Peterborough Apprenticeships

Wherever you are in your career journey, a Perkins apprenticeship could be the right next step for you. 

Peterborough Apprenticeships
Peterborough Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship programme

Since 1997 Perkins has been owned by Caterpillar. As a Caterpillar employee you are instantly part of a winning team: a team that gives you the support you need to succeed and make a difference to the livelihoods we power all around the world.

At our Peterborough facility we offer apprenticeships in engineering, human resources, manufacturing, marketing, sales, supply chain and so much more.

If you’re a school leaver looking for an alternative to full-time college or university or if you’re in work but are looking for an opportunity to build on your capabilities, we’d love to hear from you.


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Why choose us?

At the Peterborough facility we are responsible for the marketing, sales and manufacture of industrial engines up to 7.1 litres which are used to power construction, agricultural and materials handling equipment, as well as provide electric power for generator sets, for customers around the world.

Throughout the programme, our apprentices gain valuable hands on experience in real work environments, earn a competitive salary and benefits package and finish their apprenticeship with a nationally recognised qualification.

Wherever your career journey takes you, it’s your time and your talent, so make sure all of it counts.



Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Services offered throughout the product life cycle, cutting-edge technology and decades of product expertise set Caterpillar apart, providing exceptional value to help our customers succeed.

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With a history stretching back to 1932, Perkins is a world-leading supplier of off-highway diesel engines in the 4-2000 kW (5-2800 hp) market. With nearly nine decades of experience in designing, building and servicing industrial power solutions, we work in collaboration with over 800 original equipment manufacturers, tailoring our engines to meet their needs and exacting standards. With more than 22 million engines manufactured powering over 5,000 different applications across the world, our engines truly are the heart of every great machine. 

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Frequently asked questions

  • You will earn a very competitive salary and benefits package, designed to reward you for contributing to our success, while you learn in the workplace. Starting salary can vary dependent on apprenticeship scheme. You will find the salary in the relevant vacancy.

  • You will gain valuable experience in real work environments giving you a head start in your chosen career and/or allowing you to build on your capabilities.

  • You will finish with a nationally recognised qualification that could provide you with a competitive difference at no cost to you and we can offer financial support towards achieving a professional qualification in your chosen field. (e.g. engineers who wish to become chartered).

  • And more!

We have something for everyone. Our apprenticeship offerings adapt dependent on the needs of our business and, therefore, can vary year on year. This provides you with the choice and the tools to develop your desired career.

Apprenticeship levels we typically offer








4 and 5

HNC, HND or Foundation degree



Bachelor’s degree



  • Technical: Data, Engineering, Environmental, Health and Safety, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Quality.
  • Business: Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain.

Note: the structure of our schemes, which include qualifications, delivery models, schedules, and content will differ dependent on discipline, level, course and college/university partners.


  • You must be aged 16 or over by time of employment and there is no upper age limit.
  • You must not be in full-time education by time of employment.
  • You must have attained the relevant qualifications (or equivalents) as outlined in the vacancy you are applying for and be able to evidence them.
  • You must not have completed any prior training or a previous apprenticeship similar or the same as the vacancy you are applying for.
  • You must be eligible to complete an apprenticeship in England, UK, as per the relevant funding rules.


We typically recruit apprentices for our Peterborough facility between January to March each year. When we’re recruiting, you’ll find links to our apprenticeship vacancies here.

Thank you for applying! Here is typically what happens next. The specific timelines for our apprenticeship offerings can be found in the relevant vacancy.

  • Application Form Screening - Your application will be passed through a rigorous screening process by our third party service provider or UK Recruitment Team.
  • Telephone or Face-to-Face Interview - Depending on the discipline, our third party service provider or UK Recruitment Team will have the opportunity to ask you more about your preferences and explore some of your skills and competencies a little further.
  • Testing - Depending on the discipline, you may be required to undertake some occupational tests. These typically take place prior to your assessment centre.
  • Factory Tour – Applicants for our Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship are required to attend a factory tour. These typically take place a couple of weeks before the assessment centre.
  • Assessment Centre - This will consist of group exercises, an interview and a presentation. Details will vary depending on the discipline applied for.

We wish you the very best of luck.