Are you thinking about a career in engineering? The British Engines engineering apprenticeship could be the perfect way to kick-start your career.

Applications for our award-winning Apprenticeship+ scheme are now open to start in September 2022. Working alongside our professional engineers in one of eight businesses across the group, our unique engineering apprenticeship provides hands-on experience in a variety of engineering disciplines, including manufacturing, maintenance, fitting, assembly & test, and quality.

If successful, you will spend 20 weeks at the TDR Training School in Longbenton, or at the South Tyneside Marine School in South Shields, before joining one of the businesses within the group. From there, you will spend four days per week in the business whilst attending college one day per week for a total of four years.

During your apprenticeship, you will have access to exciting new opportunities and experiences alongside invaluable support and feedback from our expert team, helping you to grow and improve as you progress through your training. You will also be paid full time, including time spent at college, and have access to our extensive range of employee benefits.

Find out from Holly what it’s like to be a mechanical engineering apprentice at the British Engines Group.

On completion of your apprenticeship, you will receive recognised National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) in your chosen discipline through Tyne Metropolitan College, which in the case of our manufacturing apprenticeship, would include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Operations
  • Level 3 Diploma in Machining
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing

Depending on suitability and business needs, you may also have the option to undertake a Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Mechanical Engineering, potentially followed by a Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in General Engineering.

After completing your apprenticeship, you could be offered permanent employment with one of the group’s businesses. To date, 98% of our apprentices have been offered full-time employment, with many working their way up to senior management positions. You may also have the opportunity to progress towards a foundation, bachelors or master’s degree in engineering, opening up even more career options within the company.

Hear from Jonathan, Chris and Lewis who joined British Engines Group company, BEL Valves, as apprentices and went on to receive a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northumbria University.


How to apply:

Applications for the North East apprenticeship scheme must be submitted through TDR. Don’t forget to mention that you would like to be a British Engines apprentice on the application form!

It’s important to take your time when completing the form to give yourself the best chance of being offered a place on the apprenticeship scheme. Have a look at our top tips for creating a successful application.

We receive many applications each year, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. If your application is successful, you will be asked to complete aptitude tests in Mathematics and English before being invited to an interview at one of the group’s businesses.

You can find out more about the recruitment process for our award-winning apprenticeship here.

Applications close at the end of April.