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Apprenticeships

Renishaw offers a variety of opportunities for students of all ages. Take a look at the option that may suit you.

Embedded Electronic System Design/Development Engineering Apprentices (Ref.GE8589)

Renishaw is now able to offer a new apprentice scheme - for more details click here 

Engineering and Software Apprenticeships

Please note that the application process is now closed but you can still read about the schemes we offer.

An apprenticeship is an excellent foundation on which to build your future career.

A Renishaw apprenticeship comes with over 30 years of our experience and commitment in training and developing people as part of our award winning scheme.  You will gain hands-on experience and nationally recognised qualifications through work-based placements and supported education.  Through our scheme you will get the opportunity to learn from and work with experienced colleagues and be part of exciting and challenging work placements, working on real projects and products that shape the future of engineering.

An apprenticeship is the first stage of your journey to excellent career opportunities with a leading-edge internationally-respected company.

Read the case studies below and watch to the video to hear from some of our current and former apprentices and their experiences of the schemes.

Benefits:

In-house training, tailored induction programme and excellent support throughout your apprenticeship
An excellent work environment and access to ground breaking technologies
A competitive salary from day one - you earn while you learn
An comprehensive benefits package including pension, private medical insurance, and onsite gyms (Gloucestershire sites)

Engineering Apprentices - Gloucestershire

This is a four year commitment during which you will learn and develop engineering skills and knowledge through onsite work placements, whilst also studying for nationally recognized qualifications.

Year 1

  • You will be based in full time education at Gloucestershire Engineering Training (GET), a technical facility based in Gloucester
  • You will learn the basic practical and theoretic principles of engineering, studying Performing Engineering Operations at NVQ Level 2, and a Technical Certificate Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology
  • 20% of your time is spent in classrooms learning the principles of engineering, and developing maths and science skills; 80% of your time is spent in the workshop learning hands-on skills, using machines and applying theory
  • Renishaw apprentices are dual skilled, learning both mechanical and electrical/electronic elements
  • Reviews will be made at the end of year one to determine future placements

Years 2 and 3

  • You will rejoin the company on site for an extended induction placement in the Renishaw Academy, learning about Renishaw products and different business divisions, as well as essential team building, report writing, time management and other skills
  • All apprentices will be required to take placements in our Machine Shop and Production facilities. Please note there will be a requirement to spend some of this time working a double day shift pattern - alternating each week between a work pattern of 6am to 2pm and 2pm to 10pm
  • Depending on placement pathways determined at the end of Year 1, apprentices will take placements in the Works Engineering department, learning about all the different aspects of maintenance of plant and equipment or return to the Academy
  • Continued day release each week to GET to study the second year of the Technical Certificate
  • Continued study towards the NVQ Level 3, supported by regular review meetings with GET tutors
  • Meet regularly with our apprentice team to assess ongoing performance

Years 3 and 4

  • On-going work placements of 6 months each spent in different divisions of the company, to gain a broad knowledge base and determine your area of interest for your future development
  • Study towards an HNC

Post-apprenticeship:

The opportunity for continued study towards an HND and possibly a degree exist for the right individuals dependant on success and future potential
The chance to specialise in a specific area of the business

Engineering Apprentices - Miskin

This is a three year commitment during which you will learn and develop engineering skills and knowledge through onsite work placements, whilst also studying for nationally recognized qualifications at Bridgend College.

Work placements will be undertaken throughout the 3 years, based in the Machine Shop, Works Engineering (Maintenance) and Production facilities at both our Gloucestershire sites (in the first year only) and the Miskin site (years 2 and 3).  Please note there will be a requirement to spend some of this time working a double day shift pattern - alternating each week between a work pattern of 6am to 2pm and 2pm to 10pm.

Successful applicants will be required to relocate to Stroud, Gloucestershire for up to one year, in order to spend time training at our main Machine Shop and Production facilities, before transferring back to our Miskin plant near Llantrisant. A property is provided, with apprentices required to make a subsidized contribution to rent and bills.  Applicants must be able to travel from Gloucestershire to Bridgend to attend day release in the first year.

Year 1

  • Relocate to Gloucestershire for up to 12 months
  • Take part in an extended induction placement in the Renishaw Academy, learning about Renishaw products and different business divisions, as well as essential team building, report writing, time management and other skills
  • Day release to Bridgend College to study for a PEO Level 3 qualification and an NVQ Level 3
  • Applicants must have completed a PEO Level 2 in Mechanical or Electrical/Electronic Engineering in order to be considered for the Renishaw scheme
  • On the job learning via work placements

Years 2 and 3

  • Relocation back to the Miskin facility
  • On-going work placements
  • Study towards an HNC

Post-apprenticeship:

  • The opportunity for continued study towards an HND and possibly a degree exist for the right individuals dependant on success and future potential
  • The chance to specialise in a specific area of the business

Software Apprentices

This structured apprenticeship will see successful candidates working in Group Engineering Software where they will learn core programming skills, in addition to general software design techniques, such as object oriented programming, design methodologies, project management, business analysis and formalised software development processes, including the Agile process.

What you will do:

The Apprenticeships place successful candidates into development groups where candidates contribute directly through on the job learning. At appropriate project milestones candidates will be rotated around different development groups allowing them to experience a wide variety of skills such as:

  • Maths
  • Geometry
  • UI / UX design
  • Web Development
  • 3D Graphics
  • Embedded Systems

Other skills will also be taught these include:

  • Basic PC build and operation
  • Application installation
  • Configuration and management

A real career

Learning 'on the job' is key to the Apprenticeship scheme as we believe there is no greater job satisfaction than seeing your own work playing an actual contribution to real product being sold in the field. Working at Renishaw PLC means working for a world leader in the supply of highly accurate measurement solutions within the industrial and biomedical sectors. Our products* are many and diverse and we supply a wide variety of customers such as:

Biomedical

  • Neurosurgical planning hardware and software systems for the treatment of such brain disorders as Parkinson's disease 
  • Dental CAD / CAM systems in which we design and manufacture dental frameworks to replace damaging or missing teeth 
  • Raman spectroscopy systems that can be used in the identification of drugs and explosives by forensic scientists, as well as on the analysis of paint and pigments on historic works of art as an aid to accurate restoration

Industrial metrology

  • Aerospace where we make 5axis contact probing systems capable of measuring the shape of complex engine blades and parts 
  • Automotive and other metal cutting measurement systems where we make probing systems that allow parts to be set up accurately before machining and measured during manufacture 
  • Non contact data acquisition systems using lasers or cameras that allows us either to build a data cloud of an object being inspected

Of course software exists at many levels from embedded code written on chips, through to middleware (typically the motion control code in our products) and the front end User Interface software required by our customers to program our products. Our Software Apprenticeships allow you to experience all these areas and to build your skills within your chosen career.  So, if these products excite you and you want to be a Software Engineer, this is the opportunity for you.

Opportunities for career development and training:

Successful candidates will study towards a BSc in Computer Science at the University of South Wales.

Location:

Charfield in South Gloucestershire and Miskin in South Wales.

Learn more about an engineering apprenticeship

Meet our Engineering Apprentices