Level 6 Degree Apprenticeships: Product Design and Development Engineer

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Curious about apprenticeships but don’t want to miss out on getting your degree? Thankfully, it’s not a black or white decision. Degree apprenticeships offer the best of both worlds, helping you to train whilst on the job, and get a degree in a relevant field simultaneously. If this piques your interest, read on to learn all about the Product Design and Development Engineer Apprenticeship!

What will you learn on Level 6 Product Design and Development Engineer apprenticeships?


In this degree apprenticeship you will learn to work on a host of production stages. Creation, modification, componentry and more will support activities ranging from early concept feasibility through to computer aided design and more. You will work in prototyping, concepting, assembly, testing, and validation in real life scenarios with suppliers and managers.

Training is hosted in a phased approach. Firstly, you will undergo a foundation phase. This will include intensive off the job training on core engineering skills notwithstanding:

  • How to comply with statutory requirements and safety requirements.
  • How to effectively use, interpret and evaluate a range of engineering data sources.
  • Organising work efficiently and effectively. Managing engineering resources when completing tasks.
  • Producing components using hand fitting techniques and producing mechanical assemblies.
  • Producing Electrical or Electronic Drawings or CAD Models using a CAD system.
  • Preparing and using lathes, milling and other general or specialist high tech equipment.
  • Applying mechanical, electrical and electronic devices and equipment.
  • Using computer software packages to assist with engineering activities.
  • Producing and managing engineering project plans.

These skills ensure your readiness for the workplace and are subsequently transferable across multiple career paths. The foundation phase typically takes 1400 hours of Vocational Guided Learning to complete. Additionally you will have to demonstrate under independent test conditions your ability to deploy your skills before you progress to Phase 2.


Phase 2 is where degree apprenticeships really shine. This development phase focuses on applying your knowledge and enabling you to work without supervision. In addition, you’ll develop specialist areas and deepen your general engineering skills on work placements. As a result of phase 2 completion, you’ll have deepened your skills in:

  • Project Management in undertaking engineering activities
  • Establishing design briefs, presenting and discussing technical proposals
  • Managing and controlling product design change
  • Supporting team feasibility design reviews
  • Demonstrating technical and commercial management in planning.

At the end of this 5 – 6 year degree apprenticeship you’ll receive an HND or Foundation Degree, and a BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) in Engineering. At the same time you’ll have gained a plethora of on the job experience with core engineering skills in:

  • Mathematics and science for engineers.
  • Materials and manufacture.
  • Mechanical/electrical and electronic principles and applications.
  • Statics and dynamics.
  • How to undertake and apply business-led projects.
  • Engineering operations and business management.
  • Applying advanced technology techniques.

What do you need to apply for degree apprenticeships?

There are no hard rules here. Individual employers will set out criteria for their respective apprenticeships, however, we typically suggest the following:

  • 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above including Maths, English and a Science related subject.
  • Any number of A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical and Science/Technology base subject.
  • OR 90 + credits in an Engineering BTEC.

Moreover, beyond these requirements employers in this field typically look for the following sets of behavioural attributes in their hiring process:

  • Strong work ethic.
  • Logical thinking.
  • Problem Solving oriented.
  • High Focus.
  • Personal responsibility.
  • Clear communicator.
  • Team player.
  • Adaptable.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Willing to learn.

What can degree apprenticeships help you do once you’ve graduated?

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Not only is this a phenomenal opportunity to earn a minimum of £24k yearly, you will also gain an engineering degree in the process! In due time, more experienced design and development engineers earn up to £50k yearly. Completing the Product Design and Development Engineer apprenticeship will certainly set you on a career path with multiple doors. You can work in construction, engineering, renewable energy and much more. In the meantime, to get a taste for what jobs you could be in line for you at the end of your apprenticeship, be sure to browse Totaljobs.


Above all, the Level 6 Product Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship offers an unparalleled route into engineering careers. You will have the opportunity to gain on the job experience whilst earning a stable salary. Markedly, it will only take a couple more years than a traditional degree. Furthermore, you’ll learn transferable skills. Whether you decide to work in engineering or not, this skills and the years of work experience you’ll gain will set you in good stead across many career routes. Make sure to visit prospects.ac.uk for some inspiration on what you can do with your degree. Lastly, don’t forget to visit Apprenticetips.com for information on a host of apprenticeships and links to our social platforms.

Professional Food Industry Integrated Degree Apprenticeship

The Food Industry is one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of industry. With a wide variety of Technical Professional roles! Assistant Food Technical Manager, Quality Manager, Shift Quality Manager, Hygiene Manager, Product Innovation and Development Technologist. Do these roles excite you? Learn more now!

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Why go into the Professional Food Industry?

Firstly, the great thing about the food industry is the workforce. You’re surrounded by diversity, hard workers and the welcoming of all cultural and educational backgrounds. There are plenty of opportunities for employment and rapid career development, too. Working your way up the ladder, with supporting team members and leaning all key skills on your journey.

Secondly, you will always serve a brilliant purpose because everyone loves to eat! Making people happy, full and have a lovely day by enjoying the food you’ve put your hard work into, therefore provides great satisfaction.

Thirdly, and most importantly, you will build amazing relationships and develop your creativity, logical thinking and communication skills. Above all, flourish your excitement and passion for the industry!

How to progress?

There are many ways to progress within the industry. Many start in entry level, working their way up from cleaning pots, which is great! However, starting your career while leaning all the key skills with a degree apprenticeship will lead you to further success. Not to mention provide you with more opportunity!

Check out this blog on how to take your Food Industry Career to the next steps: https://www.sfceurope.com/uk/blog/how-to-take-your-chef-career-to-the-next-level

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Key Responsibilities:

  • Learning how to prepare food, coupled with how to present to a strong standard.
  • Additionally, developing work-pace skills and how to deal with pressure.
  • Meat, fish and vegetable preparation.
  • Inspection and analysis of all your fresh produce.
  • As well as developing professional relationships with providers.

“I was extremely keen to start a career within the food industry but I wasn’t sure the best way to start because I didn’t know anyone else in the industry! I started my apprenticeship with Apprentice Now and haven’t looked back. It was the best decision I made, I have met so many people that have helped me build my confidence.

I enjoyed the training and work balance, it really set me up for success. The opportunities I had, have lead me to become a head Chef at Wagamamas. I keep my LinkedIn profile open to those who want to start their career and want someone to talk too!”

Our apprentices have started amazing new careers and want to help those who aren’t sure like they were at the start!

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In conclusion, starting your new career can be scary! But it has never been easier with the support around you at Apprentice Now. Apprentice Now are a leading UK No.1 Apprentice information site, with everything you need to know from applying to progressing, with all the support you need!

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