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.


Peterborough Apprenticeships
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Peterborough Apprenticeships

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. 

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

  • 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/or allowing you to build on your capabilities.

  • You will finish with a nationally recognised qualification that could provide you with a competitive difference at no cost to you and we can offer financial support towards achieving a professional qualification in your chosen field. (e.g. engineers who wish to become chartered).

  • And more!

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.

Apprenticeship levels we typically offer








4 and 5

HNC, HND or Foundation degree



Bachelor’s degree



  • Technical: Data, Engineering, Environmental, Health and Safety, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Quality.
  • Business: Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Marketing, Sales, 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.

  • You must be aged 16 or over by time of employment and there is no upper age limit.
  • You must not be in full-time education by time of employment.
  • You must have attained the relevant qualifications (or equivalents) as outlined in the vacancy you are applying for and be able to evidence them.
  • You must not have completed any prior training or a previous apprenticeship similar or the same as the vacancy you are applying for.
  • You must be eligible to complete an apprenticeship in England, UK, as per the relevant funding rules.

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

Current open vacancies

We typically recruit apprentices for our Peterborough facility between January to March each year. When we’re recruiting, you’ll find links to our apprenticeship vacancies here.

Application hints and tips

Your online application form is the first chance you get to make a good first impression.

  • Make sure you are honest about your academic achievements, as we will check.
  • Be realistic.
  • Tell us about any hobbies & interests you have that are relevant to the discipline you are applying for.
  • You have researched the company and the programme you wish to join.
  • Take your time to answer all the questions fully and to the best of your ability.
  • Be yourself-do not use quotations from our website/publications we want to hear about you. 
  • Do not waffle. Give us the most important details.
  • Do not repeat yourself.
  • If a word count is provided, use it fully.
  • Make sure your contact details are up-to date and that you are able to check the telephone and email address you provide for messages on a regular basis.
  • Check everything! Especially spelling and grammar.

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.
  • Factory Tour – Applicants for our Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship are required to attend a factory tour. These typically take place a couple of weeks before the 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.

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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.