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Apprenticeships and trainees

An apprenticeship is a nationally recognised qualification, offering focused training programmes that combines real work experiences with learning and development, both on and off the job.

Apprenticeships are for all age groups 16 and over, and are for individuals leaving school, college or part time work who want to changes their lives and not only get into sustainable employment but gain a skill set that is in global demand.

Secure an apprenticeship through the AMRC Training Centre

Taking an advanced level or higher apprenticeship at the AMRC Training Centre is an exciting, unique experience and provides the very best opportunity to individuals to start their apprenticeship journey. Our state-of-the-art facility houses the very best equipment & trainers and we are continually working and supported by employers from across the whole scale of the engineering / manufacturing industry.

Both the employer and young person benefit from an apprenticeship.

Why do an Engineering Apprenticeship?

The engineering and manufacturing sectors have an aging workforce, a workforce that will be looking to retire in the next 10 to 15 years. If the current wealth of experience and skills leave the industry, without being replaced, there will be a major skills requirement across an enormous variety of roles. Read more here.

The University's plan for apprenticeships forms an important part of their continued support of civic responsibilities and as a large regional employer they are keen to ensure that they are at the forefront of this rewarding initiative.

As such there are multiple different streams of apprenticeships and trainees across the campus, including:

- an ongoing embedded trainee scheme in the Faculty of Engineering
- an apprenticeship scheme at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), established in 2006, that has to date employed approximately 30 apprentices, with 13 currently in post.
- an apprentice technician scheme in the Faculty of Science; seven apprentices have been engaged so far with the intention of creating apprenticeships year on year
- business administration apprentices, for example two in post in Human Resources; withb possible programme expansion 
- several initiatives at the AMRC Training Centre: approx. 140 apprenticeships in Engineering; many of these will be employed by local businesses and SMEs across the region
- business admin apprenticeships: it is anticipated there will be 12 places. a forthcoming work placement scheme.


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