What is an Apprenticeship?

If engineering appeals to you as a profession, our three-year Advanced Technician Apprenticeship in Civil or Building Services Engineering could be just right for you. You’ll need at least five GCSEs including Maths (at grade B), English and a science subject (grade C or above) along with the enthusiasm to learn while you work.

The following shows how the various elements make up an Apprenticeship Framework. Each element is essential to the apprenticeship to ensure that you are fully competent with a rounded set of skills.
The framework consists of:

  • A work based competence element, a structured and assessed training programme which enables you to develop and demonstrate your workplace skills and abilities so that you become a valued member of the team.
  • A college based qualification which provides the theoretical knowledge and understanding. This qualification is usually gained through guided learning and exams or assessments conducted on a day release basis at a local college.
  • Transferable Skills such as Key Skills or Functional Skills which cover more general work-related skills such as communication, team working, problem solving and using new technologies. In Wales, Essential Skills is required. 
  • EER Employee Rights and Responsibilities. In this part of the apprenticeship you will learn about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. 
  • PLTS – Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. As part of the apprenticeship you will develop a series of underpinning skills that employers are looking for. Skills such as creative thinking, evaluation and team working which are key to future employability, making you a more effective employee.

What can you expect from your apprenticeship?

Expand your knowledge and experience – you could be involved in anything from building and designing roads, airports and railways to conserving energy, creating water supplies, designing energy efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings, air filtration systems for operating theatres and lighting a sports stadium.  Learn from leading industry experts in a wide range of fields – your progress is monitored to make sure you get the right kind of support from the right people

Develop job-specific skills – work on a structured training programme that helps you to achieve your long-term career ambitions

Get professional recognition – qualify as a Technician Member of ICE (TMICE) or Licentiate of CIBSE, register as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) with the Engineering Council and use the letters TMICE or LCIBSE and EngTech after your name.

Find out about the benefits of an apprenticeship.