Apprentice Scheme

As well as being passionate about how things work and solving problems, we want to hear from you if you’re an energetic team player and good with people. You don’t need to have any work experience.

You'll develop the skills and experience you need for a successful engineering career through a combination of on-the-job and classroom training. Under the watchful eye of our experienced staff, you'll be applying your skills to real life situations and playing a vital part at HCM Engineering.

As part of your apprenticeship you will study for a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). There are a number of different levels but you will either work towards an NVQ 2 which is equivalent to five GCSEs at 9-4 grade or an NVQ3 which is equivalent two A levels or one vocational A level.

National vocational qualifications have set requirements and are recognised by education providers and employers across the country. They are practically based but you also need to study at college and complete coursework related to your chosen job.

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Training partners

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Jamie Beddall

Toolmaker
Year 3 student

“Being on the Assembly Department means there are always skills to learn. Ireally enjoy all the work I do and it makes the day go quick! Learning from the others has given me a range of practical skills.”

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Jamie

Apprentice Toolmaker
Graduate Year 2022

“Milling components and parts for a job is really exciting, also being able to put the skills I have learnt into practice, and knowing that I’m giving to the company makes me feel accomplished.”

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Luke

Apprentice Toolmaker
Graduate 2023

“Working at HCM has been a real experience. I have learned so much in the past 8 months and look forward to the next five years when I can say I’m an Engineer. ”

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Jamie Beddall

Toolmaker
Year 3 student

“Being on the Assembly Department means there are always skills to learn. Ireally enjoy all the work I do and it makes the day go quick! Learning from the others has given me a range of practical skills.”

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Jamie

Apprentice Toolmaker
Graduate Year 2022

“Milling components and parts for a job is really exciting, also being able to put the skills I have learnt into practice, and knowing that I’m giving to the company makes me feel accomplished.”

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Luke

Apprentice Toolmaker
Graduate 2023

“Working at HCM has been a real experience. I have learned so much in the past 8 months and look forward to the next five years when I can say I’m an Engineer.”

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Higher apprenticeships

Higher apprenticeships are the final level of apprenticeship available under the government mandated scheme. In this type of apprenticeship you can expect to achieve a work-based qualification like an NVQ at level 4. Additionally, you may work towards a knowledge-based qualification at Foundation degree level or higher

Once the apprenticeship is completed you will be guaranteed a skilled position within HCM Engineering.

Engineering Apprenticeship Opportunity

  • Are you looking for an engineering apprenticeship?
  • Do you have a desire to work in a hands-on role in mechanical Engineering with a mathematical mindset?
  • Do you have your heart set on becoming an engineer?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all three of the above, we have the perfect apprenticeship opportunity for you and we’d love to speak with you.

Download and send your application Form along with a cover letter to Michael Hanson at mikeh@hcmeng.co.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine real work with training and study for a specific role. You’ll learn new skills, gain experience and earn a salary too. Being an apprentice can be an exciting and rewarding career path. Before applying you should also consider that as an apprentice you’ll have to:

  • balance a job with studying and your home life
  • work under supervision and guidance
  • complete regular assessments, including an end-point assessment
  • usually train for one specific role

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Who is eligible to become an apprentice?

To apply for an apprenticeship, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or older
  • not in full-time education
  • living in England
What are the benefits of completing an apprenticeship?

Open to everyone: apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers, they’re for everyone.

Earn as you learn: apprentices are employees too, which means you'll get a salary while gaining work experience. You’ll be learning on the job and applying your new skills in a real work environment.

Nationally recognised training: you'll get training that’s recognised and valued by employers throughout England and the UK.

No student debt: apprentices don’t pay tuition fees and aren’t eligible for student loans, so there’s no student debt to worry about. You’re still entitled to student discounts though and can get an NUS card.

How are apprenticeships different from internships?

Apprenticeships and internships differ primarily in structure and purpose: apprenticeships are long-term, structured training programs that combine hands-on work experience with classroom instruction, leading to a recognized certification in a specific trade or profession, while internships are typically shorter, less formal positions that provide practical experience in a field, often without a guarantee of certification or employment.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

Please download the application form, fill it out, and send it to Mike at mikeh@hcmeng.co.uk along with a cover letter and your availability.

Find us

HCM Engineering
Pedmore Road
Lye
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY9 7DZ
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 1384 422643

+44 (0) 1384 899210