Improvement Leader Apprenticeship Level 6; a Worldwide Opportunity!

Who in the World would employ you?

With the rapid growth of multinational companies and the globalisation of every countries job sector, it has never been more important to stand out from the crowd. A level 6 Improvement Leader Apprenticeship could be exactly what you need.

The UK’s biggest company (BP) which according to the Global 500 is the worlds’ 8th biggest company has the total workforce of 70,000 but only 15,000 are based in the UK. This means the most successful UK company only has 21.4% of its workforce based in the UK. This fact isn’t unique, the world’s biggest company (Walmart) the well known American supermarket chain have 700,000 of their total 2,300,000 employees working outside of America, which equates to 30.4% of their employees. So it is no longer a case of just competing with people from your town or county, you are competing against your continent and the World!

It is important to realise this mass globalisation of jobs isn’t a bad thing, in fact it is a positive. There are almost 200 countries worldwide and now you have a chance to work for any company, from any of these countries, so you are no longer limited to a job in your local town you have the ability to find the job that fits you worldwide.

What will you gain from this apprenticeship?

From this apprenticeship you will gain a level 6 qualification, which is the equivalent of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from University. According The Guardian Only 27.2% of UK adults aged between the age of 16-74 have a qualification of this level, so based on qualifications you will have an advantage against 72.8% of UK adults. According to the HuffPost only 6.7% of the world have a qualification of this level so you are putting yourself ahead of 93.3% of the world’s population with this qualification.

As well as earning this Improvement leader apprenticeship qualification you will gain many skills, including:

  • Improved Strategy Development: You will learn how to develop and adapt your plan and your ability to implement your plan.
  • Team Formation & Leadership: You will learn how to best form a team and the most out of each member of the team
  • Voice of Customer: Understanding and explaining to a team the thoughts of a customer
  • Process Mapping and Analysis: Improving your ability to spot new opportunities from analysis, leading to an improving cycle
  • Data Analysis: The ability to interpret data, and work out how you and your team are performing, and if there are any improvements needed
  • Project selection and scooping: Establishing guidelines for a project you have identified for your team to work on
  • Benchmarking: the ability to compare your company to rivals
A level 6 Improvement Leader Apprentice with the ability to work for any company in the world
Learn how to get the best out of every member of the team

Drive for results

You will develop your drive for both sales and customer experience, inturn inspiring your team to follow suit. As you become successful you will become more passionate in your work creating a positive loop.

Team Working

You will learn you can’t be the best in every field, it is important to create a strong team mentality. You will be responsible for improving team performance and resolving any issues.


You will learn to work to the highest standard, no regardless of any issues. This is desirable to both customers, company owners and members of your own team. Professionalism displays personal resilience to any challenge and shows you aren’t swayed in decision by pressure.

Strategic Thinking

Instead of just planning for today you will learn to plan for different future eventualities. This could involve:

  • Diversifying range of product for if one range becomes unpopular. For example Amazon started off selling books but now they sell groceries, host websites and create TV shows
  • Finding new tools and planning how they could help and be implemented
  • Planning new sales campaigns

Safe Working

Recognising opportunities to improve safe working conditions

An Improvement Leader Apprenticeship, delivering you to your destination
Apply for the Improvement Leader Apprenticeship now and see where in the world it could take you.

Level 6 Food and Drink Advanced Engineer

Job Overview for the Level 6 Food and Drink Advanced Engineer Apprenticeship

If you find yourself wanting to push yourself more and wanting to open more doors of opportunity for yourself then this apprenticeship may well be what you’ve been searching for. The Food and Drink Advanced Engineer role is a level 6, Degree level, apprenticeship and will be the perfect opportunity to go further in your career.

Combining engineering competence with an understanding of the principles of food safety, science and technology their focus is on developing and designing improved production systems, which are safe to operate and environmentally sustainable. Food and Drink Advanced Engineers have core knowledge, skills and behaviours and specialist knowledge and skills in one discipline: mechanical, automation or production engineering.

Sound Interesting…?

Skills You Will Learn and Develop

  • Project Management Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Evaluation Skills

Food and Drink Advanced Engineers have roles across food and drink organisations, from infrastructure, asset care, production management and process development and work closely with a range of other engineers, functions and managers in their own company and interact with external equipment and ingredient providers. They contribute to business strategy and performance as leaders of teams.

Typical Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set their own entry requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications and vocational experience. Typically candidates will have 3 A-levels at Grade B or equivalent, including A-level in maths or equivalent and at least one further STEM based subject and 5 GCSEs including English and maths (grade C or above). The Apprenticeship as a Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer provides a preparation route for this Apprenticeship.

Apprentices must achieve level 2 English and Maths prior to taking end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for those whom this is their primary language.


To conclude, the Level 6 Food and Drink Advanced engineer Apprenticeship is a role that requires someone with the base knowledge and motivation to move forward in their career and is someone who is willing to take on more challenges. However, with the completion of this 5 year apprenticeship you will open a dozen more doors for yourself where your skill will do the talking.

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Aerospace Software Development Engineering – Level 6

coding on a laptop

Do you have a passion for coding and technology and would like to apply your skills and knowledge to the aerospace industry? This career opportunity in aerospace software development engineering may just be the right fit for you.

Career overview

As an aerospace software engineer, you will influence the way products and systems are built to accommodate for modifications as well as upgrades in the product life cycle. On this degree apprenticeship, you will gain insight on interpreting and analysing data such as code, engineering requirements and designs.

You will be expected to work both as individuals and as part of wider Engineering teams. This could include research and development teams as well as other teams from different engineering disciplines. 

Entry criteria

These entry requirements are subject to change depending on individual employers, however, a typical apprentice will have already completed at least two STEM-based subjects at A-level standard or an equivalent. These include subjects such as Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Computing, Chemistry and Biology, while achieving 96 UCAS points or above.

This would be alongside 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or a grade C and above including Maths, English and Double Science.

Additionally, apprentices without Level 2 Maths and English must achieve these qualifications before taking the end-point assessment.

While the timeframe may vary the typical duration of this apprenticeship is 48 months. This can be reduced if the student has already demonstrated expertise in this discipline or has prior experience in it.

Skills you will learn on your Aerospace Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

  1. Degree apprentices will be able to define all stages of the software lifecycle, as well as the interactions between them.
  2. Apprentices will learn about the procedures and tools that are used to control the change and modification of software products.
  3. Develop and apply algorithms, including specification, design, and implementation.
  4. Apprentices will use the standard methodologies for software production and the toolsets that assist efficient development to apply appropriate engineering operations and toolsets.
  5. Analytic approaches (engineering mathematics): apprentices will use mathematics to reason about software properties such as safety and performance.
  6. Apply Systems Engineering principles: apprentices will learn the criteria for making architectural decisions in order to get the best possible solution for potentially competing system goals.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency with “Modelling & Simulation” software: apprentices will learn how to use “Modelling” toolsets to develop software more rapidly and reliably.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of code, design, and requirements documentation by reading and interpreting software engineering data.
  9. Apprentices will apply systematic approaches to identify and reduce waste and inefficiencies in their software production activities, using business improvement strategies to ensure the optimisation of processes, resources, and budget.
  10. Apprentices will explore chances to demonstrate compliance with acceptable standards such as statutory, quality, organisational, environmental, and health and safety regulations.
Rocket taking off.

Knowledge Modules

In order to complete the apprenticeship, you must first obtain two certifications. These are the following:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence)
  • Level 6 Bachelor Honours Degree (BEng or BSc) Stipulated by the employer and accredited by an Engineering Council licenced Professional Engineering Institution

For the completion and final certification of the Apprenticeship Standard, all of the qualification requirements in the foundation and development phases are required.


This course is a great place to start if you want to work in the engineering industry and begin to learn while you earn.

Design, development, and production of both airborne and ground-based software for test equipment, training systems and simulators are typical roles after completing your Degree apprenticeship.

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Aerospace Engineer Apprenticeship (Level 6 – Degree)

Do you have a high level of attention to detail, excellent numeracy and IT skills, and a love of flying vehicles? Aerospace Engineering could be the career for you! Read on to find out more.

Career Overview

Completing the level 6 Aerospace Engineer apprenticeship unlocks many doors into the world of Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering: in other words, you will be able to make anything from drones to rockets fly in the sky or beyond.

The duration of this degree apprenticeship is typically 48 months; however, this will vary based on factors such as job role, prior qualifications, etc.

Specific careers titles that are typical of this degree include Aircraft Mechanic, Aerospace Engineer, Aircraft Engineer and Advanced Aircraft Manufacturer. The average salary for careers in Aerospace Engineering field in the UK is £48,000 per annum*; £18,400 higher than the national average. As your career progresses, you can expect a salary of £70,000+ in a senior job role.

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Entry Criteria

As this is a degree apprenticeship, applicants are often required to have at least level 3 qualifications or 96 UCAS points or equivalent, preferably including STEM based subjects. An example of this could be A levels which include. Some example STEM subjects would be Maths, Physics, ICT, or Computing.

This would be alongside 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including the foundation subjects of Maths, English, and Double science or equivalent.

As with most apprenticeships, you must have level 2 Maths and English qualifications to complete the qualification, however if you don’t already have these you will get the opportunity to complete these during the apprenticeship if required.

Key Responsibilities

As an Aerospace Engineer, you will be working in research and development, testing, and production and maintenance of aircraft or spacecraft technology. It is vital that quality checks and procedures are carried out regularly and correctly to remain in line with health and safety regulations in this job role, as there is a lot of equipment and resources used that could pose a high risk.

Rocket launch - Aerospace Engineer Apprenticeship Career
Rocket launch at Aerospace Engineering Station

Core Competencies

As part of the apprenticeship, you’ll have to carry out duties in order to satisfy a number of core competencies. Some examples are:

  • complying with statutory, organisational, environmental, health and safety regulations
  • applying analytical methods (engineering mathematics – algebra, differentiation, function, geometry, trigonometry, statistics)
  • a wide range of technical skill sets that can be applied in a range of aerospace disciplines and contexts that could include research, development, design, procurement, logistics, planning, production, quality assurance, inspection, testing, installation, commissioning, maintenance, life cycle management, decommissioning, and environmental compliance such as:
    • Planning what has to be done, when and by whom
    • Ensuring that resources are available and capable of achieving the required outcomes.
    • Allocating and deploying resources in a timely manner
    • Completing/project managing work outputs/programmes to the required specification
    • Monitoring programmes of work and report progress to appropriate personnel.
    • Agreeing any amendments to work specification/work requirements
    • Ensuring that quality assurance requirements are adhered to
    • Retaining and storing documentation and records for traceability

Knowledge Modules and Vendor Exams

There are three qualifications that need to be completed in order to complete the apprenticeship. These are:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence)
  • Level 6 Bachelor Honours Degree (BEng) Stipulated by the employer and accredited by an Engineering Council licenced Professional Engineering Institution

All of these have to be completed in order to get the final certification. The apprenticeship is industry recognised, aligning with the current UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) at Incorporated Engineering (IEng) level.


You’ll certainly come very close to the common childhood dream of becoming an astronaut in the Aerospace Engineering career, working with prestige companies behind the scenes shaping the future and helping unlock much more of the undiscovered universe.

To find open positions offering an Aerospace Engineer degree apprenticeship, you can check out the Government website or by contacting training providers such as Apprentice Now. Not the career for you? That’s fine, you can find more apprenticeships in the UK here on our blog.

Level 6 Assistant Buyer / Assistant Merchandiser Apprenticeship

Do you have what it takes to identify and source the best products and services for an organisation to roll out to their customers? Are you creative and forward-thinking? If so, this job may be the one for you… Read on and educate yourself on the ins-and-outs of the level 6 assistant buyer apprenticeship.

Occupation Overview

The assistant buyer apprenticeship is typically found amongst the retail industry, across a variety of different companies and employers such as those selling directly to consumers, and those selling to trade. This job role is also found across different types of retail operation, for example online e-commerce sites, traditional high-street stores, and those who operate through a variety of channels.

Day-to-day tasks

The assistant buyer is responsible for meeting demand and business objectives by sourcing and selecting the best products to fulfil the consumers requirements. The apprentice will also need to display a variety of key business skills to analyse risk/opportunities, identify and act upon trends in the market and maximise profit. You will need to actively ensure the right products are available to customers in the right place, the right time, and in the necessary quantities. You will expand your skill-set by implementing buying/merchandising strategies to ensure current and future customer demand is researched, anticipated, and satisfied.

This occupation would commonly mean interacting with several internal, and external colleagues/clients, for example:

  • Designers
  • Suppliers
  • Manufacturers 
  • IT Departments
  • Distribution Centres

This role is usually an office-based job, however it’s very likely that there would be a need to travel for a variety of reasons such as meeting with suppliers, trade shows, travelling to stores, etc. 

In this occupation there is usually a significant leadership element to the role. You will typically be responsible for managing a team, collecting, and organising a range of products, working with a set budget, and meeting KPI’s.

Expected Behaviours

As an assistant buyer you are expected to act in a professional, and responsible manner and prove that you are a well-driven, determined individual, eager to perform in the industry. The key behaviours in this role are listed below:

  • Can act as an ambassador for the buying and merchandising function and business.
  • Show leadership skills, resilience, be commercially aware and take initiative.
  • Seek and identify opportunities to develop yourself and widen the teams skill-set.
  • Build relationships across the whole function and beyond.
  • Be creative in your approach to every task.


In conclusion, if you are a driven, motivated, creative individual, with key business skills/knowledge and enjoy working in a fast-paced ‘buy and sell’ environment, the level 6 assistant buyer/merchandiser apprenticeship may be the right pathway for you to take. Being able to build, and expand your own team, have key inputs on large-scale business decisions will broaden your knowledge, and make you an all round better businessperson. This apprenticeship opens so many doors for you to expand, and excel in your career and the opportunities just keep on coming!