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Be in demand.

Our lives wouldn't be the same without engineers. From the vehicles we travel in, the electricity we use and the food that we eat.

Research done by Engineering UK shows that the UK needs to recruit 186,000 engineers each year until 2024 to meet demand. You could be part of the next generation.

What Apprenticeships do Derwent Training Association offer?

At Derwent Training we offer the Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard and the Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard. The Advanced Apprenticeship is generally considered to be the same as two A-Level passes. These Apprenticeship Standards have been developed to provide learners with the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours that they need to carry out their role within the Engineering and Manufacturing industry.

Apprenticeships are competitive and they are not like a full-time College course where you are guaranteed a place if you have achieved the entry requirements. You will need to be pro-active in applying for Apprenticeships, as well as preparing a CV and attending an interview with an employer just as you would do for any job. We cannot guarantee a placement for every applicant who applies to us. 

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. By the end of an Apprenticeship, you will have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career. Alongside your on-the-job training with your employer you will attend Derwent Training Association's specialist engineering training facility in Malton one day per week which will lead to a nationally recognised qualification. 

An Apprenticeship includes:

  • Paid employment with holiday leave
  • Hands-on-experience in a sector or role of interest
  • At least 20% off-the-job training with a College or Training Provider
  • Formal Assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification. 

The Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard and the Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard will take you four years to complete. 

What are the entry requirements?

You must be at least 16 years old to start an Advanced Apprenticeship, and there is no upper age limit to who can start an Apprenticeship. You should have achieved, or be working towards achieving a minimum of 4 GCSEs (9-4 / A*-C) or equivalent including English and Maths. If you are interested in Engineering and Manufacturing and are considering an Apprenticeship in Engineering then taking GCSE Options such as Resistant Materials, Design Technology and Engineering is desirable, but not essential. 

The most important entry requirement in starting an Apprenticeship is that you must be employed in a role working within Engineering and Manufacturing for a minimum of 30 hours per week with your employers support to start an Apprenticeship. We can support you with finding an employer to start an Apprenticeship with. 

You can download our Apprenticeship Leaflet here

What are the benefits of doing an Apprenticeship?

  • Earn while you learn
  • Receive a nationally recognised apprenticeship
  • Develop skills, knowledge and behaviours that employers want
  • Develop your critical skills that are needed in working life.

How do I apply?

  1. Submit an application form and CV. You will then receive an email from the Business Support Team to acknowledge your application. Your login details for your English and Maths Initial Assessment will be emailed to you by BKSB. 
  2. Applicants must complete the English and Maths Initial Assessment in order to progress onto the next recruitment stage. Once completed, our team will look at your Assessment results, along with your predicted, or achieved GCSE results.
  3. Successful applicants after this stage will need to attend a remote Apprenticeship Interview. This interview that will determine whether you are successful or unsuccessful during this recruitment stage. If you are unsuccessful then we will contact you with your next steps. 
  4. Upon successful completion of the recruitment process we will shortlist you for the apprenticeship opportunities that we feel your skills, and desired career aspirations match. From this shortlist, the employer will select which applicants they would like to invite for a formal interview. You must be pro-active in applying direct to employers, as well as applying for full-time engineering courses as a back-up option. 

Guide to Apprenticeship Applications

Guide to Apprenticeship Interviews

Apprenticeship Wage

What an apprentice will earn depends on the industry, location and level of Apprenticeship they choose. If you are aged 16 and 18, or 19 or over and within the first year of your Apprenticeship, the apprentice is entitled to the apprentice rate;

If the apprentice is 19 or over and has completed the first year of the Apprenticeship, they are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age. 

Choosing the right employer

All Apprenticeships offer bespoke training and study programmes, making the apprenticeship a personal experience, regardless of whether the apprentice is the only one in the business or one of many. 

Benefits of an apprenticeship with a small employer include:

  • A personalised experience
  • A smaller team which can create stronger working relationships with colleagues, line managers and mentors
  • Hands on experience across different roles
  • The opportunity to stand out and progress quickly. 

Benefits of an apprenticeship with a small employer include:

  • Opportunities to relocate
  • Advanced recruitment processes
  • The opportunity to work closely with other apprentices
  • A range of career progression opportunities
  • A recognised employer on your CV
  • Rotation programmes to gain experience in different roles. 

For any further queries about Apprenticeships, please call the Business Support Team on 01653 697698, or email