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Apprentice Training

Springfields Apprenticeships are based on national standards, fully monitored, and train apprentices in mechanical or electrical skills. With the quality of its training staff and the high standard of equipment made available to apprentices, Springfields can claim to be one of the leading Apprentice Training Centres in the UK.

Advanced Apprenticeship scheme
Springfields Advanced Apprenticeship in engineering is aimed at young people of both sexes with good academic qualifications, who have a mechanical aptitude and enjoy problem solving.

Initially apprentices are taught basic engineering and craft skills to NVQ Level 2 on a 6 month foundation course before starting on specialised training programmes. Following the foundation course, training continues in the advanced workshops of the Training Centre. The third and fourth year apprentices carry out specific tasks throughout the manufacturing plants under the guidance of trained, skilled craftsmen.

Apprenticeship are currently being delivered in the following trades and have an expected duration of 3 ½ years:
  • Electrical maintenance
  • Mechanical maintenance
  • Instrumentation & Control
  • Machining
  • Welding
  • Fabrication
Following the specialised training programme apprentices then progress to a cycle of plant placements to work under the guidance of occupationally competent plant based employees and begin to demonstrate competences in their designated NVQ qualification. You will attend a local college on day release to achieve the technical certificate National Diploma in Engineering. 

Degree Apprenticeships
Westinghouse Springfields has introduced Degree Apprenticeships in Engineering.

The aim is to supply specialist engineering roles within the growing nuclear “new build” arena with bright, talented and enthusiastic young people. Learners will complete a training programme and academic qualifications leading to an Engineering Degree (Hons).

Aimed at young people with at least 4 GCSE A*-C grades including Maths, English Language and a Science plus 3 GCE A-levels (achieved or predicted), including Maths and/or a Science/Technology subject or a BTEC Level 3 qualification in an Engineering/Technology subject with at least Distinction Merit Grade (achieved or predicted).

Duration of the apprenticeship is 4 – 5 Years. Trainees joining us on the Degree Apprenticeship programme will complete Foundation Engineering Skills and work towards qualifications in Engineering in work placements within a variety of our business units. Degree Apprentices will participate in activities that complement our business targets and objectives working alongside qualified personnel. The apprenticeship is open specifically to candidates who are 18 years and over wishing to pursue an engineering career in the nuclear industry. 

Career development
Apprentices attend college on day release to study for an appropriate technical qualification. Apprentices who perform exceptionally well may be offered the opportunity to study at Higher National Certificate level and further to degree level.

A personal training plan is devised for every apprentice and reviewed regularly. Apprentices are encouraged to become involved with local community projects.

All the apprentice training programmes have been set up to achieve national standards through the awarding body EAL. Springfields Training has been inspected by the inspection body Ofsted and received good grades for all areas of its training, thus ensuring a first class start to a career in industry.

If you'd like to know more about our apprenticeship training scheme, including details of how to apply, visit our apprentice training pages.
 

Graduate Scheme

If you'd like to know more about our graduate training scheme - called Aspirations - including details of how to apply, visit the Graduate page here.