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Engineering Apprenticeships - Gloucestershire

The application process for the 2018 intake is now open.

We offer two pathways (Technical and Manufacturing) on our Gloucestershire-based Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme.  Although there are some similarities, the pathways do differ in terms of placements and where you will end up in your career.

Both Technical and Manufacturing apprentices will be based full-time at college for the first year.  The second and third years will see you starting on-site placements (through 6-month rotations) with continued day release.  All apprentices will spend some time in the Machine Shop and Production areas.

At this point placements will be based on the chosen pathway, with Manufacturing apprentices remaining within, and specialising in, an area of the manufacturing division.  Technical apprentices will move into the product divisions.

The Manufacturing route will appeal to those who have a preference for a more hands-on role, and who enjoy working in a busy, target-driven production area.  The Technical route is more ideas based, with product types and uses being created and put into practice.

Applicants must have:

• The minimum of 5 GCSEs is required. This would include a level 5 or a B in Maths, a C in Science, and a level 4 or C in English. Other relevant subjects such as D&T, Resistant Materials or Engineering would be an advantage. Please note that if you have PEOs or BTECs in Engineering, you may be required to repeat certain modules. Please ensure your CV is up to date with details of qualifications you are currently studying towards, including full titles and levels. You can include predicted grades if you have not completed your studies yet.
• A current or recent job, this does not need to be relevant to engineering and can be a paper round or Saturday job, as this demonstrates maturity, responsibility and independence.
• Relevant work experience done through school or college would be beneficial although is not essential.
• A relevant hobby, or practical hands-on skills.
• Some previous machining experience (turning and lathe work) and/or assembly experience would be beneficial.
• Enthusiasm, motivation and a positive attitude, pride in a job well done, and the commitment to put in the time and effort during the apprenticeship in order to reap the benefits when the apprenticeship ends.

Use your covering letter to tell us:

• why you want to do an apprenticeship and why engineering.
• what interests you have away from school/college or work that support a mechanical aptitude and interest in the principles of engineering.
• how you plan to travel to college and your place of work at the various site, bearing in mind that some time will be spent following shift patterns.