Rail Engineering Operative Apprenticeship

Level 2 Rail Engineering Apprenticeship Overview

Are you looking for a meaningful career in The Railway? The Railway has been an incredibly essential part of our development as a nation. Each year, over 1.7 billion train journeys are made in the UK and 9% of all of the UK’s domestic freight was moved by rail. A Rail Engineering Apprenticeship is a fantastic way to build on your existing skills and develop new ones that will be invaluable to a Railway Engineer.

This apprenticeship can put you on the path to becoming a Rail Engineer, a lucrative job that earns on average £53,425 per year (range £22,880 to £143,000).

Level 2 Rail Engineer Apprenticeship employees discussing on a railway track with orange vests
Two engineers discussing on railway tracks with orange vests

Entry Criteria and Core Skills

To be a successful applicant for this job, training providers and employers are looking for a Rail Engineering Apprentice who is aware of safe and professional working practices, general engineering techniques, how to work effectively and contribute towards engineering solutions, has awareness of commercial principles and it’s implications.

So, Core skills for this apprenticeship include the ability to understand and comply with safe working practices, willingness to prepare for and deliver a high standard of technical work, the ability to identify and report problems, to utilise tools, materials and equipment effectively and finally all applicants must possess effective communication skills.

What do I need to be a Rail Engineer Apprentice?

To be a Rail Engineer, you would be on the front line of the railway, keeping all the trains running smoothly through managing safe construction, installation and upkeep of the extensive network.

The day-to-day responsibilities of this apprenticeship include…

  • Assisting in the Construction and maintenance of The Railway and it’s components
  • Contributing to functional and operational tests using specialist equipment
  • Helping to diagnose equipment failures and prevent future faults

Specific Knowledge and Skills required

TRACK Understand the process for track installation, methods and techniques for track inspection, maintenance and replacement, what constitutes a track defect or variation, track work instructions, hot weather restrictions and extreme weather plans. Maintain the track and its environment including vegetation and drainage.

ELECTRIFICATION Understand electrical principals. Under direction: assist in maintenance and installation of railway electrification equipment and components; assist in isolation and earthing of electrical systems at different voltages and frequencies, working on live battery & inverter systems and maintaining substation plant.

OVERHEAD LINES Understand mechanical principles and construction design. Follow instructions to assemble overhead line components so to keep in line with detailed specification, using lifting and access equipment while working at heights.

SIGNALLING Understand function and characteristics of railway signalling systems, including electrical, electronic and mechanical principles. Under direction: install & wire signalling or control systems; install position and label equipment, components and cables, undertake relevant checks; assist in testing of components and equipment plus maintain and rectify signal control systems equipment.

TELECOMS Understand principles of electronic devices, circuits, data and communications equipment. Understand the types of operational constraints when carrying out telecoms installation and maintenance activities.

TRACTION AND ROLLING STOCK Understand vehicle design, construction, maintenance and operation. Under direction, carry out preventative and scheduled maintenance activities and follow vehicle maintenance instructions on T&RS communication equipment and check subsystems are operating correctly.

What Qualifications do I gain?

Qualifications gained during this Apprenticeship:
– Level 2 Rail Engineering (Competence)
– Level 2 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge)
Duration of Apprenticeship:
12 months

Maximum Funding available:
– £12,000
Level of Apprenticeship:
Level 2 – Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes (see below)

A Diagram showing the different levels of apprenticeships, and to what they are equivalent. A level 2 apprenticeship is classified as intermediate and is equivalent to 5 GCSE passes.
A diagram to show the different Apprenticeship Levels. This Apprenticeship is a Level 2.

Possible job titles include; Track Operative, Overhead Line Operative, Electrification Operative, Traction & Rolling Stock Operative, Signalling Operative, Telecoms Operative.

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Level 6 Rail and Rail Systems Senior Engineer (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship

Engineer on railway with hard hat

Does managing, developing, and planning for railway safety, train and traffic signal controls and fare collection sound good to you? If it does, read on to find out how you can kickstart your career with real life experiences with a Level 6 Engineer Apprenticeship in Rail and Rail Systems.

Job Criteria for the Level 6 Rail and Rail Systems Senior Engineer (integrated degree) Apprenticeship

Firstly, the job criteria typically include but not limited to:

  • Developing work proposals that are based around rail engineering requirements, scope and operational performance targets.
  • Working with colleagues to monitor and manage the business to optimise results.
  • Managing affordable and safe development activities.
  • Provide solutions for any problems in railway/safety critical context.
  • Assess and manage rail assets, equipment, process and systems failures.

Specific Knowledge and Skills

Rail Civil Engineering

You need to know advanced methods for installing and the maintenance of all rail track support and track foundations. You will need to apply civil engineering skills, provide expertise advice of how the railway works as an integrated system. Also, apply and manage a wide range of rail civils skill sets; environment, development, design, logistics, planning, delivery, life cycle management, installation, and maintenance.

Track Engineering

Similarly, you will need to know the application of rail track standards, the materials used in the railway and railway geometry requirements of the railway environment. You will need to apply and manage a wide range of track engineering skill-sets and provide expertise advice to the track discipline of how the railway works as an integrated, complex system.

Signalling and Control Systems

Likewise, you will need to know advanced methods and techniques including bespoke rail telecommunications for safe routing, spacing and control of trains and how signalling and control systems operate within these parameters.

Additionally, you will need to apply rail signalling and control system skills and produce rail signalling and control solutions for the railway industry.

Rail Systems Integration

Also, you will need to managing the development of integrated designs that will maintain or improve on the existing safety reliability and performance of the railway and undertake systems integration engineering skills in line with mandatory company and client procedures and legislations.

Traction and Rolling Stock

Furthermore, you will need to know the design and application of rail related traction and rolling engineering systems and the operating principles and interfaces used in legacy and modern rolling stock types.

Also, you will need to develop and review detailed specifications relevant to traction and rolling stock assets and obtain rail industry specific technical accreditation/licences applicable to role.

Telecoms, Networks and Digital

Additionally, you will need to know the application of telecommunication engineering systems, the operating principles for specific telecommunication technologies and the physical interfaces between assets and optimisation processes.

Also, you will need to support all rail telecommunication, network, and digital engineering and undertake company standards review and development.

Electrical, Mechanical, or Building Services

Lastly, you will need to know the physical and systems interfaces between electrical, electronic, and mechanical rail assets and asset reliability within defined safety parameters.

You will need to undertake standards review and operational practice of relevant rail asset types and approve and certify rail related electrical and mechanical and building service assets.

Level 6 Engineer Apprenticeship employees discussing on a railway track with orange vests
Two engineers discussing on railway tracks with orange vests

Additional Information

Duration of the Apprenticeship

Typically, 36-42 months depending on the previous experience of the apprentice.

Entry Requirements

In short, apprentice entry requirements will be set by individual employers.

However, for those with a health and care plan, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry level 3.

What qualification will I achieve with a Level 6 Engineer Apprenticeship?

As part of this apprenticeship, you will receive a Level 6 BEng Electrical and Railway Engineering Degree. As a result, this qualification is an invaluable qualification recognised nationally by employers.


In conclusion, the Level 6 Engineer Apprenticeship in Rail and Rail Systems is a perfect way to begin your career. Above all, you will be gaining experience and skills that will last a lifetime!

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Level 3: Power Network Craftsperson

city skyline lit up with lights and electricity glow

Constructing, maintaining and repairing the UK’s electrical power network.

A Power Network Craftsperson has the responsibility for the safe construction, maintenance, and repair of the UK’s electrical power network. They provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the county. This is achieved by working at various locations across a company’s power network.

This career exists within an industry with a high level of safety critical activities. This means there is a requirement for a disciplined and responsible approach to work. The work requires a good level of physical ability in order to access and exit work positions at height.

Entry Criteria and Skills

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, which will usually start with apprenticeship candidates attaining 3-5 GCSEs at grades A to C or 9 to 4 (using the new grading criteria), including maths, English and a science.

There are three specialisms within this occupation, these are: working on overhead lines, on underground cables and substation fitting. A successful apprentice will have met the core requirements and one of the specialism requirements.

overhead cables part of the specialism of a power network craftsperson

Core requirements have three sectors: skills, behaviours and technical knowledge. At the end of your apprenticeship, you will be successful if you have achieved all of the core requirements in all three sectors. To be successful you must achieve one of the following specialism requirements. These are: overhead lines, underground cables, and substation fitting.

Underground Cables

Underground cables are typically used in town areas with tall buildings and there are no cables overhead, this is usually because of aesthetic reasons. These cables are buried underground and distribute electrical power or telecommunications. Underground cables take longer to install compared to overhead lines but typically last longer.

Overhead Lines

Overhead lines are used to transmit electricity over long distances using overhead power cables. The first successful attempt of transmitting electricity using overhead powerlines, took place in 1882 by German engineer, Oskar Von Miller and his French colleague Marcel Deprez. Successfully transmitting 2.5 kilowatts of electricity 57km along a power line.

When working with overhead lines as a power network craftsperson, you are responsible for yours and others safety. You must be vigilant and pay attention to all health and safety precautions to avoid accidents which could be potentially fatal.

power network craftsperson


A substation is an electrical system with high-voltage capacity. Substations are mainly used to convert alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC). There are different types of substations which mainly include: step-up substation, step-down transformer, distribution, underground distribution, switchyard, customer substation and system station.

Within each specialism requirement are sets of skills which you will demonstrate the ability to work in. To read more about the core and specialism requirements, click the link:


Key Responsibilities and Requirements of a Power Network Craftsperson

  • Constructing, maintaining and repairing the UK’s electrical power network
  • Ensuring a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the county.
  • A disciplined and responsible approach to work.
  • A good level of physical ability in order to access and egress work positions at height.
  • Taking safety precautions and following health and safety regulations.
  • Being vigilant and using initiative when working in dangerous areas.
  • Able to work independently, use initiative and work as part of a team.
  • Having the ability to communicate and work with a range of people.

The apprenticeship will typically last between 30 and 36 months. As a result of completing your apprenticeship, you will be eligible for Engineering Technician (Eng. Tech.) professional registration with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Apprentices without level 2 maths and English will need to complete these prior to the completion of the apprenticeship.

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Level 4: Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician

Looking to earn while you learn with our Level 4 Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician role? Take that next step in your career and gain technical experience in the work environment whilst working towards two industry qualifications.

What does the role involve?

Working in the Nuclear industry is a fantastic challenge for someone who is aiming to work towards a higher-level role.

The role focuses on the safety and integrity of nuclear fabrications and carrying out detailed observations, making detailed records and giving technical feedback.

Everyday tasks/roles:

•Key parts of role: Working on nuclear licensed sites such as waste management, decommissioning, construction and operational nuclear plants, and manufacturing industries will be a key part of the role.

•The individual will work in a challenging environment where quality standards are paramount, and safety is top priority.

•Expectations include working both individually and with a team of inspectors, implying that independence and communication skills are significant.

•NWIT Apprentice will be required to meet the requirements specified in nuclear industry regulations, specifications, and standards.

Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician

What do I need to know for the role?

Because of the high priority of safety in the role, there are a few things the Apprentice should be informed about prior to application.

No need to panic, you will be assisted and supported throughout your journey.


• Material science: The Apprentice should be aware of the materials they are dealing with. Sensible behaviour and performance during welding process. They will gain a full understanding of the fundamental aspects of destructive testing.

• Welding Technology: Apprentices will be informed of the assurance requirements for welded constructions. Skills will be expanded in the understanding of processes, terminology, standards, documentations, and records.

• A Welding Inspection: Will be given the opportunity to learn the quality control requirements during welding and can carry out three stages of weld inspection. 

Safety/commitment to safety: The Apprentice should be knowledgeable in understanding the importance of working safely in a nuclear industry environment. Aware of fundamental principles and implications of radiation types, sources, hazards, and appropriate control measures. 

Behavioural qualities:

• Integrity: relations with customers, suppliers, and other parties. Portray professional and high quality standards.

• Resilience: Must be able to cope with demand in challenging and pressured environment and give full effort to each task in a tactful way.

•Quality focus: Apprentice can listen well, follow procedures and complete tasks to best of ability.

• Good commination: Confident in speaking internally and externally, written, orally and electronically, taking into consideration diversity and equality.

Skills required:

• Before welding: Conducts in depth detail inspections; storage, condition and certification are correct, and procedure is in place. Check condition of equipment and ensure calibration.

• During welding: Professionally, safely, and correctly carry out the welding procedure, monitoring parameter and verification. Ensuring current voltage, heat and travel speed correct during procedure. 

• After welding: They can carry out checks on appearance and identification, also known as a visual inspection. As well as non-destructive testing, dimensional surveys against engineering drawings. The Apprentice should be able to document and report errors or maintenance checks or repairs.

Additional Information

Duration: 48 months

Entry Qualifications: Employer’s state specific qualifications. 5 GCSE’s Grade A-3. Mathematics and English must be grade B or above.

Qualifications received: Minimum of ONE Level 2 Non-destructive testing method. (visual, penetran, magnetic testing, radiographic testing, ultrasonic or eddy current testing) Employer will determine.

Second qualification is Level 2 welding inspection qualification. 

FYI: NWIT will need to achieve a level 4 qualification in welding inspection as specified by the professional body. 

Progression routes: Apprentice will be eligible for Engineering Technician registration on completion of the scheme

Is this the Apprenticeship for you?

With the nuclear industry becoming more popular than ever, bringing in Apprentices to learn the trade is a great way to kickstart your career. If this Level 4 Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician sounds like the career path you’re looking for. This is the role for you! 

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• Level 3 – Furniture Product Developer Apprenticeship

• Manufacturing Engineer Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship.

Level 3 – Furniture Product Developer Apprenticeship

Furniture Product Developer

Are you ready to kickstart your career as a Furniture Product Developer? Do you have a passion for furniture, or do you appreciate a well-made couch? Furniture developers work in a large team and are involved in the design, testing, materials and manufacturing processes of new furniture development! If this is something that excites you then a FUrniture Product Developer Apprenticeship may be the right step for you!

Level 3 – Furniture Product Developer Apprenticeship Job Criteria

Your role will be very varied with no one day looking the same. Furniture Product Developers are responsible for creating designed briefs for new or improved furniture. You will be responsible for managing the process right from the design process through to development.

The job criteria typically include but is not limited to:

  • Plan, organise and manage furniture design projects from design to development whilst adhering to a budget.
  • Create suitable furniture design briefs and concepts for the furniture products to be produced.
  • Research new and existing furniture products and materials and incorporate these into new designs.
  • Collaborate with marketing, technical, suppliers and manufacturing specialists to combine furniture design, business and engineering skills.
  • Choose appropriate furniture manufacturing methods, processes and techniques to produce furniture designs.
  • Create 2D and 3D drawings, prototypes, models, mock-ups, artwork, samples or test pieces of furniture designs to bring these to life.
  • Present furniture designs to customers.
  • Collate costing information and present this in a comprehensive format (Bill of Materials)
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, customers, suppliers and other relevant stakeholders.

What do I need to know to perform this role?

This role is situated in the manufacturing sector so there are quite a bit of health and safety guidelines you will be required to follow! Don’t worry, we are here to help you. To clarify, you will need:

  • A clear understanding of hazardous materials for health.
  • To be familiarised with codes of practice for testing furniture design.
  • Basic project management skills.
  • How to find and design using the best materials.
  • How to communicate and present your designs to customers.
  • Understand the importance of developing good working relationships with others.
Furniture Product Developer Apprenticeship

What skills and behaviours do I need?

If you have passion for the field, then you’re already halfway there, but here are a few more skills and behaviours to consider to becoming a successful Furniture Product Developer.



  • Highly Organised
  • CAD modelling
  • Presentation skills
  • People skills – effective communication, collaborative
  • Product, company and policy knowledge
  • Investigative
  • Commitment to health and safety procedures
  • Integrity in their work
  • Creative thinker
  • Methodological
  • Positive work ethic

Read more about the skills and requirements here.

This list can be overwhelming but remember you are going to pick up a lot of these skills as part of your apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are designed to give you a specialist skillset for a certain role. However remember, you will also be improving your interpersonal skills in the process, which will be transferable to many different roles.

Entry Requirements for Level 3 – Furniture Product Developer Apprenticeship.

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.

How does that sound?

To conclude, if you are someone who wants to jump into the ever-growing manufacturing sector, then this is the role for you! Apprenticeships give you the best of both, the opportunity to learn and gain experience whilst earning! If you want to find out about some more UK approved courses then visit our website.

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Level 2 – Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator Apprenticeship

Mineral processing weighbridge operator

Firstly, Are you ready to kickstart your career in Operations within the Manufacturing world? Do you have great communication and organisation skills and want to put these to valuable use? Most certainly, are you passionate about being a part of a team and providing an important responsibility? If so, consider joining the Level 2 – Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator Apprenticeship and earn whilst you learn and gain experience.

Level 2 – Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator Apprenticeship Job Criteria

The tasks of the Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator will be varied; no day is the same. You will be acting as the ‘go to’ person for the operational site and have responsibilities of specific tasks for example, controlling vehicle movements, contractors, authorised personal and members of the public.

But firstly, what is a Weighbridge Operator?

A Weighbridge Operator in short, is responsible for loading large goods vehicles onto the weighbridge and making sure their load weights are following regulations. Therefore, they are responsible for health & safety of the operation, the logistics and more.

The job criteria typically includes but isn’t limited to:

  • Arranging transport of LGV vehicles and controlling logistics to fulfil the order schedule within time restrictions and shelf life of products
  • Understanding and knowing specific regulations that apply to their operation and be able to stop work if they identify a breach
  • Liaising with customers and providing excellent customer service at all levels (phone and face to face)
  • Communicating effectively with members of staff and hauliers on a daily basis
  • Weighing vehicles into the site via the weighbridge and directing them to the correct locations on site,
  • Weighing and inspecting vehicles that have been loaded to ensure they are correctly loaded and/or secured and fit for the public roads
  • Geographical awareness as well as knowledge of LGV operator rules and regulations
  • Some sites operate 24/7 so shift and night working may be required

What do I need to know to perform this role?

Not sure on what is required to perform the Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator role? Have no fear, we are here to help! To clarify, you are going to have:

  • An understanding of the hazards and risks of operating weighbridge equipment in accordance with company policies and procedures,
  • Knowledge of the importance of health & safety by reporting all potential hazards such as near-misses and dangerous occurrences
  • The importance of minimising fuel/waste and environmental impact of work activities
  • Great communication for every day and emergency situations
  • Product knowledge to be able to perform visual checks and more.
Mineral processing weighbridge operator - Health & Safety

What Skills and Behaviours do I need?

No doubt you will already have a few of these skills and behaviours under your belt, but here is what you need to become a successful, efficient and reliable Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator:


  • Operational
  • Sustainability
  • Planning and Organising
  • Clear Communications
  • Product Knowledge and Company procedures/policies
  • IT and office based skills
  • People Skills – Teamwork and building trusting relationships internally and externally


  • Professional Judgement
  • Commitment to code of ethics
  • Identifying and continuing personal development
  • Commitment to equality and diversity
  • A passion for health, safety and the environment
  • Excellent customer service
  • Proactive in innovation

Read more on the Skills and Behaviour requirements here.

Many skills across different sectors in the working world are transferrable without you even knowing. For instance, having the skills and behaviours above not only will grant you your career path but will guide you through many aspects of life. In addition, it is important to understand that communication and people skills are key. During this Apprenticeship you will learn to become a natural communicator.

Entry Requirements for the Level 2 – Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator Apprenticeship

Above all, there are some requirements to be able to apply for this role to be able to meet regulations within the Manufacturing Industries. An MPQC Level 3 Diploma in Weighbridge Operations must be achieved and for those who do not have English and Maths, this can be taken during the Apprenticeship before the End Point Assessment.

For those who do have prior education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. Please note: British Sign Language qualification is accepted if this is your primary language.


To sum up, the Level 2 – Mineral Processing Weighbridge Operator Apprenticeship is a perfect way to jump aboard a Manufacturing Career path, whilst gaining experience and skills that will last a lifetime. If you are interested in earning whist you learn and want to find out more about some of our other approved apprenticeships in the UK then please visit our website.

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Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship – Level 6

3 people looking at a laptop in an engineering environment. With text Level 6 Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship.

Would you like to combine higher level education with full time on the job experience? A Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship could be the perfect next step in your career journey to earn while you learn!

What does a Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship entail?

This Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship involves learning how to plan and launch the smooth delivery of new, exciting products. With a focus on advanced manufacturing techniques as well as project management skills that are required to launch products on time, on cost and to the right quality.

Entry requirements for the Level 6 Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

The entry requirements for the Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship are typically…

  • 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above – including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject.
  • A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3.

Future career progression opportunities

A degree apprenticeship as a manufacturing engineer can help to set you up for a great career, with a higher level qualification as well as tons of invaluable on the job experience. This apprenticeship was designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will be a competent and professional Manufacturing Engineer.

Vocational skills

The Foundation stage of the apprenticeship will allow you to obtain a solid grasp of core engineering skills. These skills will prepare you for the workplace, demonstrating that you have the manual dexterity to complete the job role. These competencies are transferable and can be built upon over time. The skills required are…

  • Compliance with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements.
  • Producing components using hand fitting, fabrication and joining techniques.
  • Producing Computer Aided Design (CAD) models (drawings) using a CAD system.
  • Preparing and using lathes, milling and other general or specialist machines and high tech equipment.
  • Preparing and proving Computer Numeric Control programmes.
  • Using computer software packages to assist with and evaluate engineering activities.
  • Producing and managing engineering project plans.
  • Producing assemblies using a wide range of materials and techniques.

The development stage allows you to hone your general engineering skills, along with new & experimental model development, component investigation & problem solving and measurement, control & inspection.

You will then progress to develop your skills in…

  • Project management and scheduling engineering activities.
  • Securing appropriate resources and managing budgets and resources.
  • Implementing, monitoring and evaluating engineering processes.

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A person looking at some computer aided design that may be required during a Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship.

Academic Knowledge Acquired

Alongside a full time job role, you will cover 960 academic Guided Learning Hours during a Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree. These qualifications support the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles that will equip you with the understanding required to operate effectively and efficiently at high level within this sector. You will learn about…

  • Mathematics and science for engineers.
  • Materials and manufacture.
  • 3D Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Engineering.
  • How to run and manage business led projects.
  • Engineering operations and business management.
  • Manufacturing processes.
  • Product improvement and engineering project management.

You will then build on this knowledge by completing a BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) in Engineering. Giving you the opportunity to will expand your understanding to a higher level and undertake specialised modules.

Behaviours required for a Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

  • Safety mindset
  • Strong work ethic
  • Logical approach
  • Problem solving orientated
  • Quality focused
  • Personally responsible and resilient
  • Clear communicator
  • Team player
  • Applies Lean Manufacturing Principles
  • Adaptable
  • Self-Motivated
  • Willing to learn
  • Committed

If this sounds like you, you could make a great Manufacturing Engineer!


The Level 6 Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship is an incredible opportunity combining the advantages of a degree qualification as well as job experience in the manufacturing industry. The vocational skills and academic knowledge gained over the duration of this apprenticeship allow for a wide range of future job opportunities to progress your career.

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Level 3 Marine Engineer Apprenticeship

A container ship at sea

Would you love a career designing, building and maintaining all sorts of boats, from submarines to superyachts? If so, read on to find out how the level 3 marine engineer apprenticeship could be an ideal choice for you.

Jobs and entry criteria for the level 3 marine engineer apprenticeship

A marine engineer’s tasks are varied: from installing marine engines to working on boat layout and engineering systems. A marine engineer’s yearly salary is a lucrative £44,720, plus there’s currently a shortage of marine engineers in the UK, with 36,000 job openings predicted by 2027 (Source: LMI For All). Whilst individual employers set specific requirements for entry, a marine engineer apprenticeship typically requires GCSEs (or equivalent) at A*-C in Maths, English, a Science, and Technology. You’ll also be able to demonstrate great problem solving abilities, plus strong teamwork, IT and numeracy skills on your CV.

Key responsibilities of a marine engineer apprentice

A marine engineer is meticulous, reliable, and able to work both individually and in a team. As a marine engineer apprentice, you’ll learn about the design layout of a marine system or component, how to interpret the designer’s technical plans and data, and how to finalise the cost and time length of a project. You’ll study how to select, maintain and store tools and technical equipment, as well as be able to source, choose and interpret technical data. You’ll also learn advanced engineering skills to install and maintain marine engines and marine ancillary systems and components.

Marine engineers at work
Marine engineers at work

Level 3 Marine Engineer Core Competencies

As part of your job, you will carry out duties that will satisfy a number of competencies. Some examples are:

  • make recommendations to ensure optimal performance of boats
  • consider sustainability and environmental impacts when making, safety, quality and cost decisions
  • use hand tools to cut, drill, shape and finish components to tolerances
  • check/inspect components for robustness, fit and tolerances
  • check/test/diagnose marine engineering components to company and manufacturing standards
  • apply safety and social responsibility practices when working at sea
  • undertake basic crew roles

The occupational standard, assessment plan and occupational brief for the marine engineer apprenticeship will help you understand these and other competencies in more detail. These three documents are key to understanding what you should to do to prepare for end-point assessment.

Professional recognition after completing the marine engineer apprenticeship

After you’ve completed the marine engineer apprenticeship, you’ll be recognised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (ImarEST) at Engineering Technician level.


The work of a marine engineer is fascinating and varied, and a marine engineer apprenticeship opens you up to a career path with lots of opportunities. You could work on leisure boats, such as canal barges or superyachts, or join the Royal Navy and specialise in submarines! Plus, extremely experienced marine engineers can expect to earn up to £55,000 a year!

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Apprenticeship- Level 3 Lift and Escalator Electromechanic

Lift apprenticeship

Do you like the sound of being involved with installing new high technology equipment? Maybe you would like to know more about how you can learn about the modernization of lifts and elevators whilst getting paid. If this sounds like something you’d enjoy then we have the perfect opportunity for you to kick start your career. Take a look at the Level 3 Lift and Escalator Electromechanic Apprenticeship via the Apprenticeship Tips website.

What pre-existing skills do I need for the Apprenticeship?

The primary role of this apprenticeship includes learning how to install new, high technology equipment and also the maintenance and modernization of lifts and escalators. So of course, with learning being a key part of an apprenticeship, we don’t expect applicants to already have all the knowledge needed. Still interested? Keep reading…

Core skills for this role include health and safety, the ability to plan and organise efficiently, an understanding of electrical technology and an understanding of Mechanical Lift, Escalator and Moving Walk Technology. Self-motivation, the ability to work in a team and communication are also vital skills to succeed.

To apply for this role you will be expected to have already achieved three GCSEs or Level 2 equivalent including Maths, English and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. However, please note this differs for individual employers.

Image of escalators to demonstrate an area of the apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Occupational Duties

As part of your job role, you will carry out some key roles including but not limited to;

  • Installing passenger/ goods carrying lift systems in new or existing buildings to industry-specific quality standards for lifts
  • Maintenance, service and repair of existing passenger/ goods carrying lifts, ensuring that they function in line with manufacturer requirements.
  • Installing escalators in commercial and domestic buildings in open and enclosed areas
  • Maintenance, service and repair of existing escalators and moving walks.

All of this will make up your day-to-day activities whilst earning too! It almost sounds too good to be true.

What Qualification will I achieve?

Now for the exciting part. As part of this apprenticeship, you will achieve either a Level 3 QCF NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance or a Level 3 QCF NVQ Diploma in Installation and Commissioning depending on your pathway chosen. This is an invaluable qualification recognised nationally by employers.


This apprenticeship is a great way to kick start your career and gain some real workplace experience. Over the course of 36-42 months, you will learn valuable skills and behaviours which are transferrable across many industries. Don’t sit around thinking what if, apply now.

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General Welding Level 2 Apprenticeship

General Welding Level 2 Apprenticeship

Are you eager to jump into the world of welding? If so, read on to kickstart your career in this industry.

But first, what is welding?

Welding is used significantly and in almost every sector of industry. General welders are a high demand for skilled General Welders in industry areas such as: automotive, marine, transport, general fabrication, construction, and many more.

General Welders produce items like components for cars; ships; rail vehicles; simple metallic containers; and steelwork for bridges, buildings, and gantries.

Skilled, qualified, professionally certified General Welders can work anywhere in the world and provide services in the harshest of environments. For these accomplished professionals, the monetary rewards can be significant.

What skill requirements do you need for the apprenticeship?

  • Produce good quality welds using two welding process/material type combinations
  • Receive, handle, and maintain consumables
  • Attain a qualification in accordance with one of the following standards:  ISO 9606 / ASME IX / BS4872 / AWS D1.1, determined by the employer. N.B. These qualifications are regarded as licenses to practice welding.
  • Achieve quality of work to meet international standards for dimensional and surface inspection (Visual, Magnetic)
  • To prepare and check the welding equipment
  • Complete and check the work ready for inspections
  • To ensure health and safety requirements are reported
General Welding Level 3 Apprenticeship

What knowledge will you gain in this apprenticeship?

  • To be aware of the basic mechanical properties and weldability.
  • To understand the common arc welding processes, joint types, and positions.
  • To understand the major components of welding equipment and the essential parameters for welding.
  • To understand the terminology, operation, and controls for the selected arc welding processes, joint types, and welding positions.
  • To be able to identify and understand the causes of typical welding defects and how their occurrence can be reduced, for the materials and welding processes selected.
  • To know the basics of welding
  • Knowing the basics of welding documents


  • A questioning attitude, to understand the processes and associated industrial applications. Maintaining competence with a commitment to Continuing Professional Development.
  • Planning and preparation to ensure production and Continuing Professional Development goals are achieved.
  • Intervention, to challenge poor practices and channel feedback to the appropriate authorities to implement change.

Entry requirements:

Practical skills are considered as important as academic ability. Dependent on the employer, they will set their own specific selection criteria on what requirements you would need.

Generally, you are required to have successfully achieved level 1 in English and Mathematics and to have also taken your examinations at level 2 for both these subjects, within the period of apprenticeship if these had already not been achieved.

General Welders are fully competent in manual welding using at least one arc process. They are also required in a number of sectors, for example, the steelwork construction sector.


This general welding apprenticeship is a great way to start your career in the manufacturing field. You will need to understand the process as well as ensuring all goals are achieved. This apprenticeship qualification is a great starting point and being able to work your way up from. Once you are certified, this can allow you to work from anywhere in the world in any industry. This can be just the starting point of your lifelong career in welding!

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