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 currently offers Degree Apprenticeships in:

  • Business Management
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Software Engineering

For additional information, please see the apprentice training pages.

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Career development
Apprentices attend college on day release to study for an appropriate 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.

What's it like?

Tom Hughes - Business Degree Apprentice

"It's great to reflect on the many opportunites that I have had in my apprenticeship so far. From having regular interactions with top business executives to being able to represent my company on many fronts, I have enjoyed every minute since I started in Summer 2018".

Hassan Rashid - Software Engineer Degree Apprentice

"When the opportunity came to get a Degree Apprenticeship at Springfields to say I was interested was an understatement. The apprenticeship offered me a chance to gain valuable skills in software design, programming and project management. It was offering me valuable work experience, a fully paid for university degree whilst offering a competitive salary and good benefits". 

Stuart Lamb - Apprentice of the Year 2018
"It was a big achievement to be chosen as the apprentice of the year, but I am most proud of the progress I have made since I was 16 to develop the skills and knowledge I now use in my everyday job as a fitter"

Sam Needham - Labratory Technician Apprentice
"I feel that I have had opportunities from this apprenticeship that I would not have had elsewhere".
Additional Information


Learn more about our graduate training scheme - called Aspirations - including details of how to apply.

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Apprentice Training

Springfields has always been committed to providing quality apprentice training and has delivered nearly 1,850 apprenticeships spanning more than 65 years.

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