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engineering apprenticeships at PETA

A career in engineering could offer you endless opportunities for both job roles and life experiences. As an industry it is so vast that you could find yourself working in almost any sector. Engineering is all about the development of change and coming up with ideas to make our lives run more smoothly - it’s an essential part of everyday life. 

As an engineer you’ll be a practical person with an interest in coming up with new ideas and problem solving. Everything in the modern world has been engineered at some point - mobile phones, iPads, cars, ships, spacecraft and even things as simple as a food mixer! 

The UK is currently experiencing a skills shortage in engineering, with data suggesting that we need 186,000 skilled recruits per year until 2024 to plug the skills gap.


5 reasons to GET yourself an engineering apprenticeship

  • With the engineering shortages, you’ll have your pick of a bunch of great apprenticeship roles.

  • You’ll emerge the other side with a secure job and loads of skills and qualifications that will look great on your CV.

  • Unlike uni, there are no tuition fees to pay so you won’t wrack up loads of student debt!

  • You’ll get paid to learn! Some of the current vacancies we’re offering come with salaries of up to £328 a week.

  • Engineering is a career for life and it can be whatever you want it to be! You’ll have access to opportunities that could take you all over the world or land you an exciting role close to home - the possibilities are endless.

Check out some of our current vacancies!

Who is an engineering apprenticeship suitable for?

  • School leavers with a minimum of four GCSEs (including maths, science and English) at level 4 or above.

  • College leavers with a BTEC National Diploma or relevant engineering qualification.

  • College leavers with A level qualifications or equivalent in relevant subjects such as maths or science will be looked upon favourably.

  • Older applicants looking for a career change holding the above minimum qualifications.

  • You must have a high aptitude for learning and be willing to work hard. Most of our apprenticeships are 42-48 months in duration so you’ll need to be committed and willing to see it through to the end.


Why choose PETA?

  • We have a huge range of engineering vacancies with attractive salaries.

  • We partner with the best employers and work closely with them to create an apprenticeship programme that will appeal to both the learner and the employer.

  • Our engineering training centre in Havant has benefitted from major investment in new equipment in the last year.

  • Our trainers and assessors offer unwavering support and learning to all our apprentices, helping them to be the best they can be.

  • On completion of your apprenticeship you will have a secure job plus all the skills and qualifications you need for wherever your engineering career takes you.

PETA Engineering Training Engagement Officer, Ian Smith said: “We’re looking for people with the capability to learn, an interest in engineering and a good level of maths and science knowledge. Engineering apprenticeships aren’t easy; they take a lot of hard work but if you succeed, it will set you up for the future. A career in engineering is very rewarding. You’ll find yourself working on all sorts of interesting projects and you’ll never struggle to find a job in the industry once you’re trained. It really is a career for life.”


A PETA success story

Lewmar Ltd designs and manufactures innovative and reliable products of the highest quality for boats of all shapes and sizes. They’d used PETA for apprenticeship training before so came to us again to train their latest recruit, Matt Moody. Matt embarked on the Level 3 Technical Support Technician Apprenticeship, which covered many engineering elements such as engineering skills, how to use machinery, code and conduct in engineering, how to be an effective engineer, problem solving and critical thinking.

During his apprenticeship Matt gained an understanding of the manufacturing processes before getting involved with manufacturing projects onsite. Matt gained an impressive double distinction for his hard work and has now progressed onto an HNC qualification as part of his continuing professional development with Lewmar.

Matt said: “I’m so pleased with the results of my training with PETA. All the skills that I’ve learnt are transferable so they’ll look great on my CV should I wish to pursue other roles in the future. I appreciated the fact that the PETA staff treated me as an adult rather than a kid; they were so supportive and not at all patronising. Whenever I needed assistance with anything, they were always more than happy to help.”


Come along to our Apprenticeship Open Day on 23 August to find out more!


Calling Hampshire-based engineering companies!

You’ll know better than most that recruiting good engineers is tough! So that’s why taking on an apprentice (or several apprentices) could be the perfect solution! You’ll gain a bright young member of the team, who you’ll be able to train the way you want, to be skilled in the areas that your business requires. PETA will help with the theoretical side of the training and our staff are second-to-none. They’re all qualified trainers with years of industry experience, giving you the best of both worlds.

If a company’s payroll exceeds £3 million, the government will charge an Apprenticeship Levy of 0.5% of their payroll total. However, this money can be utilised by using it for apprenticeship training, which will enable you to gain skilled engineers to add to your staff at minimal cost to you. 

If you’re a company with a payroll of less than £3 million, you won’t pay the Apprenticeship Levy, but the government will pay 95% of any apprenticeship training you invest in, leaving you with just 5% to pay - as little as £250! 

Find out more about the costs of apprenticeships by calling us on 023 9253 8700.


What about Brexit?

Brexit could potentially have some negative effects on engineering recruitment in the UK after we leave the EU on 31 October. We do not yet know the full ramifications of Brexit on migration and whether EU citizens will be able to continue coming to the UK to fill engineering vacancies. There is also a question mark hovering over EU citizens who are already working in the UK and whether they will be able to continue to do so after Brexit.

But engineering companies should not let this uncertainty put them off recruiting engineering apprentices - it should encourage them! Taking on and training apprentices to fill engineering roles could help plug the huge skills gap and this process will not be affected regardless of what happens after 31 October. It’s win-win.


What engineering apprenticeships do PETA offer?

Our apprenticeships can be tailored to suit your business and the role you’re looking to fill, but the disciplines that we cover are:

  • Installation Electrician (L3)
  • Product Design and Development (L3)
  • Technical Support (Engineering and Manufacturing) (L3)
  • Machining (L3)
  • Toolmaking (L3)
  • Welding (L2 and L3)
  • Engineering Fitter (L3)
  • Engineering Operative (L2)
  • Maintenance Operations Engineering (Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical) (L3)

All our Level 2 apprenticeships are 18 months and our Level 3 apprenticeships are between 42 and 48 months in duration.


Discover all you need to know about taking on an apprentice or call us for a chat on 023 9253 8700.



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