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What is a Higher Apprenticeship?

A Higher Apprenticeship provides the learner with the opportunity to work in a real job all whilst working towards achieving a qualification. You will work with your employer four days of the week continuing to learn on-the-job and attend Derwent Training Association one day per week to complete the off-the-job learning. 

You will get paid a wage, learning skills in the workplace and have your tuition fees paid for by the Government and your employer. 

Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering

The Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Higher Apprenticeship) has been developed to provide learners with the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours that they need to carry out their current role, or those that are progressing to middle management roles within the Engineering and Manufacturing industry. A Higher Apprenticeship is a commitment to a career path so be 100% sure about the sector you're entering before you apply.

You will attend our specialist engineering training centre in Malton one day per week to complete the teaching elements, the Higher Apprenticeship will include a lot of self-directed study in your own time and will take three and a half years to complete.

Entry Requirements

A Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering is a progression route for someone who has complete a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Engineering, or has achieved a minimum of 90 credits in a Level 3 BTEC in Engineering. 

You must be aged 18 or over, there is no upper age limit. You should have achieved a minimum of 4 GCSEs (9-4 / A*-C) including Maths and English or equivalent. Due to the higher mathematical content included within the Higher Apprenticeship, you may be asked to attend Derwent Training to complete a Level 3 Maths bridging unit before commencing the training for the Apprenticeship. 

Things to Note

The Higher Apprenticeship, like any other higher level qualification, will include a large proportion of self-directed study and research which is expected to be completed outside of classroom hours in order to meet assignment deadlines. 

"Ellis Patents opted for a Higher Apprenticeship Scheme so that the candidate could be taken from an early stage in their engineering career and brought up to a high level of skill, whilst gaining experience of the working requirements at Ellis Patents along the way. At the end of the Apprenticeship, Ellis Patents will gain a fully trained and adept engineer with a high level of work experience making them a high valued member of the technical team."

For further information on the Higher Apprenticeship, please contact the Business Support Team on 01653 697698 or email