What engineering apprenticeships are there?

Are you interested in engineering but unsure about going down the university route? A degree apprenticeship may be for you.

There has been a long tradition of apprenticeships in engineering, but did you know it’s now possible to get a degree qualification by completing an apprenticeship? You don’t need to pay any tuition fees, and you also earn a salary. Interested in learning more? Read on and download our comprehensive guide.

What does an apprentice engineer do?

As an engineer apprentice you will not only solve real-world problems, but also earn an above-average salary in an industry where your skills will be in demand.

Engineering UK suggests a need for 186,000 new engineers each year until 2024 to address the skills shortage, so it’s a career very much in demand.

What sectors could you work in as an engineer?

The opportunities in engineering are many and varied. Take a look at the industries that require engineers and consider which would interest you: food, cosmetics, automotive, aeronautical, rail, water and energy supply, construction, health, sport, music and more.

Average salary for an engineering apprenticeship

The average salary for an apprenticeship in the engineering or manufacturing industry is £17,440, according to RateMyApprenticeship’s Top 100 Employers 2018-2019.

Top employers for engineering apprentices

Top employers for engineering apprenticeships dominate the first three spots of the top 100, with BAE Systems (#1), National Grid (#2) and BAM Nutall (#3).

Where can I find out more about engineer apprenticeships?

Read our guide to find out more on the following areas, including what engineering apprenticeships are available:

  • Learn about degree or higher engineer apprenticeships and their perks, including how to earn a degree without the tuition fees while also being paid.
  • Find information on the different sectors you could work in within engineering, including food, transport and energy, and learn about common apprenticeship roles.
  • Understand how an apprenticeship compares with the university route and how apprenticeship levels correspond to higher education levels such as A-levels and degrees.

  • See what engineer apprentices have learnt and how they feel about their apprenticeship scheme.

  • Find out how and where to apply for engineering apprenticeship vacancies and which universities and colleges run schemes.

  • Get the lowdown on exactly what employers are looking for when they hire apprentices, with guidance and tips on what to expect from the engineering recruitment cycle.

Download the engineering apprenticeship guide. (2.55 MB)