Apprenticeships offer students from the University of Sheffield a route to increase productivity and fill skills gaps

Learn about University of Sheffield 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.

The University of Sheffield is committed to offering the highest quality apprenticeships that will impact productivity and growth not only in their organisation, but also in the city, the wider region and the UK.

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

The University of Sheffield was one of the first universities to offer Degree Apprenticeships in manufacturing and engineering at their Advanced Manufacturing and Research Training Centre (AMRC).

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. Their state-of-the-art facility houses the very best equipment and trainers and they are continually working and supported by employers from across the whole scale of the engineering / manufacturing industry.

Apprenticeships are offered in collaboration with, and are shaped by, regional and national partners such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce and McLaren. They provide you with the skills and experience you need to thrive in your chosen career. You will also receive a fully accredited degree from a world top 100 Russell Group University on completion of your apprenticeship.

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.

As an employer, apprenticeships offer the University a route to increase productivity and fill skills gaps, either by recruiting apprentices or supporting University employees to undertake appropriate apprenticeships to retrain or upskill.

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 year on year employed cohorts of engineering apprentices. 
  • an apprentice technician scheme in the Faculty of Science; which has seen a number of apprentices successfully progress to technical posts within the Faculty and the wider University.
  • business administration apprentices, widely employed across the organisation.  
  • several initiatives at the AMRC Training Centre: working with local businesses and SMEs across the region to train engineering apprentices through to level 7


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