Perkins Stafford Apprenticeships

Stafford apprenticeships
Stafford apprenticeships

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.

Our Stafford facility employs around 300 people and is responsible for the design, development and manufacture of large diesel engines which are used primarily in prime and standby generator sets for the global electric power industry.

Each year we seek to recruitment a number of apprentices for different areas of the business depending on the business needs. This process starts around March / April of each year, with a start date of September of the same year. Please come back later to see what position we have available and what we are seeking.

So, 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 upon your capabilities and start a rewarding career within the manufacturing sector then we’d love to hear from you.

To find out more about our apprenticeships or the application process contact

Applicants should have the following as a minimum for our main apprenticeships that we offer:

  • Good communication skills
  • Good time management and organisation skills
  • Basic PC skills (e.g, Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams etc)
  • 5 GCSEs (or academic equivalents) at Grade C / Level 4 or above
    • Which must include:
      • Maths and English

Important dates

Each year as part of the apprentice recruitment process we have the following activities:

  • Apprentice application open and become live – April 2025 (TBC)
  • Apprentice open evening at the facility on Tixall Road – May 2025 (TBC)
  • Apprentice applications close – June 2025 (TBC)
  • Assessment centres and interviews – June 2025 (TBC)
  • Apprentice onboarding, college assessment, workwear measuring and medicals – July 2025 (TBC)
  • Apprentices start date – September 2025 (TBC)

Contact information

To find out more about our apprenticeships or the application process contact


Please return back in early 2025 for details of what apprenticeships are available at the Stafford facility.

To find out more about our apprenticeships or the application process contact us below:

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People having a meeting in Perkins manufacturing facility
People having a meeting in Perkins manufacturing facility

You must conduct yourself within Caterpillar’s values and behaviours at all times

Health and safety

  • Ensure that safe working practices are adhered to
  • Raise safety observations as and when required and report any actual injury’s or near miss event
  • Ensure that you are aware of the PPE requirements and are utilising this at all times
  • Have an awareness of site Health and Safety policies and work in accordance with this, raising instances where these are not being adhered to
  • Understand and implement ‘Stop to Fix’ processes
  • Ensuring that any equipment used to complete tasks is fit for purpose and adequate risk assessments are in place

Communication and collaboration

  • Be able to interact effectively with key support groups and departments in the business
  • Prepare and present information to department leaders on work being completed / project plans / progress, as and when required
  • Attend all meetings as requested by the training manager and department leaders
  • Work collaboratively as part of a wider team
  • Understand the department and team metrics

 Learning, development and training

  • Actively participate in seeking improvement opportunities with the department and presenting these to the department leader
  • Complete all work assigned by the training provider by the required deadline
  • Complete all work based evidence collection as required by the qualification standard
  • Complete and record all ‘Off The Job (OTJ)’ training as required by the qualification standard
  • Complete any remedial training that may be prescribed by the training provider (including functional skills and other training requirements)
  • Complete any site-specific training as given by the training manager
  • Ensure assign tasks are completed within agreed timelines
  • Raise any quality issues to department leader and where appropriate take part in the investigation process, so determine route cause
  • Support the business where appropriate with any local initiatives or projects
  • Take ownership for required learning that you will be assigned
  • Actively seek additional learning opportunities, eg, through the Workday learning module
  • Maintain good 5s and housekeep standards in own work area