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Why hire an Apprentice?

Nurture your next generation of talent, with knowledge, skills and behaviours tailored to your business.

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Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Technician apprentices listening to classroom lecture

Benefits of offering apprenticeships

  • Apprenticeship schemes help employers ensure that they get exactly the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need while growing a talented, motivated and qualified workforce
  • An apprenticeship encourages employees to think of their job as a career thus helping employers with succession planning and staff retention
  • Financial support is available for apprenticeships through the Government Levy

Year by Year Breakdown

See your Apprentice develop new skills and experience year on year, ready to seamlessly fit into your team.

Year 1

Apprentices spend their first year at one of our Technical Centres learning core practical and theoretical elements of the role. 

Employers are introduced to their MGTS Training & Development Adviser (TDA) who will support both the company and their apprentice for the duration of the programme. 

Employers have the opportunity to attend a Mentor training course to help understand what skills and knowledge are required to support apprentice progression.

You will benefit from

  • Apprentices develop the appropriate skills, knowledge and behaviours aligned to the job role 
  • Operating within a semi-industrial environment  MGTS ensure that apprentices are work ready after Year 1  
  • Training at MGTS involves developing the necessary work ethics, communication and interpersonal skills and the importance of working to deadlines
  • Opportunity to attend a Mentor Training course

Year 2

Apprentices return to the workplace to continue their learning whilst attending MGTS on a day release basis to complete the necessary educational requirements for the programme.

Employers select the next stage of training units of the apprenticeship programme with expert guidance from their TDA.

Apprentices complete the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

Assessment commences to ensure that apprentices are on track to meet the requirements of the programme.

You will benefit from

  • Apprentice returns to the workplace to implement their learning and actively contribute to the success of the business
  • Expert advice and guidance from your TDA when selecting training units for further development in the role
  • Ongoing TDA support for both apprentice and employer

Year 3

Learning continues within the workplace. The TDA will continue assessing apprentices to ensure that they are on track to meet the requirements of the programme. Where skill gaps are identified training plans will be developed and implemented in conjunction with the employer. 

If potential is identified apprentices may commence HNC study.

You will benefit from

  • Identification of any skill gaps  to meet the requirements of the programme 
  • Advice and guidance on developing training plans
  • Ongoing TDA support for both apprentice and employer

Year 4

Conclusion of Level 3 workplace competencies.

Apprentices will prepare for the End Point Assessment (EPA) with the support of their TDA.

If potential is identified apprentices may complete HNC study.

You will benefit from

  • Apprentices are ready and prepared to undertake the EPA with a professional engineering institute
  • Completion of Level 3 qualification and workplace training plan
  • Completion of HNC study where applicable

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

Apprenticeship Pathways

Our rationale is to work in partnership with employers to identify and solve engineering skills gaps, advising them on the most suitable Pathway for their learners.

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Mechatronics Maintenance Technician

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Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician

Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technicians will maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment.

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Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Technician

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Technical Support Technician

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Toolmaker and Tool & Die Maintenance Technician

Toolmakers and Tool & Die Maintenance Technicians are highly skilled engineers, carrying out complex and specialist detailed work.

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Product Design & Development Technician

Design engineers improve product performance and efficiency while researching and developing new manufacturing ideas and systems.

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Engineering Fitter

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MGTS is a Centre of Excellence for the provision of engineering apprenticeships with a proven track record of over 50 years. With a client base ranging from SMEs to national operators we have become a trusted brand within industry.

We offer a free recruitment service to source and match high calibre candidates to meet your requirements. Plus all MGTS Technical Trainers are from within industry and are fully qualified engineers with expert skills and knowledge.

Talk to Recruitment

Our Customer Engagement Team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in supporting companies with their apprentice recruitment journey.

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