Engineering Apprenticeships

Today's marketplace is looking for a new generation of engineers with the potential to solve practical problems in the world around us who can push back the boundaries of technology... people like you. If you have an aptitude for maths and science, enjoy being hands-on and are a great problem solver, an apprenticeship is the perfect start to a career in engineering. Earn while you learn, specialist qualifications and a foot in the door of your chosen employer...what's not to like!

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  • Apprentice Engineer & Design Specialist

    Ref: PIN00713
  • Multi Skilled Mechatronic Maintenance Apprentice

    Ref: BEF00696
  • Multi-Skilled Machining Setter

    Ref: ARC00698
  • Multi-Skilled Engineering Apprentice

    Ref: UKN00649
  • Maintenance/Multi-skilled Operative Apprentice

    Hinckley, Leicestershire
    Ref: TM00650
  • Multi-skilled Maintenance Apprentice

    West Bromwich
    Ref: WIL00635
Technical Engineer
  • Structure of this Advanced Apprenticeship
    YEAR 1
    - Up to 46 weeks training in MGTS Technical Academy or other approved centres
    - Level 2 EAL Units x 10 to be achieved
    - Functional Skills - Level 2
    - Additional training in Modern Manufacturing Techniques
    - Further Educaction - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering

    YEAR 2
    - Development and training in a variety of technical areas: Production / Test / Engineering / Design Projects
    - Commence Company Training Programme
    - Further Education - Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

    YEARS 3 / 4
    - Further development and training in a selection of the following areas: Engineering / Quality / Production Planning / Material Supply / Health & Safety / Technical Support / Design / Purchasing 
    - Completion of Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering
    - Further Education - Possible opportunity to progress to HNC in Engineering
    - End point assessment

    Typical first appointment / job upon completion of training:
    - Manufacturing Engineering
    - Production Engineering
    - Design Technician
    - Quality Assurance
    - Project Engineering
    - Laboratory Technician
    - Test Engineer
  • Technician Occupations
    However good an initial design is, or a production process is, there are many reasons why it may be necessary to make changes during the life of a product. The reasons may be market-led or technology-led. Production Engineers need to: Identify opportunities to improve products and processes / Calculate and demonstrate benefits of improvements / Review quality performance of current production process / Act as a link between customer and production department.

    Design and Development Engineers are involved with the enhancement of existing products and projects to create new products that meet customer requirements by: Interpretation of customer specification / Establishing objectives and methods for Design and Development projects / Analysing and assessing the effects of design briefs / Producing detailed drawings.

    This involves electrical, electronic and mechanical maintenance, repair and installation of production and process machinery and equipment to include: Increased ability to supply defect free products / Systematic corrective action and lasting improvement / Encouragement of planned problem prevention.

    This involves electrical, electronic and mechanical maintenance, repair and installation of production and process machinery and equipment to include: Systematic and logical fault finding techniques / Repair and replacement of components / Functional testing and monitoring against specification / Modification and ongoing improvements to engineered systems / Programming and setting sophisticated electronic equipment / Installation of new plant and equipment.
Craft Engineer
  • Structure of this Advanced Apprenticeship
    YEAR 1
    - Up to 46 weeks training in MGTS Technical Academy or other approved centres
    - Level 2 EAL Units x 10 to be achieved
    - (Machinists - EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering)
    - Functional Skills - Level 2
    - Additional training in Modern Manufacturing Techniques
    - Further Education - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (Excluding Machinists)

    YEAR 2
    Development and training in various areas associated with first appointment: Maintenance / Assembly / Machine Shop / Engineering / Production / Toolroom / Fabrication
    - Commence Company Training Programme - Mechanical Manufacture or Maintenance
    - Commence Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

    YEARS 3 / 4
    - Further structured training in one of the following areas: Machine Shop / Toolroom / Fitting / Maintenance / Fabrication
    - Completion of Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering
    - Further Education - Possible opportunity to progress to HNC in Engineering (Excluding Machinists)
    - End point assessment

    Typical first appointment / job upon completion of training:
    - Machinist
    - CNC Setter / Programmer
    - Toolmaker
    - Maintenance Fitter
    - Welder / Fabricator
    - Electrician
  • Craft Occupations
    Production of engineering components to a consistently high standard, requires sophisticated tooling and equipment to be manufactured that will locate and support components during the manufacturing process. Toolmakers need to be able to: Use a range of machine tools and hand tools to manufacture products using their own initiative and often to their own design / Set and operate a range of machine and hand tools / Produce working diagrams to British and International Standards / Work to tight timescales and deadlines often unsupervised / Interpret internal and external customer requirements.

    The production of engineering components to consistent high quality standards is carried out on sophisticated computer controlled machines that can produce one off, batch or by a continuous process. This covers all types of CNC machines that cut, punch, bend or form. The CNC Engineer is responsible for: Producing programmes to meet customer specification / Controlling and modifying existing programmes to maintain quality standards / Setting and operating the computer numerical control machining process.

    This still remains an important joining tehnique which is utilised in all aspects of engineering from research and development to high volume production of automotive parts. Processes include: Resistance welding, TIG welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Manual Metal Arc Welding. The Welder is responsible for: Setting and operating a wide range of welding equipment / Producing a variety of welded joints in a range of material specifications and thicknesses / Carrying out visual and destructive weld inspection techniques to assess weld quality to national standards.

    All of today's motor cars have been developed and handcrafted as one-off prototypes by highly skilled sheet metal workers, using a range of hand and power tools. Prestige examples include Aston Martin, MGF, Rolls Royce and Bentley. Skills invovled include: Blank plate development of components / Wheeling panels to achieve double curvature / Producing a range of self-secured joints to assemble components / Metal finishing completed sheet metal components.
Engineering Production
  • Structure of this Advanced Apprenticeship
    YEAR 1
    - 16 - 24 weeks training in MGTS Technical Academy or other approved centres
    - Level 2 EAL Units x 10 to be achieved
    - Functional Skills - Level 2
    - Further Education - EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and / or Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

    YEAR 2
    - Development and training in: Assembly / Machine Cells / Maintenance and other areas connected with first appointment - Possibly complete skill specific Level 2 in Mechanical Manufacture

    Typical first appointment / job upon completion of training:
    - Assembly
    - Machining
    - Maintenance


    Successful completion of an Apprenticeship may offer the opportunity for progression onto the Advanced Apprenticeship programme.
  • Engineering Occupations
    Maintenance Fitters repair and maintain machines of all kinds. Mechanical Fitters help to build machinery and make things. They produce and fit parts of machinery and equipment together. They use drawings to find out the size of components and the way they fit together.

    Welders use intense heat to join metals together permanently. Sheetmetal workers can change flat sheets of metal into different shapes.

    Machinists use various tools to shape metals with a high level of accuracy. Turners use lathes that spin pieces of metal at high speeds. Cutting tools are held against the material to shave metal from the surface and produce the required shape. Milling is a process that cuts metal from an object held by clamps or a vice on a working table, using a revolving cutter. A grinding machine is used to finish work to exactly the right size.


What is an Engineering Apprenticeship?

There are three types of apprenticeships in engineering: Apprentices, Advanced Apprentices and Higher Apprentices:

  • Apprenticeships for Apprentices usually last at least a year and result in Level 2 qualifications.
  • Advanced Apprenticeships usually last 3 - 4 years and apprentices work towards a Level 3 Diploma, Functional Skills Level 2 and a Technical Certificate at Level 3.
  • Higher Apprenticeships include a Foundation Degree or HND and Level 4 qualifications.
What is the application process?


Visit, click on the Apply Now button and follow the instructions (read the Declaration, tick the box and click OK / Start your application).



After submitting your application form you will then receive an automated email inviting you to complete a set on Online Assessment tests, which must be completed within 7 days. The tests are via an external company (Virtual College) and will require you to create an account with them. For any technical issues, please contact Virtual College on 01943 885 095.



After successfully completing the online assessment you will be contacted by a member of the MGTS Recruitment Team to provide GCSE certificates or schools' predictions for Maths and English.



The next stage is to attend either a telephone or face to face interview at an MGTS Technical Centre: Coventry - Gulson Road, CV1 2JG / Redditch - Brook Building, Arrow Road North, B98 8NN



After an interview with an MGTS representative your information will then be forwarded to a number of suitable companies with Apprenticeship vacancies that we work in partnership with.



If an employer is interested in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview at their premises (usually via email, so please check your inbox and junk folders regularly).



If you are successful at the Company interview, an Apprenticeship will be offered (this may be subject to the required exam grades being achieved), and commence training in our Technical Centre in September.

What entry qualifications will I need?

We are keen to recruit young people who have or are predicted to gain at least 5 GCSE's (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths and Science at Grade C/4 or above. Please also contact us if you have completed AS, A Levels or BTEC National in Engineering and are looking for a challenging and rewarding career.

Do I get paid?

You will be paid by your employer typically between £160 - £300 per week. This will increase annually as your gain more skills and so become more useful to your employer.

When will my apprenticeship start?

Apprenticeships start in September each year with recruitment commencing in December the year before, so the earlier you apply the better. Your first year of training (September to July) will be spent at an MGTS Technical Centre (Monday to Thursday 08:00 - 16:00, Friday 08:00 - 13:00).

What are the 2017/18 term    dates?


4 September to 22 December 2017

Half term holiday: 23 to 27 October 2017



2 January to 29 March 2018

Half term: 19 to 23 February 2018

Easter holiday: 30 March to 2 April 2018



3 April to 20 July 2018

May Day holiday: 7 May 2018

Half term holiday: 28 May to 1 June 2018

How long will an apprenticeship take?

Apprenticeships are normally 3-4 years duration for an Advanced level and 18 months for an Intermediate level.



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