Specialist Apprenticeships:  The Smart Choice

Specialist Apprenticeships: The Smart Choice

At iMET, we provide specialist advanced engineering apprenticeships, designed around building specialist skills needed in today’s evolving  industries.

An apprenticeship at iMET involves working on real projects, building real skills to equip you to do both the job now, and fuel your future career.

One way iMET is bringing apprenticeships alive is the way we are engaging in the GreenPower IET Formula 24+ project. This initiative gives young adults the opportunity to design, build and race an electric, single seater car on some of the UK’s top motor circuits. This opportunity provides our apprentices to build not just specific engineering skills such as composites, but also to build teamwork, communication and leadership skills as you work with other apprentices to design, build and then race the car at events over the course of the year.

Why Become an Engineering Apprentice?

You get debt-free learning, a nationally recognised qualification and a salary whilst you learn. All while you acquire specialist engineering skills that are in short supply across the UK, thus providing you a great platform upon which to build your career.

Career Opportunities:

The UK is facing a severe skills shortage in engineering. A recent study by Engineering-UK  estimated that an additional 1.8million engineers will be needed by 2025.

iMET itself was established in recognition of this skills shortage particularly in the East of England, with the aim of developing the necessary skills needed for businesses and individuals to continue to grow over the next decade.

Nationally Recognised Qualifications

At iMET, we focus on providing Advanced (Level 3) and Higher (Level 4) Apprenticeships. Advanced Level 3 apprenticeships are equivalent to 2 A Level passes, typically take 3 years to complete and will equip you with a BTEC.

Whilst Higher Level 4 apprenticeships are equivalent to a foundation degree and typically take between 3-4 years to complete.

Debt Free Learning

Typical Engineering Apprenticeship training is worth over £27,000 but you won’t pay a penny –  on top of that you actually get paid to study. As long as you are under 24, your training is completely free – It is paid for by your company and the government. Compare this with a university degree which costs the average student up to £37,000 by the time they’ve graduated.

Earn While You Learn

So how much can you get paid? Well, it depends on your age and the level of the apprenticeship you are studying.

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.70 per hour. However, because engineering Advanced and Higher apprenticeships are advanced qualifications and specialist skills, you can expect to earn much more than that. In fact, a government report in 2016, showed that the average hourly wage for Level 2 & 3 apprenticeships in engineering and manufacturing was £6.46 per hour and for Level 4 & 5 apprenticeships the average hourly rate was £10.80 per hour –  that works out to over £21,000 per year!

Support & Facilities

Studying your apprenticeship at iMET, you will receive training in our state-of-the-art facility as well as being appointed a dedicated Mentor to help and guide you through your studies. Apprenticeship opportunities are opening up all the time as more businesses come on board and partner with iMET for their training needs.

For details of our current apprenticeship training courses, please see our course calendar.

For details of businesses currently recruiting for apprenticeship programmes with iMET, please see our apprenticeship opportunities page.