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Be in demand.

Our lives would not be the same without engineers. From the vehicles we travel in, the electricity we use to charge mobile phones and even the food we eat. All of these things have been made possible by engineers.

According to research by Engineering UK, the UK needs to recruit 186,000 into Engineering and Manufacturing each year until 2024. You could be one of them.

What Apprenticeships do Derwent Training offer?

  • Mechanical Machinist
  • Mechatronics Maintenance
  • Technical Support Technician
  • Fabrication and Welding

Apprenticeships are very competitive, they are not like a full-time course where you are normally guaranteed a place if you have the required entry requirements. You will need to be employed to start an Apprenticeship. Derwent Training can help you to gain a job which allows you to be an apprentice. However, you will need to prepare a CV and attend an interview with an employer just as you would for any job. You will also need to be pro-active in applying direct to employers.

What are the entry requirements?

You have to be at least 16 years old to start an Apprenticeship and there is no upper age limit. You should have achieved, or be working to achieve a minimum of 4 GCSEs (9-4 / A*-C) in Maths, English and Science or equivalent. If you are thinking about pursuing a career in Engineering then taking GCSE Options such as Resistant Materials, Design Technology and Engineering is desirable but not essential. 

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

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 an Apprenticeship Interview at the training centre. This is a formal 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. 

Read what one of our apprentices said about us

‘’I chose to do an Engineering Apprenticeship because I wanted a career that would task me mentally, but also allowing me to work practically. When I first visited Derwent Training I was unsure on the direction I wanted to go with my career but they supported me continuously and helped me realise that being an engineer was my true vocation in life. Years of hard work, helped along the way by Derwent Training, mean that I am now lucky enough to oversee production at North Sea Winches. This role has allowed me to share what I have learned so far as an engineer as well as teaching our current apprentices skills that will help them in their careers too.’’

Josh Walker

For any information about the Apprenticeships Derwent Training offer, please call us on 01653 697698 or email