Are you considering a career in engineering?
Well done. You’ve just stumbled across one of the best routes into it. An Apprenticeship.
What is engineering?
Engineering is the application of science and mathematics to solve real-world problems is the field of engineering concerns. The industry revolves around the solution to problems, through doing. We might not realise it but we repeatedly interact with the products of engineering in our day to day lives. Whether it be the train you miss every morning, the phone you use to call your friends or the four-storey building you dash through at the shopping centre each is a feature of engineering.
Engineering is involved with every part of the creation process, from research to design, production and testing. If you dream of improving or inventing new tools and technologies, the this might just be the career for you.
Why is an Apprenticeship the best route into this industry?
An Apprenticeship can provide you with valuable skills within the engineering sector. You’ll gain hands on experience as well as gaining a nationally recognised qualification. On top of this, apprentices are highly employable because of the work experience gained by completing an apprenticeship. Having evidence that you are familiar with working in a laboratory, or on the manufacturing floor, or looking under the bonnet of a car may separate you from your rivals when applying for jobs.
There is a broad range of Apprenticeships in this industry. The main Apprenticeships offered within the engineering sector are the following:
An intermediate Apprenticeship, (also called a Level 2 Apprenticeship), is equivalent to 5 GCSE’s. This is the most basic Apprenticeship you can take. The programmes can last between 12-24 months to complete. This is a fantastic introduction to engineering and can lead to higher level apprenticeships, a degree, and even a career in the industry upon completion of your studies.
An advanced Apprenticeship is also called a Level 3 Apprenticeship. This qualification is equivalent to two A-levels. If you complete an advanced Apprenticeship, you can work towards a higher Apprenticeship, and might even be offered the opportunity to study for a Higher National Diploma in Engineering.
If you’re really enthusiastic about a career in this industry, you should consider a higher Apprenticeship. The entry requirements for higher Apprenticeships are a minimum of two A-levels OR have completed a relevant advanced Apprenticeship.
So what have we learned so far?
You get a real wage, experience and gain a qualification. What have you got to lose? Nothing, exactly. Apprenticeships are a genuine pathway into an excellent career industry, so get moving and check out our vacancies!