Engineering Apprenticeships

About Engineering

Engineers use their skills and knowledge in a specific field to make things work, solve problems and improve the world around us. Engineers can be involved in building, testing and designing all sorts of products and structures. They can be found all over the world working in many different areas: environmental management, transport, medicine, roadcasting, electronics and even enabling space exploration. You name it, engineers have worked on it!

Apprentices make up a large proportion of the people who go into engineering and there are a wide range of apprenticeships on offer.

During the Apprenticeship you will cover areas such as:

  • Performing Engineering Operations
  • Business Improvement – Techniques
  • Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering
  • Fabrication and Welding Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Engineering Maintenance and Installation
  • Materials Processing and Finishing
  • Electrical and Electronics Servicing
  • Engineering Technical Support

How do you get into the Industry?

Engineering requires you to apply maths and science principles; therefore these subjects are particularly important. The majority of employers are looking for GCSE or equivalent at Grades A*-C however some may specify at least two subjects needs to be achieved at A-Level.

Typical skills required include:

  • Able to work as a team
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Good practical skills

Further Progression

Once you have completed your Apprenticeship you can look at moving on to an Advanced Apprenticeship in engineering.

Following on from that you would be able to move on to Level 4 Engineering Management, Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree.

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Entry Requirements

    In order to start an Engineering Apprenticeship at Level 1, you will not require any further qualifications.

    To begin an Engineering Apprenticeship at Level 2 or 3 you will need GCSEs Grades A*-C.

    Individual employers may look for specific qualifications, these are stated on each Apprenticeship Vacancy, this may include A level qualifications.


    This will be dependent on the size of the employer and if the employer is an apprenticeship levy payer. This can be discussed with Total People Ltd.  

    Pathways to Apprenticeship - Level 1


    We will support you to experience a working environment with a local company for 2 days per week in order to give you an insight into the engineering industry. At the end of the course, you could progress onto a full Apprenticeship with Total People.

    What qualifications will I gain?

    •    Engineering certificate level 1
    •    Level 1 Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT Level 1

    Entry Requirements:

    No entry requirements

    Length of the course:

    6 months Approximately

    Intermediate Apprenticeship - Level 2

    What qualifications will I gain?

    •    Level 2 NVQ Diploma - Numerous skill-specific disciplines (excluding PEO and PMO) - Undertaken in the workplace (certain aspects can be completed in a training/college environment)
    •    Level 2 Technical certificate - Various subjects - Undertaken at a local college on day release for 1/2 years
    •    Functional Skills Maths, English and ICT Level 1
    •    Level 2 Award in Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) - usually undertaken at the workplace.

    Entry Requirements:


    Length of the course:

    18-24 months Approximately

    Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3

    What qualifications will I gain?

    •    Performing Engineering Operations – Three units from this NVQ Diploma must be undertaken at local college either as block release for 6/8 months or day release for two years; can also be undertaken in the workplace in certain circumstances
    •    Level 3 NVQ Diploma – Numerous skill-specific disciplines – Undertaken in the workplace
    •    Level 3 Technical Certificate – Various Subjects – Undertaken
    at local college on day release for two/three years•    Functional Skills Maths Level 2
    •    Level 2 Functional Skills – Application of Number, Communication, ICT usually undertaken at college alongside Technical Certificate – some could be exempt if certain GCSE’s are achieved at Grade ‘C’ or above
    •    Level 2 Award in Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) – usually undertaken in the workplace

    Entry Requirements:

    GCSEs Grades A*-C or A-Levels (dependant on the employer)

    Length of the course:

    3 - 3 and half years approximately


    Maintenance and Engineering Apprentice

    M A C Tool & Plant Hire in Congleton
    £8,632 per year
    42 months duration