Engineering apprenticeships

Most employers now recruit their future technical specialists and business managers into apprenticeship positions, to enable them to become valuable team members quickly as possible.


Jaguar LandRover apprenticesDoing an apprenticeship gives you a structured career development programme, fully supported by the industry.


It ensures you gain the skills, experience and qualifications you need to progress in your chosen occupation.


You will be fully employed by your company in a real position, such as an apprentice production operative, engineer, draughtsman or sales estimator, and receive a salary.


Have a look at our current vacancies or register your details with us.


If you are not currently employed by a company your first step is to join a full-time course.



Why study with us?

  • All teaching and training staff have worked as engineers, and the majority started as apprentices, meaning they have a wealth of real-life knowledge and experience
  • We have extensive links with fantastic employers
  • We ensure that anyone who doesn't get an apprenticeship (for any reason) is offered advice and guidance from the college. Whether that's suggesting a course to make you meet the criteria of a future apprenticeship or finding you another employer
  • We provide ongoing support and mentoring for both apprentice and employer, creating a succesful and fruitful partnership



Companies we work with...

We work with several types and sizes of business. They include:

  • Jaguar LandRover – apprentices in all departments including product development, model making and design and production technicians
  • Rolls-Royce – jet engine rebuild, plant and equipment maintenance
  • Cummins Engines – specialised production technicians and maintenance technicians
  • GE Energy – production specialists, technical support specialists and test and assembly technicians
  • Cemex – specialised maintenance
  • Alstom Power – turbine blade manufacture, electrical generator assembly, on site installation maintenance technicians
  • Prodrive – production technicians, test and development technicians



Engineering Manufacture Advanced Apprenticeship

an apprentice at JLR demonstrating a desing on a computerThe engineering sector has a long tradition of using apprenticeships to fulfil its skill needs. Our level 3 apprenticeship develops skills, knowledge and competence through specific pathways, training apprentices to operate at craft or technician level.


A broad range of engineering sub-sectors are covered, such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, marine, mechanical, electrical, metal goods and other transport equipment.


Work and study

The advanced apprenticeship will typically take four years to complete. Depending on the choice made by the company two modes of attendance are available:


Mode 1

  • First year: full time at college (36 weeks from September to June)
  • Second year: part time one day per week during the academic year
  • Third and fourth years: full time at work, training towards the NVQ level 3 qualification and completing the full apprenticeship award


Mode 2

  • First and second years: part time at college, two days per week during the academic year
  • Third and fourth years: full time at work, training towards the NVQ level 3 qualification and completing the full apprenticeship award


Warwickshire College has two specialist engineering centres at Rugby and Trident, Warwick. We also have a specialist welding and fabrication facility at our Leamington centre. See college location details.


As an apprentice, you must be employed in a suitable position.

Some employers approach Warwickshire College to help recruit for their vacancies, other advertise locally. See our apprenticeship vacancies.


Apprenticeship courses

The following IT apprenticeships are available at Warwickshire College:

Engineering Level 3 Apprenticeship Rugby

Engineering Level 3 Apprenticeship Trident


How To Apply

To apply now to become an apprentice, select one of the links above, then complete the online application form. If you are already employed, complete an application form and submit with a covering letter explaining your employment details. At interview you can then discuss course options.



View our full-time courses

Meet some of our engineering apprentices

Find out more about apprenticeships





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