Apprenticeships offer a real route in to engineering

engineering-apprenticeshipsAs  tomorrow’s engineer’s week  – which aims to shine a spotlight on engineers and the industry – comes to a close, we take a look at apprenticeships as a route in.

The engineering industry has long been an advocate of apprenticeships as they allow for training on-the-job, something which sits well in such a hands-on industry.

Engineering spans a wide range of vocations which means the opportunities in this sector are vast and varied. You could choose to go into mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical, aeronautical and more.

Potential engineering apprentices will need certain attributes in order to succeed. An ability to adapt to change is important, as engineers pave the way with new practices and techniques. A good grasp of English and maths is also essential, as well as the ability to work both alone or within a team.

The demand for engineering apprentices is ever-growing, with the hope that they will plug skills gaps and become the next generation of engineers, and the demand is not just in the UK. Engineering jobs can potentially take you all over the world.

Engineering apprenticeships can be done at all three levels; intermediate, advanced and higher. Higher apprenticeships are equivalent to university-level study, which means you’ll be at the top of your game, and desirable to employers looking for highly-skilled workers.

As an engineering apprentice you’ll train on-the-job to learn the specialist skills required for your role. You may also be able to take advantage of Vision West Nottinghamshire College’s Engineering Innovation Centre, to train using the latest engineering equipment.

Vision Apprentices has recruited a number of engineering apprentices across the UK, helping to fill the skills gaps and move the industry forward.

Tim Novell is general manager of New-Houghton based engineering firm Dale (Mansfield) Ltd – whose product lines include making hydraulic cylinders, military handling equipment and machines for off-shore oil and construction industries, and is a real advocate for apprenticeships in industry.

Tim said: “As we began to supply for alternative industries and other countries, the need to employ apprentices made sense. We had an average age of 60 amongst workers on the production floor and knew we needed to fill the widening age-gap.

“We’ve worked very productively with Vision West Nottinghamshire College – more recently through Vision Apprentices – and have two new apprentices join us each year. Lots of our staff now are those original apprentices who have progressed.”

And it’s not just engineering apprentices who can get ahead in engineering. We’ve also recruited apprentices in business and admin; helping to keep operations running smoothly.

Keep an eye on the Vision Apprentices vacancies page for engineering apprenticeship opportunities. If you’re interested in finding out more, you can also speak to our team on 0800 121 8317.

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