With applications for our apprenticeship scheme now open, we know that you’re bound to have lots of questions about what is needed to successfully secure a place as an engineering apprentice at British Engines.

The British Engines Group is made up of eight companies based across the North East so there’s plenty of opportunity for you to work in a company that suits your needs and can support your future professional development.

What qualifications do you need to become an engineering apprentice?

You will need a grade 4/C in Mathematics and English and to be able to demonstrate an interest in engineering. It isn’t necessary that you have any existing engineering qualifications, but we do look for people who we think represent the values of our business.

How long do engineering apprenticeships last?

British Engines’ apprenticeship scheme lasts for four years, like most traditional engineering apprenticeships. You’ll spend your time learning everything that you need to know to become a qualified engineer, with the added support of the experienced and dedicated mentors at British Engines.

Unlike traditional college engineering apprenticeships, British Engines runs the Apprenticeship+ Scheme. The scheme teaches additional skills; such as broader practical engineering skills, the ability to work as a team and valuable leadership skills. As well, it provides additional academic tuition to enhance proficiency in areas such as mathematics. These additional skills and knowledge contribute towards a greater understanding of the industry and will help you to become a more rounded engineering professional.

What skills and qualities make a good engineering apprentice?

Having the drive to learn is one of the key qualities that we look for when going through our apprenticeship recruitment process, but remember that we don’t expect you to know everything.

Being inquisitive is also a great quality to demonstrate. Having an interest in why things are done a certain way and how things go together, or come apart and asking the right questions to fill in the gaps.

Remember, we understand that you might not necessarily have any previous engineering experience, but if you’ve taken part in any extracurricular activities such as your Duke of Edinburgh Award or playing for local sports teams, think about how you might transfer those skills to an engineering apprenticeship.


Applications for our 2019 intake onto the British Engines apprenticeship scheme are now open. Click here to apply and make sure to mention your interest in becoming a British Engines apprentices somewhere on the application form.