What are the career prospects for manufacturing and engineering apprentices?

A manufacturing and engineering apprenticeship can give young people a head start in the fast-moving, high-tech or hands-on industry of their choice. Do you know a young person who dreams of working on jumbo jets? Creating highly efficient products for green buildings? Expertly handling heavy machinery? An apprenticeship through EEF could be the path for them.

Qualifications apprentices achieve

"Earn while you learn." This will certainly be one of the top answers you receive if you ask an apprentice the best things about the career and learning path they’ve chosen. After two to four years completing an apprenticeship, a young person will have not only improved their employability through practical skills, but achieved all the qualifications they’ll need to succeed. And without any student or loan debt. It’s a hard offer to beat.

Apprenticeship Levels

Qualifications achieved

Entry route   

Intermediate Apprenticeship

Competence-based element – NVQ Level 2



Knowledge-based element – Technical Certificate Level 2



Functional Skills – Level 1 (plus Level 2 in some cases)



Employment Responsibilities and Rights (for those aged 16 – 25) 

Entry route

Advanced Apprenticeship

Competence-based element – NVQ Level 3



Knowledge-based element – Technical Certificate Level 3



Functional Skills – Level 2/3



Employment Responsibilities and Rights (for those aged 16 – 25)

Entry route

Higher Apprenticeship

NVQ Level 3/4



Foundation Degree (HNC/HND minimum)



Functional Skills – Level 3 (Level 4/5 optional)



Employment Responsibilities and Rights


"The facilities at the Technology Training Centre are world class and that gives me confidence that the training my employees receive is in the right environment and that is replicated back in the workplace.”

Simon Cutler, Learning and Development Manager, Ishida

The changing faces of manufacturing

Think about your conventional image of manufacturing…and forget it.

Manufacturing today is about innovation, invention, and inspiration. Today’s most dependable, exciting, and highly skilled jobs are found at manufacturers across every region of the UK.


Watch - Manufacturing: a renaissance

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