering apprenticeships. Read on to discover what’s on offer and kickstart your career today with us! 

What is an engineer?

An engineer is someone who designs and builds complex products, machines, systems, or structures. Engineers solve problems by using science, maths, and technology to figure out the best way to create new things or to improve a product. 

Essentially, an engineer is a problem-solver who uses creativity and scientific know-how to design and build things. They might develop products like smartphones and other devices, or work on large-scale projects like bridges or power plants. 

In short, engineers make our world function smoothly by bringing ideas to life. No matter the field, all engineers share a passion for innovation and helping to improve the world around them!

What engineering roles are there?

Engineers can work in many industries, including: 

  • Food
  • Automotive
  • Rail
  • Water and energy supply
  • Construction

And many more!

Engineers often specialise in a specific branch, such as civil, electrical, mechanical, or chemical engineering.

Engineering roles range from entry-level Operator roles to mid-level Engineering Technician roles, to senior roles like Chief Engineer. 

I wanted to gain on-the-job experience while completing the engineering qualifications and coursework, and Total People seemed to offer this the best.

Total People Engineering Apprentice, working with Sodexo.

The top benefits of engineering apprenticeships

1. Gain experience with employers & accelerate your career

With an engineering apprenticeship, you’ll spend up to 80% of your time working with a relevant employer in the engineering sector, gaining first-hand experience and making valuable connections that can support your employment and career progression once you have achieved your qualification. 

Most employers recruit their apprentices as full-time staff once the apprenticeship has been completed, since they’ve already invested time and effort into developing the perfect skills for the business. 

2. Start with minimal entry requirements

Our engineering apprenticeships are Level 3 qualifications, which are often more suitable than engineering degrees and other engineering qualifications for those with lower A-level grades since the entry requirements are simply passing your GCSE grades. 

3. Earn while you learn

While an engineering apprenticeship lasts at least as long as a degree (three years), you have the added benefit of earning an apprenticeship wage while you learn and no tuition fees to pay – in fact, your qualification will be funded (at least in part) by the apprenticeship levy.

Network & build industry relationships Working alongside experienced professionals provides unparalleled opportunities to learn from their expertise and gain insights you wouldn't find in a textbook. These connections can blossom into mentorships, friendships, and references, opening doors for exciting job opportunities and collaborations down the line. 

As you navigate your engineering career, a strong network becomes an invaluable asset, so start building it early through your apprenticeship!

5. Guided support 

Unlike traditional classroom settings, engineering apprenticeships offer a unique blend of guided learning and personalised support. You'll receive a structured curriculum that ensures you gain a strong foundation in the theoretical aspects of engineering. 

This is often complemented by practical projects and on-the-job training, allowing you to see the theory come to life. 

You'll also have a dedicated tutor; a seasoned engineer who acts as your mentor. They'll provide one-on-one guidance, answer your questions, and offer valuable insights based on their experience, so you won’t feel alone in your learning journey!

Engineering is an increasingly competitive field to break into, so why not give yourself the advantage of a wage, hands-on experience, and industry connections by completing an apprenticeship?

Take a look at Total People’s engineering apprenticeships to get your career started. 

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