Peterborough Apprenticeships


Are you a school leaver looking for an alternative to full-time college or university?

Do you fancy a change from your current role?

Are you looking for an opportunity to build on your capabilities?

Our apprenticeship schemes could be the ideal next step for you.


Why choose us?

As a Caterpillar employee you are part of a winning team that gives you the support you need to succeed – and the work you do makes a difference in the lives of people all around the world. To learn more, click HERE

Caterpillar owns a complex portfolio of brands.  At the Peterborough facility we are responsible for the marketing, sales and manufacturing of industrial engines for both the Cat and Perkins brands.

To learn more about the Cat brand, click HERE

To learn more about the Perkins brand, click HERE


Why join the team as an Apprentice / Trainee?

  • You will earn a very competitive salary and benefits package, designed to reward you for contributing to our success, while you learn in the workplace. Starting salary can vary dependent on apprenticeship scheme. You will find the salary in the relevant vacancy.
  • You will gain valuable experience in real work environments giving you a head start in your chosen career and allowing you to build on your capabilities.
  • You will learn the latest skills and knowledge from our experts.
  • You will finish with a nationally recognised qualification that could provide you with a competitive difference at no cost to you.
  • Pension scheme - We offer a competitive contributory company pension scheme. Company matching contribution of up to 10%. 
  • Share scheme - For every two shares you buy, we will give you one together with tax advantages.
  • Professional qualifications - We will offer financial support towards achieving a professional qualification in your chosen field. (e.g. engineers who wish to become chartered).
  • Employee discount scheme - Access to a wide variety of employee discounts in high street shops and supermarkets exclusive to Caterpillar.
  • Employee assistance scheme - Counselling, financial, health and legal information and support services are provided free of charge to all employees of Caterpillar through Validium.
  • Holidays - minimum of 25 days plus bank holidays.
  • Free parking - There is free parking for employees at all of our sites.


What types of apprenticeships do we offer?

We have something for everyone. Our apprenticeship offerings adapt dependent on the needs of our business and, therefore, can vary year on year. This provides you with the choice and the tools to develop your desired career.

Levels of apprenticeships

Name Level Equivilent Educational Level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A-Level
Higher 4 and 5 HNC, HND or Foundation degree
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or Master’s degree



  • Finance
  • Foundational Data Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing / Engineering
  • Product / Commercial Management
  • Purchasing
  • Supply Chain

Note: the structure of our schemes, which include qualifications, delivery models, schedules, and content will differ dependent on discipline, level, course and college / university partners.


What do I need to apply?

  • You must be 16 or over with the relevant qualifications (or equivalent).
    • All of our apprenticeship schemes require you to have attained five GCSE grades (or predicted grades) of A – C / 4 – 9, including Maths and English (or equivalent).
    • In addition to the above, many of our schemes require you to have attained two A-Levels grades (or predicted grades) A – C (or equivalent). Some schemes require you to have attained certain A-Levels at grades (or predicted grades) A – C (or equivalent). If this is the case, these will be specified in the relevant vacancy.
    • You must be able to evidence these qualifications.
  • There are no age restrictions on any of our apprenticeship schemes.
  • You must be eligible to live and work in the UK.
  • You must not be in full-time education.
  • You must not have completed any prior training or a previous apprenticeship similar or the same as the vacancy you are applying for.


How do I apply?

It's simple. Click on the relevant link below for more details and to submit your application to apply.

Note: Apprentice / Trainee recruitment usually takes place between January and July.

Current open vacancies:

Our apprenticeship vacancies have closed for 2019. Our 2020 apprentice recruitment is scheduled to start in January 2020. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up to our expression of interest to be kept up to date with our future offerings as they become available.

The current offerings available are not what I am looking for.

Don't worry. We offer a variety of apprenticeships. Our current vacancies are the apprenticeships we are recruiting for now. If you can’t find what you are looking for get in touch on

You can also sign up to our expression of interest where we will keep you up to date with our future offerings as they become available.

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I’ve applied. What happens next?

Thank you for applying! Here is typically what happens next. The specific timelines for our apprenticeship offerings can be found in the relevant vacancy.

  • Application Form Screening - Your application will be passed through a rigorous screening process by our third party service provider or UK Recruitment Team.
  • Telephone or Face-to-Face Interview - Depending on the discipline, our third party service provider or UK Recruitment Team will have the opportunity to ask you more about your preferences and explore some of your skills and competencies a little further.
  • Testing - Depending on the discipline, you may be required to undertake some occupational tests. These typically take place prior to your assessment centre.
  • Assessment Centre - This will consist of group exercises, an interview and a presentation. Details will vary depending on the discipline applied for.

We wish you the very best of luck.


I have a question or would like to provide feedback.

Feel free to email us at

We are more than happy redirect your question to the relevant person and we value all feedback as it allows us to continuously improve our processes.