Engineering Apprenticeships & Qualifications

Engineering Apprenticeships

We are experts at training Engineering Operatives and Technicians across many sectors including; Manufacturing, Rail, Water, Energy, construction and many more.

With our training centre in Crewe, we’re well-positioned to help solve skills challenges identified in the Greater Manchester Local Skills Improvement Plan that identifies high demand for skilled workers in the region.

Through our Level 2 and 3 qualifications, apprentices can learn the necessary technical and soft skills needed to be successful in an operative, and technician role.

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Sector insights


of Greater Manchester’s GVA comes from Engineering and Manufacturing*


of companies are experiencing recruitment difficulties*


of employers say they need more highly-skilled workers*

Apprenticeship training for engineering

15 months, plus 3-month End Point Assessment 

Programme summary 

This programme will equip learners with a robust set of skills, knowledge and behaviours that will allow them to work successfully as an Engineering Operative within the Manufacturing and Engineering sector.

The programme of study will cover;

  • Interpreting engineering drawings and specifications, relevant compliance procedures/systems
  • Health and safety regulations, engineering operational practices, processes and procedures, identifying and dealing risks, hazards and problems that may occur.

The programme of study is delivered through a mix of face-to-face learning, remote reviews, online assessments, self-study, practical skills training and one to one coaching facilitated by Total People at the Total People training centre in Crewe (off-the-job)

Who is suitable?

Aimed at those who are interested in a career within engineering operations within the Manufacturing and Engineering sector.

39 months, plus 3-month End Point Assessment 

Programme Summary

Engineering Technicians are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex work in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector designing, building, servicing and repairing a range of engineering products and services.

During this programme, apprentices will contribute to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, systems, processes or services depending on their employer placement and pathway they choose.

All apprentices will learn core manufacturing and engineering skills, knowledge and behaviours, they will then get to specialise in one of the 

following areas:

  • Machinist – Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
  • Product Design and Development Technician
  • Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician
  • Technical Support Technician
Who is suitable?

Anyone looking for practical, workbased training and qualifications wanting a career in the manufacturing and engineering sector. You will get a comprehensive insight into how the sector operates, with hands-on experience in both generic and specialised engineering skills, opening the doors for progression within the engineering sector.

33 months, plus 3-month End Point Assessment 

Programme summary 

This qualification develops the fundamental technical skills and the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to become competent in the job role. Apprentices can expect practical training delivered by Total People instructors at Total People’s training centre in Crewe as well as on site with an employer.

Areas of study include maintenance and operational practices, processes and procedures covering a range of plant and equipment. The apprentice will also cover relevant industry health and safety standards, regulations and environmental requirements.

Upon completion of this programme learners will be able to maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment. Dependent upon the sector that the apprentice is employed in, there may be subtle differences in terms of the composition and application of the plant and equipment. However, they will learn the fundamental principles of operation which will include installation, testing, servicing, removal, replacement, maintenance and repair of equipment.

Who is suitable?

Anyone looking for a role as a Maintenance and Operations Engineer, i.e., shop floor maintenance engineers, partly experienced or beginners.

The learning experience

Industry expert coaches 

Free access to an online learning library 

Free Microsoft 365 account during study

Free student discount card

Learn in a state-of-the-art facility

Individual coaching and mentoring sessions

Close-up portrait on an engineering apprentice

Are you an employer?

Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way of upskilling your teams to have the right knowledge and behaviours to enable the future success of your business and meet strategic goals, through your people.

Our delivery can also be tailored to your organisation's learning and development needs, with expertise in navigating the skills system and funding to get the most out of apprenticeships, whether you’re an SME or a larger Levy-paying company.

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Apprenticeship funding

Understanding how to fund apprenticeships can seem complicated. As experts, we can guide you through the process and help you to make the most of funding options that are available to you, either as an SME or a larger Levy-paying organisation.

Funding explained
Slides showing the apprenticeship levy process
A portrait image of a smiling engineering technician

Employer support

Are you looking for more information on how apprenticeships can benefit your business?

We have a wealth of resources available to help guide you through the process and explain how we can support you at every step.

Apprenticeships explained

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Frequently asked questions

Contact us using this form and select employer enquiry.

We will then be in touch to gather your requirements and discuss the best approach to get your vacancy live.

On our website and on the National Apprenticeship Service’s website, which is  a national online recruitment system. 

It’s managed by us. Once we have your information, we’ll add  your vacancy to the National Apprenticeship Service website and monitor the number of applications.

We’ll  firstly filter the applications based on  what you’re looking for in a candidate. To comply with regulations, the applications will be sent via a secure file sharing system. 

Just let us know the name of the person and we’ll arrange a meeting with you to organise their apprenticeship programme.

We can always extend your closing date or re-advertise your vacancy at a later date. 

You’re not under any obligation to recruit someone from the site, but if you do, you’ll have to make sure they’re signed up to an apprenticeship programme with Total People. 

In addition,  we’ll promote your vacancy for free in our weekly applicant newsletter and highlight the vacancy on our homepage carousel.  We’ll also promote your vacancy on our social media channels.