Advice for manufacturing and engineering apprentices | EEF

Helping the next generation of apprentices

EEF works with leading manufacturers every day, meaning we have in-depth knowledge of what skills manufacturing and engineering businesses need. This is knowledge we can pass on to parents and school advisers, helping you guide the career choices of young people.

Find out what careers an apprenticeship can lead to with our trump cards:


Statsforadvisers Apprentice stats: 90% stay employed, 71% stay with the same employer, 15% of employers think apprentices are 15% more employable, 850k apprentices earning since 2013

Who is an apprenticeship right for?

Apprenticeships are one of the most valuable tools for young people interested in the manufacturing and engineering sector. And, with the ongoing growth of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, it is an attractive alternative to traditional university study. If you know a young person who has an aptitude for maths and science, is a great problem solver and loves hands-on learning, an apprenticeship could be the next step.

  • Apprenticeships take up to four years to complete
  • Apprentices work at least 30 hours a week
  • Apprentices earn a salary while learning
  • Apprenticeships can work for people of a variety of ages and backgrounds, from school leavers to college graduates to those already in the workplace

Helping someone figure out their next education or career step? Share this apprenticeship matching quiz with them to help them find the right apprenticeship.

What are the career prospects?

Manufacturing and engineering apprenticeships through EEF offer young people the chance to learn key skills, gain valuable, hands-on experience and earn the qualifications needed to be successful in their chosen field. Our apprentices:

  • Work towards industry-standard manufacturing and engineering qualifications including BTECs, NVQs and City & Guilds
  • Have the chance to be employed by the top manufacturers in the UK
  • Stand to earn, on average, £100,000 more over the course of their careers

Learn more about the career prospects for manufacturing and engineering apprentices.

How EEF can help

From recruiting the right apprentice and developing tailored training programmes, to ongoing support and assessment, we harness the passion and enthusiasm of apprentices in the manufacturing and engineering industry. We offer:

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