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To work in engineering at any level, maths and science are important and to enjoy finding solutions to challenging problems. Practical skills and being a good communicator, well organised, resourceful and well motivated are also important.

There is much growth in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sector, but Manufacturing and Engineering as a whole is still important to the South Yorkshire economy.

Types of Job

Auto electrician
Nation Average Salary: £17,982
Craft machinist
Nation Average Salary: £42,887
Heating & ventilation engineer
Nation Average Salary: £45,458
Rail engineering technician
Nation Average Salary: £25,331

Are you fascinated by technology? Do you love solving complex problems? Are you a practical person?

Manufacturing and Engineering apprenticeships are well-established in the region and are a good way of getting a high quality job with higher than average earnings and chance to progress. The emphasis is on higher level skilled jobs, which is where the major growth in the economy is.

This work sector has a wide number of different apprenticeship opportunities and levels, depending on where your interests lie.

The apprenticeship areas covered by Manufacturing and Engineering include; Fabrication and Welding, Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering, Vehicle Maintenance and Electrical Engineering.

For some apprenticeships you will study a general engineering/manufacturing pathway and then specialise in something you are most interested in.

You could be learning to make ductwork for hotels or off shore oil platforms, vehicle repair, welding and fabricating to name but a few. You will be using high tech-machines, plus learning more traditional skills and methods, but whatever equipment you use, accuracy and health and safety are critical.

Engineering and Manufacturing is one of the first work areas to have an accredited higher and degree apprenticeship at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU).

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Higher Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship includes a combination of formal education with work-based learning. The programme utilises a variety of Foundation Degrees to address the needs of various industries. In each case, after completing the existing Higher Apprenticeship to Level 5, you can, with appropriate other funding, progress onto an associated BEng Degree.

Remember to look at entry requirements and progression routes with your chosen providers as part of your decision making process. Talk to as many people as possible and do your research.

Regional Facts

South Yorkshire is known world-wide for its precision engineering, metals, high quality design and manufacture of a wide range of products. Increasing investment and development of technology means many work environments are clean and modern.

Many jobs in manufacturing and engineering are in demand, partly due to the ageing workforce in the sector. Expansion in road and rail networks (locally and nationally) mean opportunities in manufacturing and engineering.

HS2 will be the UK’s new high speed railway, providing fast, frequent and reliable services, connecting eight of the largest cities in the UK. Think how many people will need to engineer and manufacture all the parts involved in this development; this is just one example!

Many local engineering businesses offer apprenticeships that help you learn all aspects of the work. Apprenticeships offer excellent opportunities as you get paid while you train and the chance to progress.

Career Facts


  • Problem-solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Accuracy
  • Creative thinking

Useful subjects include:

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • ICT
  • Design

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