Q: What is the Apprenticeship+ Scheme?

A: The Apprenticeship+ Scheme is our unique, in-house apprenticeship training programme. It provides our engineering apprentices with additional vocational learning and skills to those that are typically gained on a traditional college apprenticeship.


Q: How long has British Engines been training apprentices?

A: British Engines first began training apprentices in the 1960s. Since then, we’ve trained over 1,000 apprentices.

Taking our knowledge and experience of training apprentices, we then developed our unique Apprenticeship+ Scheme in-house during 2012.


Q: As a British Engines apprentice, what hours would I work?

A: Our apprentices work 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday and spend one of those days at college.


What will I need to apply for one of your engineering apprenticeships?

Q: Do I need previous engineering experience to apply for the British Engines scheme?

A: No. Although previous experience is beneficial, it is not essential.

We understand that you might not have had the opportunity to work within an engineering environment before, so we tend to look at your other experiences instead. For example, the teams you have been a part of and extracurricular activities you’ve had involvement in.


Q: What qualifications do I need to become a British Engines apprentice?

A: You’ll need a minimum of a Level 5/C in Maths and English at GCSE.


Q: Does a British Engines apprenticeship lead to a professional qualification?

A: Yes, as a British Engines apprentice you will receive three recognised qualifications: Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO), Level 3 NVQ in Engineering Discipline and Level 3 BTEC in Engineering.

This is in addition to the hours of industry leading technical training and experience you will gain.


Q: How old do I need to be to apply for an engineering apprenticeship at British Engines?

A: There is not an age limit to apply for a British Engines apprenticeship, however you must be at least 16 years old by September 2020.


What will I gain from one of your engineering apprenticeships?



Q: Does a British Engines apprenticeship lead to a professional qualification?

A: Yes, as a British Engines apprentice you will receive three recognised qualifications: Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO), Level 3 NVQ in Engineering Discipline and Level 3 BTEC in Engineering.

This is in addition to the hours of industry leading technical training and experience you will gain.


Q: As a British Engines apprentices, will I get paid from day one?

A: Yes. Our apprentices get paid from the day that they begin their apprenticeship with us. As a British Engines apprentice you’ll even get paid for the time you spend at college, not just the time you spend working in our factories.

You’ll also receive the same benefits as any other British Engines employee, such as pension and holiday pay. You’ll also receive access to benefits through our bespoke digital employee benefits platform, BE Rewards, including retailer discounts and cashback.


Q: Will I attend college during my British Engines apprenticeship?

A: Yes. During your first 16 weeks as a British Engines apprentice you will attend college full-time.

After that, you will begin working in one of our eight North East factories four days per week, in addition to attending college one day per week.