Engineering Advanced Apprentices

Engineering Level 3 Apprentices

·        Apprenticeship lasts approximately 3 – 4 years

·        Initial training at HGTA/WGTA in a purpose built training centre for first 42 weeks achieving a Foundation Diploma in Engineering.

·        A 2 year Technical Certificate is achieved with day-release for the 5th working day, which is completed at our own training premises.

·        Next 3 years are spent in a company working towards a Level 3 “Standards”, specific to your job role with day release to progress with Technical Certificate.

·        Further qualifications will be Functional Skills, First Aid at Work and the opportunity to attend a residential course.

·        A Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Engineering is available for those who do well in their initial level 3 qualification.

Career Options

·        Fabrication & Welding

·        Toolmaker / Machinist including CNC

·        Electrical / Mechanical Assembly Engineer

·        Electrical / Mechanical Maintenance Engineer

·        Electronics Engineer

·        Draughts Person

·        CAD / Design Engineer

·        Quality Control and Inspection Engineer

·        Production, Planning and Projector Engineer

Entry Requirements

·        Commitment, determination and enthusiasm!

·        5 GSCE’s grades 5’s or above


·        Apply to HGTA/WGTA directly

·        All applicants undergo assessment and interviews which will start as early as February

·        Companies usually make final recruitment decisions by July

Below are some of the different types of Level 3 engineering apprenticeships:

Manufacturing Engineering – these mostly work in industries which produce things. Involved in the design, build or maintenance of systems in factories including automated and computer controlled machines. An engineer will look at how the parts will be made and assembled and how the finished article will be tested ie, a sheet of metal to a car door.

CAD / Design Engineering – CAD Operators are skilled users of Computer Aided Design Systems. They may be involved from start to finish on a specific project or work on technical aspects of a product. Most manufacturing companies work with 2D or 3D modelling CAD systems.

Mechanical Engineering – mechanical engineers are involved in the design, supply, operation and performance of complex technologies including robots, production lines, construction machinery and even aircraft. Their work is creative, varied, challenging and responsible; it is also well rewarded and respected in the industry.

Quality / Test Engineering – These will liaise with customers and suppliers to ensure that the product meets expected standards. They may define the test environment of a product which may include electronic, electrical or mechanical characteristics, or sometimes a mixture of all three.