What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About Apprenticeships

As a parent, you’re sure to have lots of questions about apprenticeships and what it means to train as an apprentice at British Engines. Here, we answer all of your questions from what your child will need to apply, to why our North East Apprenticeship Scheme is unique.

Engineering statistics you need to know

  • Young people aged between 11 to 16 are most likely to seek advice about a career in engineering from their parents/guardians
  • Professional engineers, on average, earn more than any other professional
  • The median salary of a full-time engineering professional is between £30,000 to £51,000
  • 203,000 people with Level 3+ engineering skills will be needed every year to meet demand through to 2024

The British Engines Apprenticeship+ Scheme

  • We’ve trained apprentices since 1966
  • We developed our Apprenticeship+ Scheme, in-house, during 2012
  • Our scheme is accredited by professional engineering body, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), which means that it’s recognised as meeting the requirements for the professional development of engineers

Compared to traditional college apprenticeships, the British Engines Apprenticeship + Scheme:

  • Teaches your child additional skills
  • Offers additional vocational knowledge
  • Provides opportunities to work within one (or more) of our eight businesses
  • Entitles your child to the same company benefits as any other British Engines employee

As a British Engines apprentice, your daughter or son will:

  • Receive three recognised qualifications
  • Attend college one day per week (they will spend the first 16 weeks of their apprenticeship at college before beginning to work in our factories)
  • Spend four days a week working in one of our hands-on engineering environments
  • Get paid from day one, even for their time spent at college
  • Learn and receive mentoring from experienced industry professionals
  • Receive personal development opportunities alongside the vocational training

To apply for a British Engines apprenticeship it is not essential to have any engineering experience. We understand that the applicant may not have had a chance to gain hands on experience yet.

However, we do have some useful tips about how to create a successful application here

Statistics from Engineering UK.