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Get a head start with EEF apprenticeships

Earn while you learn, on-the-job training, specialist qualifications and a foot in the door at the employer of your dreams. If you have an aptitude for maths and science, have ambitious career goals, enjoy being hands-on and are a great problem solver, an apprenticeship could be the perfect start to a career in manufacturing and engineering.

With in-depth knowledge of what skills manufacturing and engineering businesses need, complementary apprentice mentoring and advice, and a dedicated training centre offering world-class facilities and expert teaching, EEF has given thousands of apprentices a head start in their manufacturing and engineering careers.

Interested in apprenticeships, but not sure what type is right for you? Take our apprenticeship matching quiz to find out. If you'd like to see where a career in manufacturing could take you, check out our trump cards with typical salaries, skills needed and more.

How to find and apply for an apprenticeship

Finding the right apprenticeship for you is the first step towards a successful career in manufacturing and engineering. We’ve compiled some helpful tools to guide you through finding and securing your ideal apprenticeship, including:

Access these tools and read more about Finding and applying for an apprenticeship.

What can you expect from an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships give you the key skills, experience and qualifications to be successful in your chosen field, while still getting paid. You can expect:

  • Up to four years of in-depth development and mentoring
  • Practical and theory training
  • Key job specific skills training
  • The chance to earn a competitive weekly apprentice wage:


Where an apprenticeship can take you

We've created handy trump cards for a variety of careers available in manufacturing, from typical salaries to skills needed. See which fits your career goals and individual talents.


We also have Q&As with current apprentices about why they started their career in engineeringmechanical engineering and electrical engineering with an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship vs University

Choosing the next step in your education and career path after school or college is a challenge. While university is a default choice for some, many people have found the varied, hands-on learning style and excellent prospects for employment make apprenticeships an attractive alternative. 




Get on-the-job training and mentorship at a company that wants to employ you for the long term


 Little to no on-the-job experience, must go through job hunt and recruitment process

Mix of classroom and hands-on learning


Almost exclusively classroom and test-based learning

Achieve qualifications required by your industry and workplace


Often require additional tests and training to achieve job-specific qualifications

No tuition fees or students loans necessary


The typical UK university graduate accrues £20-44,000 in student loans by the time they graduate and many are still paying them off decades later

Chance to earn while you learn

Apprentices can make between £140 and £210 per week


No income

How EEF can help

Working with manufacturers every day means EEF knows exactly what skills are needed to succeed. The fact that our trainers are all experts in their fields means our apprentices are guaranteed the highest level of training. Here is how we can help:


“My apprenticeship was the best decision ever. EEF were really helpful as they were able to help secure me this apprenticeship. Obviously they don’t do all the hard work, but they do open the doors that lead on to great opportunities such as my apprenticeship at Electrolux. They take away a lot of unnecessary stress which I really appreciated.”

Dan Henson, Technical Product Support Engineer, Electrolux Professional.


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