Perkins Peterborough apprenticeships

Each year, Perkins takes a number of apprentices onto its Advanced Engineering and Business Apprenticeship schemes at the Peterborough manufacturing facility, to start a rewarding career within the manufacturing sector.

A Perkins Apprenticeship is an exciting and highly sought-after opportunity to work for one of the world’s leading diesel engine manufacturing companies, based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. With over 80 years of business excellence and experience, our award-winning Apprenticeship Scheme provides apprentices with a path to an engaging career that can last a lifetime.

College-based learning combines with on-the-job work experience to give you insight into various engineering job roles within a large business.

From your first day, we’ll pay you a wage that’s comfortably above the Government minimum so you’ll earn as you learn throughout your apprenticeship. This wage will increase as you progress through the stages of your apprenticeship.

Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship

This four-year Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship consists of two key phases.

The “Foundation Phase”

The first year of the Apprenticeship – the Foundation Phase – will be spent at college and teach you the fundamentals of engineering and business values. This will end with a ‘Mid-Point Assessment’.

During this portion of the apprenticeship, we will also ensure you get first-hand experience of various areas within the business, so you can make an informed choice as to where you want to develop in the future.

After this – from your second year onwards – you will have the opportunity to develop into one of four key areas – Maintenance, Machining, Quality and Research & Development.

The “Development Phase”

Advanced Engineering Apprentices will progress into one of the following areas, based on choice, suitability and business needs:

  • Maintenance:
    Maintenance team members are critical to our business’ success as they possess the technical skills and know-how to maintain our production equipment and facilities. Maintenance apprentices will use computerised systems to oversee routine maintenance, diagnose equipment faults and carry out repairs in a timely manner.
  • Machining:
    Machinists produce quality, precision parts and instruments by operating a variety of machine tools (such as lathes, mills and grinders) with a high level of skill. Includes the fabrication and modification of parts and instruments, routine maintenance of machines, and the calculation of dimensions and tolerances in order to ensure quality.
  • Quality:
    Quality Technicians inspect products and components to ensure that they meet Perkins’ defined standards for customer satisfaction. Without this work being carried out, we would be unable to produce engines of as high quality as we do. This job role requires extensive knowledge of a wide variety of tools and machines used for inspection, and apprentices who pursue this route will work in an advanced ‘standards room’ with a team of highly proficient staff.
  • Research & Development:
    Perkins’ Peterborough site is home to the Europe Research & Development Centre, a state-of-the-art facility that positions technical experts where they are needed most to identify, create and perfect the technologies and solutions to help our customers be successful. We invest more than $2 billion each year in R&D, and our global engineering community powers our efforts. Apprentices will build, rig, and test new technologies that have yet to be mass-produced. Our R&D facility also requires its own team of skilled maintenance staff.

When settled into your chosen specialty area, you will begin the Development Phase, which consists of 80% (4 days per week) on-the-job work experience and 20% (1 day per week) off-the-job training. This portion of the Apprenticeship will provide you with a huge amount of valuable work experience in your specialty.

At the end of the Apprenticeship (4 Years Total) you will sit an End Point Assessment – after successfully passing this, you will receive your apprenticeship certificate.



Join our team in Peterborough as a Business Apprentice and earn whilst you learn. 

You will work towards your apprenticeship through combining college-based learning with on-the-job training that is enhanced by working alongside our skilled workforce whilst rotating around core areas of our business:

  • Operations (including Assembly, Test, Finish, Machining & Quality)
  • Supply Chain
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resource
  • Information Technology
  • Research & Development
  • Global Purchasing

Each of the above departments will provide opportunities to grow and develop your capabilities whilst you gain a foundational understanding of the organisation.

Our Business Apprenticeship Schemes have been designed to ease the pressure that comes with choosing a career path and will expose you to opportunities that will help shape your career.

We are passionate about our people and their development.

To hear from past Apprentices, please look at the Apprentice Profiles.

Moving Forward

Successful Apprentices will be offered a full-time contract with Perkins, and move onto a skilled pay grade.

Engineering Apprentices will be encouraged to apply for Professional Engineering Status with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Business Apprentices can join a professional institution appropriate to their job role, in recognition of their training achievement.

You’ll have your qualification, you’ll have gained real hands-on experience, and will have picked up Perkins’ emphasis on quality, reliability, business excellence and customer service that makes our business a world leader.

So what do we want?

The Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship and Business Apprenticeship is designed for those who’ve completed GCSE or A Levels and runs for three or four years.

Minimum qualification requirement is: 5 GCSEs (or academic equivalents) at grade C or above, including Maths and English. For Advanced Engineering Apprentices, this must include a Science or an engineering-related subject.

For current Perkins employees who apply for the Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship, we do take work experience into account.

You’ll need to demonstrate to us that you have the commitment, timekeeping and organisational skills that you’ll need. Our Advanced Engineering and Business Admin Apprenticeship are tough and demanding courses – but offer the prospect of training to internationally recognised Professional Standards.


Apprentice Profiles

Apprentice Profiles

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Recruitment for our September 2018 Advanced Engineering apprentice intake will open from January - March 2018

Advanced engineering apprenticeship

As of 12/03/2017, we are no longer accepting applications for the advanced engineering apprenticeship scheme this year. Sign up above to receive news about future opportunities in Advanced Engineering & Business Administration.

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Business administration apprenticeship

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Accountancy apprenticeship

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