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This industry is one of the original birthplaces of apprenticeships! Traditionally, apprenticeships were mainly offered within Engineering & Manufacturing roles, due to the high level of practical and technical skills required. Working within this sector can place you at the cutting edge of technology, and includes fields such as space, nuclear, automation, and robotics. Additionally, its estimated that there are around 22,000 less filled entry level roles than necessary, so you won’t struggle to find a role! If you’re highly curious, interested in science and want a role that will make a real impact, then read on....

If you’ve found the ideal Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies job for you there’s just a few things you may want to know about how the application process for these roles usually work…

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Always check the entry requirements for these roles, and make sure you have the correct qualifications before applying. A lot of roles within this industry have strict entry requirements - so be mindful!

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Using our CV Builder and helpful CV guide create your skills-based CV. Don’t worry too much - we are here to help if need be.

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Once you have submitted your CV to us one of our Recruitment Resourcers will be in touch to find out what kinds of roles you are after and help fill in any CV gaps if there are any. If you feel confident, there are loads of jobs on our website you can start applying for straight away!

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Now we know what type of role you’re looking for we’ll help you find a position and conduct a mock interview so you feel super prepared for that all important next step. Don’t worry if you can’t find what you’re looking for on our website - our team can point you in the right direction if this is the case.

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Required Skills & Qualifications

Entry criteria varies, dependent on the role you are applying for, the employer and the level of apprenticeship. Always check the entry requirements before applying to ensure you have the necessary qualifications an employer is looking for. These roles are highly skilled, so you must have a real passion and interest for your industry of choice!

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Electrical Engineer

Myth busting

You can pursue Electrical Engineer jobs in a wide range of industries, including scientific and military research, power generation, building services, and many more. Your work will mainly be focused around designing, developing and maintaining electrical control systems. This is a highly technical role - and an apprenticeship is an excellent way to get on the job experience while gaining qualifications that allow you to progress in your career!

Senior and Chartered Electrical Engineers can earn up to £55k + p/a!
Job Role Progression: • Newly Qualified Engineer • Experienced Incorporate Engineer • Senior/Chartered Engineer

Finer Details

Electrical Engineers tend to work a standard 40 hour week, but you will be expected to work for longer in order to meet deadlines.

The good points...

Electrical Engineers can be on the frontline of some really exciting projects that are at the cutting edge of technology, so you will always be learning new things. If you’re interested in travel, then great news as there’s plenty of opportunity for this! Many countries recognise each others electrical engineering qualification, meaning you could work in places like New Zealand, South Africa and America!

... and the bad

This job requires real focus, you’ll be working on complex and dangerous jobs - so if you have the tendency to daydream, you should potentially reconsider!

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Maintenance Engineer

Myth busting

Are you known as the handy man around your house? Do you love solving problems and repairing things? Then maybe a Maintenance Engineer is your perfect career pathway! This role is split into two divisions: Preventative (ensuring new products work effectively before they go to market) or Emergency (fixing products when they go wrong)! There’s an endless list of opportunities within fields such as transport and manufacturing.

Senior Technicians with some experience behind them can earn around £35k p/a
Job Progression: • Trainee Maintenance • Engineer Maintenance • Engineer Maintenance Manager

Finer Details

A working week is typically 40 hours, however there are also a lot of opportunities for shift work. You may be called out to fix things in an emergency - but employers tend to pay extra for this!

Main Responsibilities Can Include:
• Checking and calibrating instruments.
• Carrying out quality checks for inspections.
• Fitting new parts.
• Fixing faults or arranging for replacements to be installed.

The good points...

Working for multinational companies can open doors to travel opportunities, especially to the likes of EU countries, America and the Middle East! This role also allows you to work across other fields once you’ve got some experience. This includes technical sales, team leading and contract management roles.

... and the bad

You may be required to work outside - even in bad weather conditions. Emergency maintenance work might also require you to be on “standby”, meaning you may be called into work at any moment. This includes evenings and weekends - meaning work can eat into your own personal time.

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Automotive Engineer

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What do you think of when you hear the “Term Automotive Engineer” - working in a garage changing car parts? Wrong! Automotive Engineers work across any stage of the car manufacturing process, from initial design, all the way down to testing the final production stage. This role can also have a customer facing element, and could see you negotiating with clients - so brush up on those communication skills! Roles can be varied, and can take you to opportunities like project management and consultancy!

Senior Engineers earn around £50 p/a - expect higher for more reputable brands!
Job Progression: • Newly Qualified Engineer • Senior Engineer • Project Team Manager • Chartered Engineer

Finer Details

You could find yourself working in a range of environments, including and office, manufacturing plant or research facility.

Main Responsibilities Can Include:
• Use specialist computer design software to create blueprints.
• Ensuring feasibility, reliability and safety of designs.
• Building & testing prototypes.
• Design machine tools and equipment to make new parts.
• Monitor costs and quality control.

The good points...

There are a wide range of opportunities available across every stage in the manufacturing process, so you’re bound to find a role that suits you. It also goes without saying that this is a dream job for anyone who’s crazy about cars!

... and the bad

You might love cars - but you’ll need more than that to succeed in a career in this industry! You’ll need to have the relevant qualifications, and be above average at maths and science.

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Structural Engineer

Myth busting

Want a role with real responsibility? What about being responsible for ensuring that a building is strong and stable enough to stand without collapse! Structural Engineers design the crucial framework that hold buildings together, so this role is definitely one that requires accuracy and focus. You could find yourself working on a range of exciting projects, including sports arenas, new offices, you name it! A lot of work goes on behind the scenes - you must ensure that your designs are cost efficient, fit for purpose and visually appealing.

A Senior Structural engineer can earn around £50k p/a
Job Progression: • Construction Designer • Project Manager • Chartered Engineer

Finer Details

As a Structural Engineer, your role with combine a mixture of office based work and site visits. This means you may have to travel to visit particular sites.

Main Responsibilities May Include:
• Developing ideas using specialist CAD software.
• Using software to test how structures will hold under various conditions.
• Ensuring that projects meet legal requirements.
• Providing reports to clients and senior management.
• Working closely on construction plans with other industry professionals.

The good points...

There’s plenty of opportunities available in the UK and overseas.

... and the bad

If you are required to be on site, you will have to do so in all weathers. One of the negative aspects of the job is that you could find yourself working out in the rain.

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Print and Packaging Technician

Myth busting

People tend to assume that creatives don’t have a place within science – but this couldn’t be further from the truth! All packaging and labels have to be fit for purpose and aesthetically pleasing, and it’s the role of a packaging technician to ensure this criteria has been met. You’ll be working to come up with new packaging ideas across a range of industries, including food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. The role combines a mixture of office work and time spent in laboratories, a perfect role for someone who thrives in a varied working environment!

Experienced technologists can earn around £35k p/a
Job Progression: • Packaging line operator • Packaging technologist • Senior Packaging Technologist

Finer Details

Working hours are usually 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, you may have to work out of hours if you are required to be on call.

Main Responsibilities May Include:
• Producing sample packaging for new products.
• Finding the best production methods with line engineers.
• Working alongside graphic designers to ensure artwork fits company branding.
• Running production trials.
• Adhering to legal requirements in regards to labelling and safe packaging.

The good points...

This role is an excellent way to work within the science & manufacturing industry, and show off a creative side – something most people assume can’t be done in this particular industry!

... and the bad

There may be elements of working away from home to visit material suppliers or manufacturers – not great if you get homesick.

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Welder

Myth busting

If you like getting hands on in the heat, then maybe you should consider a role in welding. Welders typically work across a range of industries, cutting, shaping and joining sections of metal. Apprenticeships are a brilliant way to gain a relevant welding qualification and learn the crucial skills needed on the job, and can be accessed at intermediate or advanced level.

An experienced welder can earn up to £35k p/a.
Job Progression: • Welder • Senior Welder • Workshop Manager

Finer Details

Typical working hours are around 45 hours a week, and you could be required to work weekends and evenings.

Main Responsibilities Include:
• Fabricate and assemble metal parts.
• Using technical machinery that creates intense heat.
• Smoothing and polishing metal surfaces.
• Studying blueprints.
• Inspect materials and structures that need welding.

The good points...

This role may give you the opportunity to work on really exciting projects. Additionally, those who obtain commercial diver training can go on to do underwater welding!

... and the bad

Working environments may be cramped, hot and at heights – so the job may not be for you if any of these things bother you.

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