Higher Apprenticeship

What is a Higher Apprenticeship?

What is Higher Apprenticeship?

Higher apprenticeships provide an opportunity for students to gain a qualification at level 4 and above alongside working. We offer Higher Apprenticeships at Level 4, which include an NVQ and HNC qualification. This is the equivalent to the first year of a degree and can provide further opportunities to learn up to level 7 through academic or vocational routes. Higher Apprenticeships offer a combination of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Upskilling your workforce is cost-effective and will support in developing a motivated, qualified and professional workforce.

Pathways that we offer:


As a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship, we offer two different standards:

  • Automation and Controls Engineering Technician
  • Engineering Manufacturing Technician


(A Pearson Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering is included within both of these qualifications)

Manufacturing Technician pathway covers:

Engineering Manufacturing Technician:

This occupation is found in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors, such as Automotive, Aerospace/Airworthiness, Chemical Processing, Land Systems, Maritime Defence, Materials Manufacturers and their respective supply chains. Research indicates that the sector needs to recruit approximately 124,000 engineers and technicians every year.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the quality, safety and delivery of the manufactured product or service, ensuring it is delivered to the customer on time at the agreed cost. Although working within defined quality processes and procedures, they are responsible for the delivery, quality and accuracy of the work they complete. They have the autonomy to use judgement when undertaking occupational duties and applying their technical knowledge, skills and behaviours in a wide range of contexts and environments.  They also have a responsibility to identify and contribute to making improvements such as business processes, procedures, ways and methods of working.

Automation and Controls pathway covers:

Automation and Controls Engineering Technician:

This occupation is found in cross-sector (e.g. Automotive, Food & Drink, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Construction), companies involved in manufacturing (discrete or process), logistics or utility environments.  These employers may be directly involved in these activities or as a provider of services (e.g. systems integration, field service, technical consultancy) to these companies.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the ordering, coordination of services, working to established operating procedures for resources such as equipment and software to ensure the functionality of automation systems are maintained.


Individuals in service provision would certainly find themselves working in a more autonomous situation.  In either situation, they would be responsible for their own actions and to protect those around them with respect to health, safety and the environment.