Chef de Partie Apprenticeship

A Chef de Partie is a senior chef who is responsible for overseeing a section of the kitchen and preparing complex dishes. They are also responsible for training and mentoring junior chefs. It is a challenging but rewarding career that offers a good salary, job satisfaction, and the opportunity to work in a creative and challenging environment.

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Chef preparing a plate made of meat and vegetables. The chef is pouring sauce on two plates

Job Duties and Responsibilities for a Chef de Partie

The job duties and responsibilities vary depending on the size and type of restaurant they work in. However, some common duties include:

  • Overseeing a section of the kitchen and ensuring that all dishes are prepared to a high standard
  • Preparing complex dishes, often to order
  • Training and mentoring junior chefs
  • Ensuring that all food safety and hygiene regulations are met
  • Maintaining a clean and organised kitchen

Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours

To be successful as an apprentice, you must have a strong knowledge of cooking techniques and ingredients. You must also be able to work well under pressure and manage your time effectively. Additionally, you must be able to communicate effectively with other chefs and kitchen staff.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of cooking techniques and ingredients
  • Understanding of food safety and hygiene regulations
  • Knowledge of kitchen equipment and maintenance


  • Ability to cook complex dishes to a high standard, often to order
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage time effectively
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other chefs and kitchen staff
  • Ability to train and mentor junior chefs


  • Passionate about food and cooking
  • Dedicated to their work and to maintaining high standards
  • Able to work well as part of a team
  • Able to work independently and under pressure

How to Become a Chef de Partie

There are two main ways:

  1. Work your way up through the kitchen ranks. This is the most common route, and it involves starting as a kitchen porter or commis chef and working your way up to the position of Chef de Partie. This route typically takes several years, and it requires a lot of hard work and dedication.
  2. Complete a chef apprenticeship. This is a three-year apprenticeship that will teach you all the skills and knowledge you need to become a Chef de Partie. Apprenticeships are a great way to learn from experienced chefs and to gain valuable work experience.

Benefits of Being a Chef de Partie

There are many benefits to being a Chef de Partie, including:

  • A good salary: Chefs de Partie typically earn a good salary, especially if they work in a high-end restaurant.
  • Job satisfaction: Many chefs find their work to be very rewarding. They enjoy the challenge of preparing delicious food and seeing the satisfaction on their customers’ faces.
  • The opportunity to work in a creative and challenging environment: The kitchen is a fast-paced and creative environment. Chefs de Partie have the opportunity to work with a variety of ingredients and to experiment with new recipes.
  • The chance to train and mentor other chefs: Chefs de Partie play an important role in training and mentoring the next generation of chefs. They can help to develop the skills and knowledge of junior chefs and to prepare them for a career in the kitchen.


Being a Chef de Partie is a challenging but rewarding career. If you have the passion and dedication, it is a great way to make a living and to share your love of food with others.

Additional Information

If you are interested in becoming a Chef de Partie, there are a few things you can do to get started:

  • Research different apprenticeship schemes and find one that is right for you.
  • Get some work experience in a kitchen. This will give you a better understanding of the role and the skills you need to be successful.
  • Network with other chefs and kitchen staff. This is a great way to learn about different opportunities and to get your foot in the door.
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Digital Apprenticeships

Digital apprenticeships are a new and innovative way to learn the skills and knowledge you need to become a Chef de Partie. These apprenticeships are typically shorter than traditional apprenticeships, and they combine online learning with practical work experience. This makes them a great option for people who want to learn at their own pace or who have other commitments.

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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 for some inspiration on what you can do with your degree. Lastly, don’t forget to visit for information on a host of apprenticeships and links to our social platforms.

Level 6: Space Systems Engineering Apprenticeship

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Learn more about an exciting journey into space engineering with the Level 6 Space Systems Engineering Apprenticeship. With this program you can play a key role in designing, manufacturing, and testing advanced space equipment and ground support systems. Read on to find out more about the roles and responsibilities, progression routes and assessment methods for this apprenticeship. 

  • Contents:
  • Job summary
  • Job requirements
  • Duties
  • Progression Route
  • Assessment methods

Job Summary: Space Systems Engineering

This apprenticeship involves taking a leading role in the design, manufacturing and testing of complex, high value space hardware and ground support equipment.

This occupation operates within the space industry, mainly in the early stages of spacecraft production known as ‘upstream’ manufacturing. The main tasks involve designing and creating spacecraft and their components. You are also responsible for producing, operating, and maintaining specialised ground support equipment. This equipment is crucial for facilitating the development and testing of satellites and space technologies before their launch.

Space Systems Engineers are knowledgeable in engineering fields and mechanical disciplines. While you may have a broad understanding of these areas, you can typically specialise in one or more specific areas. 

Job Requirements

Space Systems Engineers work in secure and controlled environments, workshops and development areas. You may have to work at ground level and high level on walkways, and can also work in regular offices. These environments can involve working with high vacuum facilities and high pressure gas and fluid delivery systems. 

Their tasks include addressing customer and mission requirements, conducting research and development, providing technical support, and taking on leadership roles to ensure the successful execution of space-related projects. You are required to build and manage relationships with many stakeholders, such as project managers, engineering team members, technical specialists and other system engineers. You may also interact with external stakeholders like suppliers and customers.

You may have to carry out work in compliance with standards imposed by key customers such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) or the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS). It is also very important that you adhere to health and safety requirements and statutory regulations.

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Duties: Space Systems Engineering

Requirements and Design: Define requirements and develop design and verification methods for spacecraft subsystems, including power, propulsion, attitude control, communications, and thermal control.

Materials Selection: Choose suitable techniques, components, and materials for the mission’s unique environment, such as vacuum-compatible materials and radiation-resistant electronic components.

Engineering Support: Provide engineering assistance for mission-specific and research projects, contributing insights on factors like vibration test levels and data interpretation.

Mission Expertise: Offer expertise during the launch and early mission phases.

Integration and Testing: Provide technical leadership and support for integration and testing across a range of projects.

System Trade-offs: Perform trade-offs at the system level, coordinating inputs from various disciplines to evaluate solutions and design changes.

Requirements Management: Ensure all requirements are addressed during project reviews and milestones.

Test Planning: Develop test plans and procedures, compile test reports, and manage test data for subsystem and spacecraft designs.

Documentation Management: Oversee technical and project documentation for control, monitoring, verification, and reporting during space projects.

Project Support: Assist project managers in risk assessments, budget formulation, and scheduling.

Resource Oversight: Manage resource budgets and margins within the project, considering mass, power, and volume.

Technical Solutions: Identify technical solutions for project-specific designs, materials, and manufacturing processes.

Team Leadership: Lead technical teams within projects, including line management of team members.

Project Coordination: Contribute to project management by coordinating technical staff allocation and working with project managers and lead systems engineers to ensure successful project delivery

Example progression Route:

  • Aerospace Engineer (degree)
  • Aerospace software development engineer (degree)
  • Systems engineer (degree)
  • Post graduate engineer 

Assessment methods:

One piece of evidence will be a project with a report. The title and scope of this will be agreed at gateway. You will need to prepare and give a presentation to an assessor in a slide format, and any supporting documentation should be submitted at the same time. You will also be required to answer at least 5 questions about the project and presentation. The typical duration of this apprenticeship is 48 months. 


In conclusion, a Level 6 space systems engineer apprenticeship is a great opportunity for you to demonstrate technical expertise, design and analysis skills, project management as well as essential communication and collaboration skills.

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Level 4 Asset Manager Apprenticeship

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Do you enjoy the responsibility of working within a fast-paced and organised environment to help businesses achieve their goals? Then continue reading about our Level 4 Asset Manager Apprenticeship, an exciting opportunity to learn transferable skills which could take you into unlimited industries.

How To Get Into Asset Management

This engineering apprenticeship teaches multiple transferable skills for you to exceed within an Asset Management role in whichever industry you choose, this can include energy and utilities, manufacturing, mining, petrochemicals, architecture and transport. Responsible for assets from buildings to reservoirs the role can take you in whichever avenue interests you most. After completing this apprenticeship you could find yourself in a role such as an Asset Resilience Manager, Infrastructure Asset Manager or Associate Asset Manager with salaries starting at £40,000!

So what do you need to apply for this Level 4 Asset Manager Apprenticeship? Aside from an enthusiasm to learn this qualification requires Level 2 English and Maths prior to completing the end-point assessment, this can therefore be done alongside the apprenticeship if needed. In addition, for those with an education, health and care plan or legacy statement it is a requirement to have achieved Entry Level 3 in English and Maths. If you have any questions or concerns about how to acquire these please contact us here.

What Is Asset Management?

Asset Management involves the assessment of physical assets within an organisation to ensure they meet the company’s objectives and give peak performance. A key role is to propose investment opportunities when needed and to manage this implementation. This role is vital within the company, responsible for adhering to all legal regulations while collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.

What Duties Will I Be Doing?

As an Asset Manager Apprentice you will be given the responsibility to lead several exciting projects, liaising with your team and ensuring the work is following best practice.

Some of your duties could include the following:

  • Contribute to the development of asset strategies to meet organisational goals.
  • Inform the information management approach, specifications and rules. 
  • Collate, process and evaluate data and information for assets and asset systems.
  • Conduct assessments of asset systems. Identify current and future risk of the asset and consequential service failure.
  • Analyse the root cause of asset failure and the impact upon service.
  • Identify intervention and mitigation options for the failure of assets.
  • Prioritise the asset needs.
  • Develop business cases to address investment needs.

In order to succeed within this apprenticeship you must therefore bring an abundance of organisation, prioritisation, interpretation and communication skills. If you are a self-motivated, ambitious individual then this is the apprenticeship for you.

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What Will I Learn Through My Level 4 Asset Manager Apprenticeship?

As an Asset Manager you will gain an in-depth understanding of the project management process which will allow you to prosper within your chosen industry. Examples of learnings include:

  • Asset management standards: ISO55000, British Standard Institute (BSI) Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 55.
  • Management systems for asset management: policy, strategy, objectives, plans and continual improvement.
  • Different types of assets and classification approaches; hierarchy, function and value.
  • Asset systems; effect of each asset on the system and impact of external factors.
  • Project Management.
  • Continuous improvement techniques.
  • Asset costing and valuation techniques
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving techniques.

Working through this Apprenticeship will also gain you professional recognition as an Associate for The Institute of Asset Management, recognised by businesses throughout the industry, putting you in a great position to continue your career.


To summarise, the Level 4 Asset Management Apprenticeship is a great opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the subject while opening the door to not only multiple roles but within a breath of industries. You will be given the responsibility to manage your own projects while learning from experts within the field – all while getting paid!

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Level 5 Technician Scientist Apprenticeship

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Further your career in science with this Level 5 Technician Scientist Apprenticeship 

Have you completed a qualification within science and are wondering where to go next? Do you love working in a lab? If so, read on, because a career as a technician might be what you’re looking for – and the Level 5 technician scientist apprenticeship can help you get there. A lab based role, you’ll be at the heart of scientific experiment.

Role overview 

The Level 5 Technician Scientist apprenticeship aims to give you with the knowledge needed to carry out basic scientific experimentation within a lab environment. You’ll be working in a dynamic team of scientists to learn specialised skills and procedures. This largely depends on your company’s research area. This role requires you to employ excellent critical thinking and decision making skills to improve your research. This apprenticeship takes place typically over 36 months. Successful completion makes you eligible to register with professional scientific bodies like The Science Council for Registered Scientists (RSci), making you recognised within your field. Typically, a qualified technician scientist in the UK has a salary ranging from anywhere between £17,500 to £40,000. That is depending on your skills and experience, meaning that there is plenty of room for progression up to management level roles.

Entry requirements

As this is an advanced apprenticeship, you must have a Higher National Diploma or a Foundation Degree. It should be in a science or technology discipline that is relevant to the specific job role you are applying to. If you’re unsure about your experience, this is something you might want to contact the employer to discuss. This experience will provide you with the UCAS points necessary for a higher education programme like this. You will also need to have a Grade C or above in at least 5 GCSE’s – this includes English, maths and a science. 

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As a Level 5 Technician Scientist Apprentice, you will be working in a laboratory.

Core competencies

Your employer will want you to demonstrate specific knowledge, skills and behaviours before starting your apprenticeship. Most of these you should have experience with based on your completion of a qualification within sciences already, so not to worry. Some of the most important examples include:

  • Knowing the most basic lab and scientific techniques for experimentation, including appropriate health and safety.
  • Good theoretical knowledge in the sciences.
  • An ability to understand and analyse data, using computer based tools where you need to. 
  • Plan and implement projects to a high standard independently, including keeping to any necessary regulations. 
  • Work well as part of a team, contributing to new processes and recommendations.
  • Be able to find solutions to problems.
  • Be a good communicator. Both to scientific and non-scientific audiences, be able to listen, write and present in a way that meets your goals. 

This is just an overview of the most important skills for the role. Prior to any applications you should have a thorough read through the occupational standard, brief and assessment plan related to this apprenticeship so that you can feel confident you fit the criteria set out.

Assessment plan

The main method of assessment throughout the duration of this apprenticeship is in the form of on-the-job training. There is an expectation that you will be evaluated on your skills at regular points within this time. there would be a workplace based project to evaluate your problem solving towards the end of your apprenticeship. This is to prepare you for your end point assessment (EPA). This will consist of a workplace problem solving project and report, followed by a discussion and presentation on which you’d be graded. There is also a vocational competence discussion. Your employer and apprenticeship provider would provide you with the support you need to be able to complete these successfully.


If you’re looking for the next step in your career within science, you can see that the Level 5 technician scientist apprenticeship can act as an excellent route into the lab. This apprenticeship values the skills and learning you have developed in previous roles. It aims to qualify you to work more independently in a research setting.

Competition for these roles is often high, and a recognised qualification such as an apprenticeship can help set you apart from other candidates. Following completion of level 5, there is potential for you to progress onto a Laboratory Scientist level 6 apprenticeship. This is the equivalent of a degree qualification and could open you up to progressing to management level.

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Level 6 – Control / Technical Support Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

Are you passionate about solving difficult problems? Let your creativity be free with a Control / Technical Support Engineer degree apprenticeship. You will learn and earn on the job whilst working towards becoming a Technical Engineering Graduate all debt-free!

Career progression & Recognised Professionally

This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Further professional development and registration is subject to candidates successfully completing the appropriate learning, developing the appropriate competence, and undergoing professional review.

Apprenticeship Jobs & Entry Criteria

The Level 6 Control / Technical Support Engineer Apprenticeship will help you to develop a range of key skills in technical, engineering, and manufacturing. This will help unlock paths for your future job prospects! The typical job titles include Control support engineer, Technical support engineer, and Maintenance technician. The average salary for Technical Support Engineer jobs is £37,500!

If this sounds like something you are interested in doing then you can apply to enroll now! This can be done if you are eligible to meet the minimum entry requirements. Most requirements are set by employers however this can differ. It is also important that you can try to gain work experience as a volunteer or being able to set a great impression in an interview otherwise.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. In order to optimise success candidates will typically have 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, as well as 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.

English & Maths

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.

Key Responsibilities of a Control Technical Support Engineer Apprenticeship

Control technical support engineer primarily assists in the smooth running of manufacturing activity in activities such as site maintenance. Typically they work closely with other production roles in a fast-paced and cost-conscious manufacturing environment, where complex problem-solving is key.

Duration of This Apprenticeship

Typically the duration of this apprenticeship is 5 to 6 years. This duration may differ depending on the candidate with previous relevant experience and/or already part qualified. Alternatively, this may also be a progression route from a relevant advanced apprenticeship.

Core Competencies of a Control / Technical Support Engineer Apprentice

You will need to develop a strong grasp of core engineering skills. This will not just benefit you in being able to demonstrate work tasks efficiently but be able to transfer your skills elsewhere and build on them even further. The skills that are required are:

  • Complying with statutory regulations and stringent organisational safety requirements
  • Using and interpreting a range of engineering data sources and supporting documentation
  • Understanding key performance indicators and using lean techniques to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Supporting installation, testing and commissioning of a wide range of equipment as needed
  • Carrying out complex fault diagnosis and repair on high technology-engineered systems
  • Maintaining mechanical, fluid and pneumatic power equipment
  • Maintaining electrical, electronic and process control equipment
  • Minimising machinery downtime by carrying out preventative planned maintenance
  • Confirmation testing and subsequent smooth handover of equipment and plan
  • Leading complex maintenance or technical support activities
  • Carrying out testing and calibration of instrumentation control equipment
  • Carrying out maintenance activities on electrical equipment.

This may seem a lot more complex however these are main objectives/competencies you will need to hit within the duration of your apprenticeship.

The Apprentice’s Behaviour & Attitude Towards Work

It is vital for the apprentice to have a set mindset and attitude especially in a modern high value engineering industries. This will ensure success in both your current and future roles as well as being able to meet the company’s targets. These are some of the key required behaviour:

  • Having a safety mindset as you will be working in high level risky activities
  • A strong work ethic
  • Problem Solving Orientation
  • Independent, Adaptablility, Team Player
  • Clear Communicator  
  • Applies Lean Manufacturing Principles
  • Commitment, Quality Focus, Self-Motivation

Control / Technical Support Engineer Exams & Knowledge

As a Control / Technical Support Engineer; it is important to be up to date with all the necessary knowledge. The apprentice would complete a HND or Foundation Degree which would provide the foundation stage of the knowledge elements in the competence qualification. This will support you further in understanding the requirements to operate effectively and efficiently at a high level within this sector of work. As a core the engineer needs to cover around 960 academic Guided Learning Hours, in order to have a solid grasp of:

  • Analytical, mathematic and scientific methods for engineers
  • Project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Instrumentation and control principles and applications
  • Mechanical, electrical, electronic, process control and digital principles and applications
  • Applications of pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Health, safety and risk assessment in engineering
  • Industrial control systems and applications
  • Materials and manufacturing processes
  • Product improvement and engineering project management

To confirm that you do understand this information and knowledge covered in your apprenticeship; you will need to:

  1. Complete all exams and assessments required to complete this apprenticeship
  2. A complete summative portfolio of evidence for your real work
  3. Synoptic project
  4. Show completion of required OTJ hours
  5. EPA interview

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Tips for a Level 3 Digital Marketing apprentice

Are you looking for or beginning an apprenticeship in Digital Marketing and want to know more about what apprentices should look out for when completing their qualification? Or have you started your apprenticeship and would like some tips on how to stay on top of everything? Well continue reading this blog for more information.

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As a learner, you will have a training provider to assist you in your continued learning throughout the apprenticeship. You will be given various training on digital marketing for example, coding boot camps, social media and digital etiquette, search marketing etc. These training’s are all important for your development throughout the course.

However you may find it becoming overwhelming balancing your work life with course work but there are a few things you can do to manage effectively:

  • Allocate yourself training days: Choose a specific day of the week to help you focus on apprenticeship-related work only.
  • Speak to your team and be clear on the apprenticeship work that needs to be completed for your course and some of the time you may take off due to training.
  • Speak to your training coach to let them know if you need extra time or support on course work.


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Produced towards the end of this apprenticeship, a portfolio allows you to contain all evidence from real work projects which have been completed during the apprenticeship. At the end of the apprenticeship, the portfolio is assessed as part of the end point assessment.

To ensure your portfolio is successful when assessed make sure to:

  • Use the following structure to clearly demonstrate your work: the context, the objective, the research you carried out and the how.
  • Use a navigational system to allow examiners to follow through, for example this can be a page of contents.
  • Be sure to show any achievements i.e. peer bonuses or kind message(s) from your manager.
  • Take screenshots of each stage of projects to share as evidence in your portfolio.

It is also important to develop your language dimension throughout the portfolio with:

  • Breadth: Show you understand a range of tools and methods and how to apply them in your work
  • Depth: Show the level to which these tools and methods are understood and applied
  • Complexity – the extent and prevalence of inter-related and interdependent factors in the work and how well you have dealt with these factors.

Make sure to have your portfolio checked by your training coach when you have made updates or added a new project, your coach can help mark competency you have or are missing and how to achieve them.

Log Off-the-Job Hours

As part of your apprenticeship, you are required to use 20% of your time learning. To ensure you are able to find opportunities to learn more outside of your work you can:

  • Think out of the book (excuse the pun!): Learning is not always the old-school textbook style learning; you can network with colleagues and learn more about different area outside of your immediate work.
  • Join events related to digital marketing and learn more about the industry.
  • Shadowing opportunities are a great way to learn more about technical aspects of your work.


Finally, once you come towards the end of your apprenticeship, you have to go through the Gateway process to confirm you are ready for the End Point Assessment process. Make sure to complete the following steps to get through Gateway successfully:

  • Make sure to log your OTJ Hours
  • Upload your portfolio
  • Upload all your qualifications: Marketing Principles, Google Analytics Individual Qualification and Principles of Coding.
  • Employer Reference

The apprenticeship is a great way for you to begin your career in Digital Marketing, so we recommend reading through the Digital Marketer profile created by the Institute for Apprenticeships to know what is expected of you as an apprentice. Or check out more blogs on our website, if you want to learn more about other apprenticeships we provide.

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Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship in the Leisure and Entertainment industry

Engineering Technician Apprenticeships in the Leisure and Entertainment industry - Earn while you earn

Would you like to earn while you learn? You can successfully achieve a level 3 qualification as well as full time on the job experience. Are you interested in the landing yourself in an Engineering Technician Apprenticeship? If yes, this might be the perfect opportunity for you to gain exposure in real life day to day activities!

What is the Leisure and Entertainment Sector?

Do you want to be responsible for the safe maintenance of park rides, machinery, and equipment? This is exactly what the sector entails! It is an exciting field to kick start your career and offers a wide range of opportunities that are not found in other sectors of work. Are you interested in learning about the engineering infrastructure of rides and attractions? You could potentially be working on the biggest theme parks – doesn’t this sound like the best job! Technicians play a vital role in maintaining the safety of rides which contributes massively to the customer experience.

What are the entry requirements for the Engineering Technician apprenticeship?

The entry requirements for the Engineering Technician Apprenticeship are typically as follows:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above – Including Maths and English
  • Must be 16 or over
  • Not already in full time education
  • Have a right to work in the UK

What will you learn to become a well-trained Engineering Technician?

There are so many opportunities to learn and develop your understanding of the Engineering industry! You will deliver outstanding customer user experience and gain skills in the following activities, for example, fault finding and diagnostic tests regularly, ensure all maintenance activities are conducted safely and comply with strict legislations. Above all, the qualification you will gain will equip you with the breadth of both mechanical and electrical engineering roles Consequently, you will receive two for the price of one, this is a great opportunity for you.

  • The Entertainment and Leisure industry and your role within it
  • Learn the principles of fault finding on rides and attractions
  • Principles of First Aid and supporting the evacuation of customers if there was a fault on the ride
  • Instrumentation and control principles and applications
  • Aligning to the Health, Safety, and Risk Assessment standards
  • Analytical, scientific, and mathematical methods to implement in your everyday role

Want to learn more about the industry?

The useful infographic below will provide you with a further insight into what you will be learning in the apprenticeship. Secondly, it will show whether you are willing to develop in these areas below to become an excellent trained Engineer!

List of the behaviours that you will learn doing an Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
Do these behaviours match with your individual characteristics?

Employment post the completion of your apprenticeship

Most importantly. you will be highly employable once you have completed your apprenticeship and earnt your recognised qualification. It’s important to realise that there are various roles you can go into including these:

  • Engineering Technicians
  • Maintenance Engineering Technicians
  • Electrical Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Multi-skilled Engineering Technician
  • Ride Technicians

Companies you could be working with during your Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

There are many attraction companies you could potentially be working for. You can find out more information by using the links below to find out if this is something you would like to pursue as a career:


In conclusion, you can see that choosing this apprenticeship is an excellent chance for you to get yourself in the industry whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification standard without the trouble of getting yourself into debt! Moreover, the apprenticeship will open many doors in the industry and therefore lead you to a successful career ahead. As shown above, the Engineering industry is an exciting one to be in as there are lots of opportunities to get involved in. Lastly, the apprenticeship will equip you with the main building blocks to boost your understanding and knowledge and after all become a well-rounded technician.

“The Engineering Technician Apprenticeship has been one of the best experiences I have ever done, there is so much to learn, and I’ve had the best opportunities to work on maintaining the safety of massive theme parks! As a result of my apprenticeship, I have landed myself in a full time role as a multi-skilled Engineering Technician.”

Jerry Smith
Alumni Apprentice

Any questions or queries which you may have regarding Engineering Technician Apprenticeships, feel free to head over to our Linkedin page and join the discussion with individuals like yourself who are seeking opportunities in the Leisure and Entertainment industry. Additionally, you can take a look at the other blogs that you may find interesting and spark your interest!

Level 2 Maritime Mechanical and Electrical Mechanic Apprenticeship

Are you wanting a future career in the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy? Are you looking to be an Engineer? If so, read on to find out how the Level 2 Maritime Mechanical and Electrical Mechanic Apprenticeship could help start a new career.

Two Navy Engineers working together to carry out a task.

Job Role

Maritime mechanical and electrical mechanic’s work will be undertaking the testing, fault diagnosis and maintenance of electrical, mechanical and fluid power equipment on ships and submarines.

In your apprenticeship you will learn how to test common and specialist equipment and hand/machine tools by using of a range of measuring and diagnostic equipment to check the performance of the equipment and tools meet the required specification. You will understand and comply with statutory regulations and safety requirements.

Your daily tasks will include checking all machinery to ensure the ship remains operational. To do so, you will learn to maintain and operate technical equipment and fully understand a variety of advanced mechanical systems. The role will entail working individually and as part of a team, supporting the Chief Engineer in the maintenance and fault diagnosis of all the ships machinery and systems. You will be responsible for the quality and accuracy of your work.

Skills/Knowledge you will gain:

  1. Understand mathematical calculations and Engineering data/drawings appropriate to your role.
  2. Electrical, mechanical, pneumatic and fluid power engineering technology and principles.
  3. Know the basic operation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical equipment and systems used on board vessels.
  4. Understand the types/uses and the maintenance of electrical and mechanical hand tools and test equipment.
  5. Learn how to use electrical and mechanical hand tools and test equipment
  6. Undertake testing and maintenance on components, equipment and systems, making adjustments where applicable.
  7. Entry procedures and precautions for confined spaces.
  8. Understand and comply with health and safety regulations.

Behaviours Needed

There are certain behaviours that are expected of employees by Engineering organisations. This is in order for the employee to be successful in their role and meet the company objectives. The expected behaviours are:

  • Be able to follow Health, Safety and Environment practices
  • Having a strong work ethic
  • Being a dependable employee and taking responsibility of duties
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Be able to work effectively within a team and respectful of colleagues
  • Effective in every kind of communication
  • Be honest and have integrity
  • Be self-motivated
  • Able to make personal commitment and comply with the rules
A Navy Engineer soldering to repair a small electrical issue.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships.

Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level and Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Duration of Apprenticeship

Typically 18 to 24 months including EPA period. To learn more about the EPA please see the linked PDF.

Typical Job Options

Maritime mechanical and electrical mechanic will typically work in either the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer or Weapons Engineer, or the Royal Fleet Auxiliary or Merchant Navy as a Motorman. 


If you are wanting to pursue a career in the Navy or become an Engineer, Level 2 Maritime Mechanical and Electrical Mechanic Apprenticeship is a great way to start your journey. With this apprenticeship you have the opportunity to earn while you learn and open many doors for progression in your career. You will be working with likeminded people, who can offer you advise and support you with your career.

The engineering knowledge and skills used in the role can be transferred to other entry level engineering roles in other industries. You may even wish to take the next step and commence with Level 3 in Mechanical and Electrical Maritime Fitter.

For any questions you may have regarding this apprenticeship or any others you may have seen, please contact us via email at Alternatively follow our social media for more updates, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Level 4 Electrical Power Networks Engineering Apprenticeship

Level 4 Electrical Power Networks Engineering Apprenticeship

Are you looking for an alternative to university, and want to start you engineering career? If so, we have the perfect apprenticeship for you. This role will allow you to plan, manage and undertake a variety of engineering tasks involving the electrical network, and gain a level 4 qualification alongside 30 months of experience.

Job Summary

Electrical power network engineering involves 6 roles: Asset Management Engineer, Planning Engineer, Design Engineer, Control Engineer, Electrical Project Engineer and Operational Delivery Engineer. This role will involve safely planning, managing, maintaining, constructing, and repairing parts of the power network, solving electricity network problems, and working in teams with other engineers.

Male engineer in hard hat pointing

Key Job Information:

  • Salary: Up to £27,000
  • Duration: 30 – 36 months
  • Entry requirements: 2 A levels at grade A-C in maths and a science, English GCSE grade A/B or an equivalent level 3 engineering qualification
  • Level: Level 4

Competencies required:

  • Organizational skills
  • Safe/risk aware
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork and good communication
  • Manage expectations of stakeholders

What you will learn:

  • Electrical power principles
  • Design, operation, capabilities and limitations of electricity network
  • Safety and risk management
  • Company policy
  • Time management and communication with stakeholders
  • How to produce precise reports
  • How to create project plans
  • Learn to use company tools and IT systems

Different electrical network engineer roles:

Asset management engineer – You will help develop policy solutions for customers and stakeholders. Plan and develop network reinforcement plans and evaluate and make recommendations on equipment proposals. Also identify effect of low carbon on the network’s operation.

Planning engineer – You will build plans and manage conflicts, negotiate and confirm area plans and document and communicate planning decisions. Ensure assets comply with all policies and criteria, and accountability for resource and outage planning ownership.

Design engineer – You will turn company strategies into designs and make proposals about benefits of plant and equipment to be used. You will design approvals, wayleaves, consents, appropriate regulations and costing information, and account for effects of safety requirements and standards on designs and proposals.

Control engineer – You will control the electrical network, ensuring safety and efficiency and ensure security risks are minimized. Also manage operations to ensure a safe electricity supply and provide technical and operational advice. And gain necessary Control Engineer Authorization in-line with company requirements.

Electrical project engineer – You will project manage to ensure work is delivered on time and meets stakeholder requirements. Also Interpret criteria for project designs to fit the environment while also managing stakeholder relationships. You’ll produce final construction plans, takeover contractor management and issue, review and communicate safety requirements to onsite personnel. And ensure final hand back documentation is complete to specifications given.

Operational delivery engineer – You will meet design, safety, time and commercial requirements on a range of engineering activities. Take control of testing, maintenance and inspection and take responsibility of the team. Issue, review and communicate safety requirements to onsite personnel and ensure final hand back documentation is complete to specifications given.

Engineering Construction Erector Rigger.

Learn more about being a network engineer here!

Engineering Apprenticeships

As well as working as an electrical network engineer, there are many other engineering apprenticeships available. These are also offered at different levels and vary in time and salary. You can find more engineering apprenticeships here.

Benefits of doing an apprenticeship

There are many benefits to doing an apprenticeship rather than going to university:

  • Gain experience and a qualification simultaneously and become more employable for the future
  • Get paid to learn (no student debt)
  • Learn about engineering on the job rather than in a classroom
  • Enter the industry without requiring a degree and go on to have a successful career
  • Meet people who have industry experience and network to help with your future career

Where to find us

In addition, if you have any questions on this apprenticeship, or are interested in working in a different industry you can explore our website and message us on LinkedIn and Twitter!