A young person starting an apprenticeship is a daunting thought, not only for the apprentice but for the parent/carer too.

To help understand the process they will go through as part of our recruitment stages, hopefully the information below is helpful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What types of engineering apprenticeships are available in the UK?

Engineering apprenticeships can be found in several sectors, including aerospace, automotive, civil, electrical, mechanical, and software engineering, among others. They range from Level 2 (Intermediate) to Level 6/7 (Degree), depending on the complexity of roles and responsibilities involved. To view the full range of apprenticeships on offer at Appris, click here.

Q2: What qualifications will my child gain from an engineering apprenticeship?

Depending on the apprenticeship level, your child may gain a variety of qualifications. The majority of apprenticeships have a range of mandatory qualifications or non-mandatory qualification to work towards. However, the main driver is the knowledge, skills and behaviours they will develop over the course of the apprenticeship.

Q3: What are the entry requirements for an engineering apprenticeship?

Entry requirements will vary by apprenticeship level and employer. Generally, grade 4 or above GCSEs in Maths, English and Science are often required. For level 4 and degree apprenticeships, A-levels in subjects like Maths and Physics or equivalent qualifications may be needed. Before starting programme, the candidate’s prior knowledge and skills will be analysed to identify their starting point on programme.

Q4: What skills will my child develop during an engineering apprenticeship?

Engineering apprenticeships develop a broad set of skills including technical abilities, problem-solving skills, and understanding of engineering principles. They will also gain practical experience with tools, technologies, and practices specific to their engineering field.

Q5: How long does an engineering apprenticeship last?

The duration of an engineering apprenticeship can vary widely depending on its level and speciality. Typically, intermediate apprenticeships might last 2 years, advanced apprenticeships  up to 4 years, and degree apprenticeships a further 4 years.

Q6: How much will my child earn during an engineering apprenticeship?

Pay varies between employers and the complexity of the apprenticeship. However, engineering is known to be one of the better-paid sectors for apprentices. Even so, they will earn at least the UK national minimum wage for apprentices. For more information on this, click here.

Q7: What kind of job can my child expect to get after completing an engineering apprenticeship?

Upon completion of their apprenticeship, your child could take up roles such as Engineering Technician, Design Engineer, Project Engineer, or Quality Assurance Engineer. If they complete a level 4 or degree apprenticeship, they could potentially move into engineering management roles over time.

Q8: Can my child progress to higher-level qualifications after completing an engineering apprenticeship?

Yes, progression is a key part of apprenticeships. For example, if your child completes a Level 3 apprenticeship, they could progress to a level 4 or degree apprenticeship, or they could go to university. Similarly, after a degree apprenticeship, they could progress to a postgraduate degree or professional engineering qualification.