Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicles) – Level 3

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Why choose this apprenticeship?

Taking part in a Maintenance Technician apprenticeship could answer all your burning motor-related questions. Do you have an interest in the mechanics of motor vehicles? Want to learn more about how they operate? Well, this could be the perfect career for you! With a need to work in high-pressure situations. A technician has the very important job of repairing motor vehicles and delivering high-quality customer service.

What does a Motor Vehicle Technician do?

Motor Technicians work an important role with services and reparations for light motor vehicles. These will include cars or vans. Working as a motor technician you will be situated in either a dealership with a heavy focus on one vehicle manufacturer, or an independent garage learning to repair a large variety of different vehicle makes.

A Motor Technician will engage in a variety of tasks depending on their work situation. If an apprentice is primarily focused on a dealership then they will have to cooperate with various other departments like the sales department which need to order new parts for repairs. In a small independent garage, you could be required to fulfil tasks another department would undertake. Perhaps if there aren’t enough staff in the garage one day. This could mean managing the delivery of parts that you need instead of asking another department for this order.

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Skills and Knowledge needed:

If you want to become a Motor Technician, you’re going to need a wide range of effective skills to set yourself apart in the workplace and to help you deliver a great service. Just some of these will include:

  • Contributions to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop.
  • The ability to demonstrate regard for the safety of yourself and others around you
  • Use company procedures to report faults and recommend further actions
  • Testing functions of your repair and fitted components
  • The use of ICT to create emails, word documents and basic web searches.

As well as a range of skills, you will need to grow your knowledge of the industry and workplace you’re in. Some of these will include:

  • How Vehicle Servicing will be impacted by legislative, regulatory and ethical law and requirements.
  • How to develop positive working relationships and learn the ability to carry out self-evaluation to improve your own performance.
  • Common fault types and the causes of these faults, with the knowledge to service and repair these.
  • The legal requirements of vehicle emissions, along with alternative fuels and hybrid electric systems.

Required qualifications:

Those looking to get started with a Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician apprenticeship will need to make sure they have a Level 2 English and Maths qualification. However, those with education, health and care plan or a legacy statement will need a minimum of a Level 3 English and Maths qualification. British Sign Language qualifications can be used as an alternative with apprentices for who it is the primary language.


To conclude, if you love Motor vehicles and want to take that passion to the next level, a Motor Technician apprenticeship may be just the choice to kick-start your career.

If you like the sound of this course and want to find out more about becoming a Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician, then make sure to click here to send any questions directly to us at ApprenticeTips.

Interested in finding out more about different technical apprenticeships? If so then click here for details regarding potential courses such as a building service technician!

Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson Apprenticeship

Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson

On this Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson Apprenticeship, you’ll have the opportunity to be responsible of the United Kingdom’s gas network. This consists of around 286,000 kilometres (175,00 miles) of pipeline that supplies natural gas from on shore terminals through to 21.5 million gas users.

Gas Network Craftsperson’s are employed by organisations authorised to transport gas throughout the United Kingdoms. The projects worked on could have values in excess of £250,000. This provides you with great experience in both the highly valued jobs as well as the lower valued jobs.

Typically, the duration of this apprenticeship is 48 months where you’ll be exposed to a larger team. This may include planners, designers, supervisors and managers. This will allow you to pick up recognised, valuable experience in the industry.

Job and entry Criteria for the Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson Apprenticeship

Entry requirements:

Candidates will typically have 3 to 5 GCSEs at grades A to C or 9 to 4 (including mathematics, English and a science), or equivalent qualifications


Apprentices without level 2 English and maths on entry will need to achieve this level prior to completing the end point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement. This is Entry Level 3, also British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

As a Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson, there will be 4 key specialist responsibility that you’ll need to learn about.

Firstly, you will need to become Network Maintenance Craftsperson (Electrical & Instrumentation).  You will be responsible for maintaining the controls and systems that measure, monitor, analyse and control the performance of the gas network.

Secondly, you’ll need to learn skills to become a Network Maintenance Craftsperson (Pressure Management). You will be responsible for maintaining the controls and systems that measure, monitor and analyse pressures and flows within the gas network. 

Next, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and be a Network Pipelines Maintenance Craftsperson. Being responsible for the maintenance and protection of the gas transportation pipelines and associated connecting plant and equipment.


A Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson is a role in high demand and there are a lot of things to learn considering the number of skills and experience you will pick up from working in four different specialist areas. We highly recommend taking it. This career path will allow you to become an expert in an individual area such as Network Pipelines Maintenance Craftsperson, or become an allrounder and pick up all the skills in the trade which will come with an above average salary for sure!

Top career for our environment, Metal Recycling General Operative.

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Top career for our environment, Metal Recycling General Operative.

If you are a team player, you have no issues being adaptable and having different responsibilities. Also, enjoys working in an office environment that might also be located outside in a yard, then the L2 Metal Recycling General Operative apprenticeship is the course for you.

You don’t need GCSE levels but you do need to be SAFE.

To take part in this career, you need to be ready to safely handle all types of equipment, and perform tasks undertaken in a metal recycling yard. Eg. identifying different metals, sorting and separating them into grades and understanding the commercial impact grading has on the organisations.

To enter this type of role you do not require GCSE levels, although, employers do prefer individuals that already hold GCSE grades C or above in English and maths. In case you join without level 1 English and maths you will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and maths before taking the end-point assessment.

Enrolling as an Metal Recycling General Operative (MRGO) means that you are part of the Engineering and Manufacturing occupational map. Therefore, knowledge in areas like processes, Risk assessment and legislation related to recycling will be developed. Always taking a safety-first approach. Safety is a key factor in this role, since there will be a lot of different material processing and they need to be handled in the best way possible.

Core knowledge and Skills you will gain.

This career will leave you with a large range of hard and soft skills. This are the type of skills that will make you successful in any role. Having a combination of them will open the doors for you and will allow you to specialise in other career paths.

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Some examples of hard skills you will acquire are:

  • How to handle and take care of fixed and mobile plan machinery such as shear or crane.
  • The identification of materials, grades sorting, storage, and quality control, as well as the identification of stock and grades.
  • Processes for reporting on-site incidents, including safe systems of work, COSHH, risk assessments.

Some soft skills you will acquire are:

  • How to work with integrity and safety in the work environment. 
  • Learn to be adaptable and proactive to changes according to the business needs. 
  • How to work in a team always maintaining a positive attitude and being collaborative. 

Find out what specialisation Is best for you.

After completing the MRGO course there are many career path options for you to consider and specialise in. Processing End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV), you would be responsible for handling and processing End of Life vehicles safely and compliantly whilst managing stocks efficiently.
Material Handler for waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) You will be able and in charge of separating and processing different metals of vastly different value safely, quickly and affectively around the site and handling Large Domestic Appliances (LDA).


Material Recycling General Operative is a role in high demand, it is hard work, and there are a lot of things to learn, but, considering the amount of skills and knowhow you will acquire after finishing this course. We highly recommend taking it. This career path will allow you to never get bored and also gain experience in areas that not many people have knowledge about, making you a key individual for the industry. Consequently you are in a good position of making a much better living then in other career paths.

For more in depth information about this topic, check out this post on Materia Recycling General Operative.

Building Services Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Are you interested in working in the construction and engineering industry? Do you want to build the environments in which we live and work? Whilst also gaining a Level 3 engineering apprenticeship? If so, this may be the role you’ve been looking for.


Building services engineers typically work for clients, consultancies, contractors or suppliers and manufacturers in different phases of building services projects. Technicians will support each organisation type in different

As a technician, you will work on a variety of buildings across the built environment. This includes residential, schools, healthcare facilities and hospitals, retail outlets, offices, restaurants, cinemas, museums etc. Also, infrastructure projects such as transport hubs, stations, ports, airports, power plants, water, and waste facilities.

Your purpose will be to bring life to and connect the buildings we live and work in and ensure they meet the needs of those they need to accommodate. In addition to providing comfort, safety, and efficiency in compliance with environmental safety.

You will assist in the delivery of building services which can be mechanical (heating, ventilation, and cooling), electrical (power, lighting etc), and public health (water services and drainage).

Responsibilities and requirements of the role:

  • Consider the safety and security for both people and equipment throughout buildings
  • Review the efficiency and sustainability of a project e.g. energy usage, water supply and management and communication networks which aid integrated systems and buildings.
  • Examine the comfort and control of a project like heating, ventilation, lighting, acoustics etc.
  • Apply engineering principles and techniques in the preparation, production and presentation of diagrams and documentation related to the engineering solutions
  • Use a range of tools and techniques, including analysis software and digital data modelling systems to assess and secure management of the engineering information.
  • Contribute to planning, designing, programming, management and delivery of engineering activities whilst adhering to timescales and budgets.
  • Assist in site inspections or surveys and report progress against project plans or technical aspects of the design.
  • Take responsibility of planning and organising their own work and contribute to the management of projects using business processes, procedures and methods of working.
  • Ability to use their own judgement when undertaking the occupational duties and applying technical knowledge, skills and behaviours in a range of contexts and environments.


Apprentices must have level 2 English and Maths to complete the End-Point Assessments. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Other Mandatory Qualifications:

All apprentices will be required to achieve as a minimum, one of these mandatory qualifications. These qualifications have been approved by one of the professional engineering institutions as meeting the learning outcomes for Engineering Technician (EngTech). Other qualifications may be added at a later date, but must achieve approval from one of the professional engineering institutions licenced by the Engineering Council and meet the Institute’s criteria for inclusion.

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Building Services Engineering. Level: 3. Ofqual regulated.
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Building Services Engineering. Level: 3. Ofqual regulated.
  • EAL Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification. Level: 3. Ofqual regulated.
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge). Level: 3. Ofqual regulated.
  • City and Guilds Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification. Level: 3. Ofqual regulated.

Professional recognition

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • Engineering Council for Engineering Technician (EngTech)

Additional details

Occupational Level: 3

Duration (months): 32

Review: This apprenticeship standard will be reviewed after three years

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Dual Fuel Meter Installer Apprenticeship

Level 2 Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer Apprenticeship

Level 2 Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer Apprenticeship

Are you disciplined, responsible, and professional with excellent customer service skills? The Level 2 Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer apprenticeship might be for you. As a job the role can be physical, involve working at heights and in small spaces. This occupation also requires high levels of safety adherence and attention to detail.

Interested? Read on to learn more about the entry criteria, apprenticeship, and how to apply.

Entry Criteria for Level 2 Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer

Employers will set their own entry requirements for the apprenticeship, but these will include: a background check and a minimum of 2-4 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths & English.

Knowledge & Skills

During the apprenticeship you will learn many new procedures and skills. Below is a taster but you can get more details HERE.

  • Install, change and remove smart meter systems and equipment.
  • Knowledge of smart meters and be able to advise the customers on their usage.
  • Study current Health, Safety and Environmental rules and regulations needed to work in the gas and power industries.
  • Electrical and mechanical studies and how they apply to your day-to-day work environment.
  • How to use tools, equipment and personal protective equipment in a safe and correct manner.
  • Work with focus and clear purpose in all conditions and locations.
  • Be able to work alone.
  • Safely adapt working methods to reflect changes in working conditions.
  • Carry out risk assessments to ensure safety of yourself, the customer and property.
  • Have knowledge of current rules and regulations.
  • Understand different customer needs.
  • Know the company rules, policies and procedures as set out by the employer.
  • Have respect for the customer and place of work.
  • Identify when a situation is unsafe and what to do about it.
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Level 2 Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer Behaviours

To succeed in the apprenticeship, you must display certain behaviours. As a priority you will have the personal wellbeing and safety of others always in mind. You will be risk aware and able to reduce risk by checking and monitoring information. This is done in line with strict rules and regulations. Being energy aware and able to deliver advice to customers is also important.

You will also need to be polite, professional and courteous to all customers and members of the public. Safeguarding customer welfare and recognising vulnerabilities in a key behaviour. A responsibility to maintain and develop personal learning plans is also required.

Qualifications & Duration

The apprenticeship is a level 2 qualification and typically takes 14 months. During the course you will have workplace observations, customer reviews and progress reviews to keep you on track. When you complete the apprenticeship, you are assessed both on a portfolio of work as well as an interview. Grading is given as a fail, pass or distinction. To be able to complete the qualification you will need to be assessed against, and achieve registration on, the Gas Safe® Register and Meter Operators Code of Practice Agreement (MOCoPA).

Once you have passed your apprenticeship you can apply for membership at the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).


Level 2 Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer apprenticeship is ideal if you have an eye for detail, are happy to work alone as much as in a team and are confident in dealing with the public. The work done is part of the governments mandate to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy management. This area of expertise is only going to grow as we change the way we use energy in the future.

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If you are interested in learning more about the Level 2 Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer apprenticeship, click one of the following links:

Institute for Apprenticeships – Level 2 Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer – Overview
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Level 3 Vehicle Damage Paint Technician

Overview of the Vehicle Damage Paint Technician role:

  • Preparing, spraying and finishing vehicles that have been involved in collisions and other incidents.

Typical Job Titles of the Vehicle Damage Paint Technician role:

  • Painters
  • Vehicle Paint Sprayer
  • Paint Technician
  • Prepper/Painter
  • Refinish Technician
  • Car Sprayer
  • Applications Technician

Occupational Profile: 

  • Works in the vehicle body repair sector of the motor industry
  • Role is to prepare, spray and finish vehicles that have been involved in collisions and other incidents in an efficient manner
  • Making sure the correct colour matches the final finish to the company and customers exacting standards
  • Have an understanding of the general principles of spray painting technology, paint composition, paint mixing and the various methods of paint spraying vehicles
  • Prepare vehicles fully before painting to include masking, sanding and other necessary preparation work
  • Responsible for keeping all company tools and equipment safe and in a clean, workable condition paying particular attention to the reduction of any fire hazards.
  • The role includes repair, surface preparation and painting to the manufacturer paint specification. 
  • Be able to demonstrate colour identification and select the correct materials such as primers, base coats and lacquers applied using spray equipment and utilising modern drying/curing techniques such as Ultra Violet (UV), Infrared and catalytic solutions used in the refinishing of vehicles.
  • Create a safe environment working efficiently and reducing waste.
  • They usually work as part of a team and under supervision

Expert working Knowledge and understanding of:

  • Automotive refinishing materials such as paint and fillers and their application techniques to deliver quality results
  • Drying and curing techniques use in the finishing of vehicles
  • Body Paint Repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process, for example, mixing systems, spray guns and nozzles
  • Substrates such as metal (Steel/Alloy) along with carbon fibre & glass reinforced plastic to select the correct refinish process and materials
  • Safe handling and risks in the management of solvents, high voltage components, conventional and alternate fueled vehicles and other areas of significant risk
  • Calculation and estimation of paint volume requirements per job
  • Health & Safety and compliance requirements of a collision repair business, such as control of substances.
  • Their direct commercial productivity and efficiency impact of their role within the whole repair process such as understanding causes for paint defects to reduce waste and the techniques required to prevent these e.g. paint runs. The impact of rework on resources and reputation.
  • The quality control process and the implications of poor quality repairs.


  • Have the ability to undertake appropriate job preparation prior to commencing repair, for example, substrate surface preparation, paint volume calculation etc.
  • Be able to correctly identify the substrate materials to be refinished, for example, plastic, steel and aluminium
  • Ability to interpret relevant technical data and methods to create paint manufactures specified application.
  • Be able to use refinishing materials following paint manufacturer specifications to reinstate vehicle finish back to high quality
  • Ability to identify and operate the correct repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process e.g mixing systems, paint booths, UV lamps and spray equipment.


  • Use all the knowledge and skills developed to carry out tasks in a safe and efficient manner, complying with all business operating procedures and policies
  • Operate as an effective team member and take responsibility. They will need to be honest and accountable when things go wrong, tracking their own progress and informing others if deadlines are at risk
  • Proactively find opportunities to learn about the wider business.
  • Commitment to customer service and meeting deadlines by being flexible with their time and willingness to take on tasks outside of their job role to ensure goals are met
  • Take responsibility for personal and professional development, keeping knowledge and skills up to date with emerging technology to perform the role effectively
  • Anticipate problems and put steps in place to avoid them, where problems do occur explore and address the cause
  • Effectively communicate with customers and colleagues.

Apprenticeship Information

Duration – Typically 3 years

Entry Requirements – Employers will set their own criteria for applicants

Qualifications – Without Level 2 English and Maths, therefore the applicant will need to achieve this prior to taking EPA.

Apprenticeship Level – Level 3 Standard

Review Date – The apprenticeship standard will be reviewed after 3 years

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Could You Be A Science Industry Maintenance Technician?

Do you want to work in an industry at the leading edge of technology? With opportunities at companies such as AstraZeneca, GSK, Ineos and Pfizer, there has never been a better time to become a Science Industry Maintenance Technician!

What is a Science Industry Maintenance Technician?

A science industry maintenance technician helps to ensure creation and maintenance of safe operation of science industry plant through the installation, maintenance, testing and repair of mechanical, electrical equipment and instrumentation. This role requires proactivity to help find solutions to problems and identify areas where their working environment can be improved. As well as core engineering skills, maintenance technicians need to follow safe working practices, specific to this industry. Work varies, using specialist safety equipment, completing shift work and working on sites running 365 day operations.  

Science industry maintenance technicians work in a wide range of companies, including, but not exclusively, chemical, petrochemical, polymer, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, engineering and nuclear manufacturing.

What Skills Do You Need?

Achieved a minimum of Grade C at Level 2 (GCSE) in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Any Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) subject.

What Skills Are Desirable?

  • Strong Communication – You will be working with various stakeholders, therefore communicating effectively using a full range of skills will be required: Speaking, Listening, Writing, Body Language and Presentation.
  • Teamwork – Ensuring you are a team player, working effectively as part of your team.
  • Independence – The ability to take responsibility for your own work.
  • Proactivity – Initiating and completing tasks at work.
  • Awareness – Understanding of the impact your work on others.
  • Time Management – Ensuring work is completed on schedule and to an excellent standard.
  • Adaptability – To be able to react to change in a positive manner.
  • Perseverance – Pursue excellence in the face of adversity.
  • Willingness To Learn! – Someone who is motivated to improve.

What Skills Will You Gain?

  • Understand and follow internal and external regulatory procedures in order to meet the quality standards set out by both your employer and the industry regulators.
  • Understand your business’s Goals and Objectives. Taking into account your own role within the organisation and how you can help to meet those objectives.
  • Maintaining systems and equipment that are relevant to your discipline, whilst following regulatory procedures (or multiple if required by your job role).
  • Apply techniques to identify and solve problems before they can arise, this applies to all aspects of the job role. (This can include systems, components, and inter-personal relations)
  • Understand and display relevant technical knowledge within your discipline.
  • Understanding how to identify end of life issues with equipment.
  • Understand and apply information taken from briefs, engineering documents, specifications, manuals and databases.
  • Input and interpret data accurately and efficiently.

Why Should You Apply?

  • This apprenticeship takes place over a minimum of 36 months, where you will learn valuable skills from your paid employment whilst receiving the specialist training from your Apprenticeship provider.
  • Upon completion you will have achieved a: Level 3 (Advanced) qualification – Equivalent to 2 A-levels
  • Salary during employment (to be confirmed by the employer) and a potential base salary upon completion of £29,000 per annum.
  • Opportunities in industries including but not limited to automotive, biotechnology, chemical, engineering, formulated products, nuclear manufacturing, petrochemical, polymer, primary and secondary pharmaceutical.
  • It’s an excellent opportunity to kickstart or accelerate your career in the STEM industry!


The Level 3 Science Industry Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity for career growth. With so many recognisable industry leaders taking on Apprentices, now is an excellent time to consider this career path. You will gain many desirable soft and hard skills that will make you an invaluable asset to the industry. You may choose to continue with your current employer or see where your experience and knowledge can take you in the industry. There is also further opportunity to study with at a higher level with an example of a Level 6 Science Industry Process Plant Engineer building upon the skills gained at level 3 to help design and manufacture chemical, biological or science-based technologies. The options and opportunities within the industry continue to grow as more resources are invested into apprenticeships, with both employers and apprentices seeing a bright future in the industry!

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Level 7 Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship

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Well, what now? The path through higher education has been the traditional route for engineers for the past 30 years, but what happens next? Here at ApprenticeTips, we think it’s time to debunk this conventional route to work and give postgraduate engineers the opportunity to explore a path more suited to them to kick start their career.


Duration- Typically 24-30 months (this does not include EPA period)
Qualification- Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering Competence
Funding- Maximum funding of £27,000
Sector- Engineering and manufacturing

The engineering sector is vital to the UKs economic status and produces over one quarter of the UKs total GBP. With the engineering sector ever growing, so has the demand for engineers. Employers need over 180k people with engineering skills each year to help meet this requirement we need to double the number of graduates entering the industry. Our universities currently produce about 25k engineering and technology first degrees each year meaning the Post Graduate Engineer Training Standard will be critical in meeting the sector’s future skills needs. This is an amazing opportunity for postgraduates to get involved and start their career in a respective and professional work environment.

The Role

The new Level 7 Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship offers amazing opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge in a highly-regarded postgraduate programme to develop your engineering competence. Further your ability in a real life working environment and earn while you learn! You will work in a range of areas that cover a variety of engineering disciplines including:

  1. Research and Development Engineer
  2. Design and Development Engineer
  3. Systems Integration Engineer
  4. Quality Assurance/Compliance Engineer
  5. Test / Qualification Engineer
  6. Manufacture / Production Engineer
  7. Maintenance / Test Engineer
  8. Product Support (inc logistics) Engineer
  9. Decommissioning/ Disposal Engineer
  10. Supply Chain/Procurement
  11. Engineering Business Manager

Post Graduate Engineers will develop solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies through innovation, creativity, change and may have technical accountability for complex systems with their associated risks. You will have the opportunity to work in a wide range of specialised roles, developing your skills, knowledge and experience.

Skill and Knowledge Requirements

As a post graduate engineer, you should be able to demonstrate:


  • The theoretical knowledge to solve problems in existing and emerging technologies and applying and developing analytical techniques
  • Understanding of business and commercial needs/constraints
  • knowledge and understanding of own competencies capabilities and limitations
  • Understanding of financial responsibilities and authorisation processes
  • Understanding of technical sign off responsibilities and who within their organisation needs to be involved in the sign off of product/processes


  • Safe working practices and an understanding of technical governance and quality management
  • Compliance with legislation and codes but be able to seek improvements
  • Practical competence to deliver innovative products and services
  • Technical responsibility for complex engineering systems
  • the skill sets necessary to develop other technical staff

Entry Requirements

Every employer has their own recruitment and selection criteria requirements. However, in order to optimise success for yourself, make sure you have a recognised Bachelors Level Degree or equivalent such as BEng or BSc in a STEM subject. You must have at least a level 2 in English and Math before the End Point Assessment.

This Postgraduate Engineer Training Apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for postgrad engineers looking to enhance their knowledge and kick start their career. You will have the opportunity to work in a wide range of specialised roles, developing your skills, knowledge and experience. Earn a professionally recongised qualification that aligns with the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) at Chartered Engineer (CEng) level. If you want to find more information and resources about our postgrad apprenticeships, click here.

All You Need To Know About Nuclear Scientist and Nuclear Engineering Integrated Degree Apprenticeships!

A Nuclear Engineer (or a Nuclear Scientist) can fall under many names; Physicist, Research Scientist, Quality Engineer… This role is certainly not limited, nor is it small. If you have a knack for engineering and want to explore the scientific side of things, then look no further – we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about joining a Nuclear Engineering apprenticeship!

In this blog, we’re going to delve into a Level 6 apprenticeship, otherwise known as an ‘Integrated Degree’. This apprenticeship will typically last around 3-5 years, to offer a balance between hands on, work-based experience and academic time. Degree apprenticeships are great to go about learning your role in an exclusive hands-on way, at the same time as receiving academic achievement.

Jobs and entry criteria for Nuclear and Scientific Engineers

A Nuclear Engineering Apprenticeship means you’ll will be able to operate in high tech, complex environments safely, and will have a solid, core knowledge on engineering and scientific principles and practices. This role branches out into all aspect and will certainly keep you on your toes. You’ll be dabbling in (but not limited to): design, operation management, plant performance enhancements and maintenance of safety standards. It will be a constant role of realizing any issues, and adapting and overcoming with analytical thinking and new, innovative solutions. This role typically lands at around £20K – £35K per annum. Company dependent, can be even higher as you gain experience. Nuclear engineering apprenticeships take passion and dedication, as well as the willingness to learn.

Typically, to land yourself as a Nuclear Scientist and Nuclear Engineer, it will be dependent on the company employing you. Here’s what we have as a baseline…

  • Five passed GCSE’s (C or above) in Maths, English and at least one Science.
  • Usually, applicants have at least 96 UCAS points
  • Alternatively, an existing and applicable Level 3 Apprenticeship.

It is also useful to get prior relevant experience where possible. After completing this apprenticeship, the candidate will hold a Level 6 qualification – equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree.

What are the Nuclear Engineering apprenticeships’ key responsibilities?

Throughout your role, you will carry out a list of roles that are all built into the job. Below are some of the typical roles you can be expected to fill. However, they are not limited to this list. There’s always something new on the job!

Some examples are:

  • Working competently and technically to observe and monitor health, understand, and carry out risk assessments and safeguard
  • To be able to use and apply engineering and scientific principles to problems and solve them
  • Specify, manage, conduct and report on nuclear projects
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Regulatory requirements within your role and internationally
  • Apply the standards for nuclear professional practice – as required by the industry

This list doesn’t touch all bases, but gives a solid idea of the kind of work you’ll be undertaking. To find out more info about the kind of work you’ll be doing, check here!

Engineering apprenticeships take concentration, a willingness to learn and get hands on, and the ability to monitor your own work.

What are your core competencies?

As you work through your role, you’ll (of course!) need to follow and learn certain behaviours/competencies. Typically, this position will consist of:

  • Communicating effectively with your surrounding peers with specific language and knowledge.
  • Work reliantly, autonomously, and effectively with those around you
  • Demonstrate supportive and committed behaviour, and understand consequences
  • Take on the responsibility to challenge any unsafe or irregular behaviours and conditions in the workplace, and understand the risk of such
  • Manage time effectively and personally

Of course, there’s more behaviours to understand as you work through the role; The main behaviour is to be enthusiastic. Advocate for the industry – enjoy it! Nuclear Engineering Apprenticeships mean you’ll be doing a lot of independent work and learning.


Apprenticeships will always provide you with readied opportunities; learning through hands on experiences is valuable and sought after. Qualified engineers and scientists will have a constant pull of demand, and with the Level 6 apprenticeship, you’re ready with a degree and years of training. Learn more about your role! You’re also eligible to apply for professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Degree apprenticeships are fantastic forgiving you experience and on the job knowledge. They opening up more opportunities in the future!