Shrewsbury Apprenticeships

At Caterpillar Shrewsbury we are proud of our apprenticeships which provide a safe and supportive environment for you to put your newly-acquired knowledge and skills into practice. If successful in joining us, you will gain valuable experience in real work environments giving you a head start in your career and allowing you to build on your capabilities. You will also gain an Advanced qualification which is transferable and recognised within the industry.

Based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, our facility has over 100 years of manufacturing experience and now specialises in a wide variety of military, rail and Cat machine engines, transmissions and drive line systems.

We work with learning providers who have modern facilities, who understand our business and tailor your learning to help you be successful at work. Our four-year Advanced Apprenticeship programme includes:

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  • 12 months full-time at college to achieve a Level 2 qualification, which will include additional units specific to our business. This incorporates a number of weeks where you will be in-company full-time with planned on-the-job training.
    • This provides an excellent foundation of basic skills and theory for a career in manufacturing and engineering.
    • During this period, you will be regularly visited by Caterpillar Shrewsbury leaders and you will spend a number of weeks working on site, to ensure that we build a relationship with you and that you feel part of our business and become familiar with the site itself.
  • Two years’ day release (one day per week) to complete BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
    • Three days per week in work with one day per week day release. Work-based learning with on-the-job training allows you to learn from our skilled workforce whilst bringing new and innovative practices to our business. This phase includes a structured rotation plan where you will gain experience in a number of operational areas of the business.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be a qualified Engineering Technician. You will also be professionally recognised by the IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers).
  • Our current apprentices regularly represent our business at various Future Talent events and have also participated in other internal projects and external opportunities to build their abilities, such as the World Skills competition and the Army Reservists Challenge.

Our Apprenticeships 

This year we are recruiting for four positions. Our apprenticeship roles will be based in each of the following areas:

Do you like the idea of creating bespoke items and specialist components? Do you like the idea of developing salvage techniques? As a Machining Apprentice, you will learn to use various machining techniques on lathes, grinders, millers and state-of-the-art 5-axis CNC machines. You will use a variety of different tools, systems, and machines and interpret drawings to create new components, and return used components back to “new” quality against the drawing specification. These specialised activities support the remanufacturing and development of a range of our engines and transmissions across the business.

Do you like learning how things are made, what they are made from, and how they are built? Do you like problem solving, and seeking improvement? As a Manufacturing Engineering Apprentice, you will work alongside all other areas of the business learning the manufacturing processes and techniques used for production. You will be involved in the development and creation of processes for manufacture of complex machining, assembly, and test processes.  

You will learn to use CAD software to design layouts and tooling and will support Production Operations by improving Safety, Efficiency and Problem Solving using RCCA and Lean Manufacturing Tools following the Caterpillar Production System method. You will learn project management techniques and lead plans which improve the facility and introduce new products incorporating all the elements of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP).

Within Manufacturing Engineering, you will have the opportunity to learn specialist skills in Assembly, Machining and Test, over a diverse range of products from components, transmissions, engines and powerpacks, becoming an integral member of the production team.

Are you a practical and hands on learner with a keen interest in advanced military engines and transmissions? Do you like the idea of supporting the build and test of new powertrain components within the research and development space? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then our Level 3 Engineering Workshop apprenticeship could be the ideal apprenticeship scheme for you! From day one you will be embedded in a team solving real-world problems by combining college-based learning with on-the-job training. You will learn the latest skills and knowledge from our engineering workshop experts. Our engineering workshop team members use a variety of mechanical, electrical and software-based systems to measure, build and test powertrain components to support the needs of the Shrewsbury Engineering department.


What do I need to apply?

At Caterpillar, we are proud of our five core values: Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Commitment and Sustainability. We ask that those applying for this apprenticeship possess these personal qualities as well as the following:

  • Good hand-eye coordination and dexterity
  • Be interested in mechanical and electrical engineering

The academic requirements for entry onto the course of study are:

  • You must be 16 or over with the relevant qualifications (or equivalent)
    • All of our apprenticeship schemes require you to have attained three GCSE grades (or predicted grades) of A*–C/4–9, including Maths, Science and English (or equivalent). For Machining and Technical Engineering, you are required to have attained five GCSEs at the above grades. 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 at the start of the apprenticeship, 1st September
  • You must not have completed any prior training or a previous apprenticeship similar or the same as the vacancy you are applying for. If you are concerned about this aspect and the qualifications you have, please contact with the details of your existing qualification

Benefits of employment with caterpillar

We offer a range of benefits, and your salary will increase as you achieve your academic milestones and gain experience. You will find the salary in the relevant vacancy details when you apply.

When working at our facility, you will work a 37-hour week, Monday to Thursday. (If you are under 18, your daily hours of work may be reduced to comply with Working Time Regulations.) When at college, you will work a five-day week.

How to apply

Our September 2024 vacancies are now open.

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I’ve applied. What happens next?

Thank you for applying! Typically, the process takes around six weeks following the closing date:

  • Stage one – Online Application: The first stage of the process is to complete the online application; this must be done before the closing date of the role that you're applying for.  Once we reach the close date, we will begin reviewing all our applications, this may take a little while and we will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you have been successful in moving forward to the next stage. 
  • Stage two – Assessment Centre: The half day assessment centre (i.e. interview) will look at a range of behaviours such as teamwork, decision-making, communication, and problem-solving. Each will consist of a group exercise, an interview and a presentation. Details will vary depending on the career area/role you are applying for. We aim to make these days fun, inclusive and as relaxed as possible. 
  • Stage three – Offer: After the assessment centre, the Caterpillar team will review the feedback and extend offers to our chosen candidates, we aim to do this as quickly as possible.

We wish you the very best of luck and look forward to hearing from you.

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