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The right path to a real career: Information about MGTS Apprenticeships for schools, parents and guardians.

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Summary of key points

  • MGTS work in partnership with a wide range of companies from SMEs to global operators, all within a diverse range of industries including manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, food & drink and logistics to match candidates with engineering apprenticeship vacancies.
  • Apprentices are employed and earning a salary from day one of their apprenticeship. The average starting salary is between £13 – £15k.
  • Many employers give apprentices an annual pay rise if they perform to the expected levels at work and in their studies.
  • Throughout the four year apprenticeship learners will be developing life-long transferable engineering skills (both practical and theoretical) in readiness for an exciting and rewarding career path.

  • The first year of training will be spent at an MGTS Technical Centre. For the following years, apprentices will attend MGTS on a day release basis to complete the necessary educational requirements for the programme.
  • Apprentices will achieve recognised qualifications such as:
    • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
    • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering  
  • Many of the companies that work in partnership with MGTS are committed to fully developing their apprentices and could potentially offer opportunities to study to a higher level, e.g. HNC and Degree.
  • With a severe shortage of skilled engineers in the UK qualified engineers can command a high salary.

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Year by year breakdown

At every step of your journey, MGTS will provide the professional and educational support you need to become a highly skilled part of the workforce. Below is a general outline of the learner journey for Level 3 Engineering Technicians.

Year 1

Your first year will be spent at one of our Technical Centres learning core practical and theoretical elements of the role. You will be introduced to your Training and Development Adviser (TDA) who will support you and your employer for the duration of your apprenticeship.

You will learn

  • EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (10 Units)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (6 Units)

Year 2

Learners continue their apprenticeship at the workplace whilst attending MGTS on a day release basis to complete the necessary educational requirements for the programme. You will receive regular visits from your allocated TDA to ensure that learning is supported and on target.

You will learn

  • Conclusion of BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering – Year 2
    (6 Units) Day Release
  • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (completed in the workplace)
  • Work alongside experienced engineers in the workplace

Year 3

Continuation of learning in the workplace. Behavioural development and personal reviews are carried out throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.

You will learn

  • Continue EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • Potentially commence HNC Year 1 (if applicable)
  • Preparation for End Point Assessment (EPA)

Year 4

Learners will focus on what is expected from the EPA and undergo mock assessments in preparation for completing the actual assessment in the final months of their apprenticeship.

You will learn

  • Conclusion of EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • Potentially complete HNC Year 2 (if applicable)
  • End Point Assessment


MGTS aims to create and maintain a safe learning environment where all apprentices feel safe, secure and valued and know they will be listened to and taken seriously. 

Learner Support

Our Learner Support team is on hand to help apprentices cope with and overcome problems that arise during their apprenticeship, encouraging learners to develop self-confidence and independence, and to reach their potential. 

Our partnership with MGTS began in 2019 because we wanted a training provider able to afford our apprentices with the best possible start to their engineering careers.

What put MGTS above others was not only their wealth of knowledge, experience of the tutors, & state of the art facilities, but also their professionalism. Further, our apprentices speak highly of the first-class support delivered and their learning experiences, which is clearly evidenced by their increased confidence, knowledge and skills.

Such is the impression made by MGTS, we continue to grow our partnership.

Joyce Morris

Learning & Development Advisor

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently good and supports apprentices to make good progress and succeed well.

In practical training areas, the quality and range of technical resources to support the training of engineering apprentices are impressive.


I chose engineering because I have always been hands on and all my favourite lessons in school were practical. I was also influenced by the earning potential. Once I achieve my engineering qualifications and have some experience I will have the opportunity to earn a salary that will allow me to live the life I want to live.

Shauna Doran

Shauna Doran

Apprentice Toolmaker

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