Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

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Course overview

The JTL engineering technician apprenticeship is an Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3 lasting approximately four years.

Please note this course is only available in the Leeds & West Yorkshire region.

As a JTL apprentice you’ll be in full time employment with a local company receiving a good wage from day one. You’ll spend time learning your trade by gaining hands-on-experience working on-site with your employer, as well as attending a JTL approved college or training centre to learn the theoretical knowledge you will need.

Engineering Technicians take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake within the limits of their personal authority. They also need to be able to demonstrate a core set of behaviours in order to be competent in their job role, complement wider business strategy and development. This will enable them to support their long-term career development.

Engineered and manufactured products and systems that Engineering Technicians work on could involve mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical and fluid power components/systems.

Course Facts

Course Length

Entry Requirements

How much does it cost?


Course Length

4 Years

Entry Requirements

  • You will need to be aged 16 and over for your employer to benefit from support funding.
  • If you’re older than 19, your employer may need to put some of their own money towards your studies.
  • You will need to have been a UK resident for the previous three years, or a national of any European Union (EU) country or European Economic Area (EEA) for the previous three years. This is unless you have an immigration status which exempts you from the three-year residency requirement. Contact JTL for more information about this.
  • You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still in education, but you need to have left before you can start with us. As a rule of thumb, you must have left compulsory education after the last Friday in June of the academic year in which you are applying.
  • You will need an employer before you can start an apprenticeship, although you can apply before you’ve arranged one.
  • If you are colour-blind then you will be unable to apply for an electrical apprenticeship due to health and safety reasons.  
  • If you have a fear of heights, then an apprenticeship in the building services engineering sector may not be right for you as you are likely to be required to work at heights.
  • You must achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths, (unless equivalent GCSEs are already held) e.g. English L2 – GCSE C/4, Maths L2 – GCSE C/4 . These qualifications need to be achieved before the End Point Assessment is taken usually in Year 4 of your apprenticeship.

How much does it cost?

As an apprentice you will not be required to pay anything towards your apprenticeship other than any travel costs you may incur getting to and from your employer’s workplace.

For employers there is no cost for hiring an apprentice aged 16 to 18 years. If you recruit an apprentice aged 19 or over then the costs are 5 per cent of the full cost of the apprenticeship 

Apprentice wage – JTL recommends following the JIB pay rates.

Please note: Apprentices who are aged between 16 and 24 years old, and who have been in local authority care are eligible to receive a bursary. This payment is paid directly to eligible apprentices via JTL. For apprentices who start their apprenticeships up to and including 31 July 2023, the bursary is a single payment of £1,000. It can only be received once by an individual care leaver. For apprentices starting their apprenticeship on or after 1 August 2023, the bursary will be £3,000. It is payable in instalments over the first year of the apprenticeship.


  • EMTA Engineering Maintenance NVQ level 3 and EMTA Performing Engineering Operations NVQ level 2
  • Advanced Diploma in Engineering & Technology
  • Level 2 Functional skills (Essential skills in Wales) in Application of Numbers, Communication, IT, Working With Others, and Improving Own Learning & Performing


More information

Engineering Maintenance Training Course

The advanced engineering maintenance apprenticeship Level 3 course takes approximately four years to complete.

The engineering maintenance apprenticeship covers a number of different areas and options but there are two main pathways:

  • Electrical

  • Services Maintenance

On the Electrical pathway you will carry out the following units:-

  • Carrying out fault diagnosis on electrical equipment and ciricuits
  • Maintaining electrical equipment
  • Modifying or rewiring electrical circuit

On the Services Maintenance pathway you will carry out the following units:

  • Reading and extracting information from service drawings and specifications
  • Carrying out fault diagnosis on services and systems
A maintenance engineer will need to be able to:

  • work at height
  • work alone or with little supervision
  • travel
  • build relationships
  • carry out planned maintenance on engineered systems
  • use engineering drawings and documents during maintenance
  • maintain mechanical and electrical equipment
  • maintain workplace environmental control systems, heating and ventilation systems, gas distribution systems and other equipment
  • choose materials and equipment
  • diagnose and fix faults
  • write reports.

Delivery and Assessment

The course is delivered via day release over an academic calendar year at a JTL training centre or college partner near you however, some regions may offer block release. Your dedicated JTL Training Officer will be able to advise you.

Each apprentice will be allocated a dedicated Training Office to monitor and assess their learning progress throughout their apprenticeship.


Why choose JTL

We offer a range of benefits for both apprentices and their employers. 

  • Free study books for apprentices to support with theoretical knowledge
  • Support from a dedicated JTL Training Officer 
  • Access to our free recruitment service 
  • Practical training in fully equipped and supervised workshops 
  • Free advice and support from the Electrical Industries Charity 
  • Access to the JIB Registered Electrician Skills Development Fund 
  • A JIB PMES Apprentice or JIB ECS card
  • Help accessing funds to support with training costs
  • Ofsted have consistently awarded us as a Grade 2 GOOD Provider 
  • Our Regional and National Awards which celebrates high achieving apprentices 
  • Apprentices will gain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card – to evidence they have the appropriate training and qualifications and are safe to work on construction sites. 

Equality & Diversity

JTL is committed to equality and diversity for all. We want to establish a culture of equality and diversity so that all applicants, apprentices, employers, sub-contractors and staff have the opportunity to work in and towards an environment that is non-discriminatory.

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Career progression

Fully qualified apprentices can progress into roles such as Engineering Technician or supervising an apprentice or other supervisory roles.


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How to apply


Complete online application form


Pass our JTL initial assessment


Take an electrical colour blind test


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