Engineering Composite Technician Apprentice National Composites Centre

The National Composites Centre is now recruiting for our next composite technician apprentices. This is the perfect place to start your engineering career. You will get your NVQ 2&3 and technical certificate by the end of this Apprenticeship.

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Closing date: 11 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday. Shifts to be confirmed, flexi time also offered.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    07 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Combining formal classroom and on the job training; develop your knowledge, skills and capabilities of composites manufacturing techniques.

Whilst at college, learn fundamental engineering and manufacturing practice and theory including examination at various stages in the year.

During on-the-job training, work with the research engineering and workshop teams on practical and theoretical day to day work projects.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

How the Apprenticeship works:

  • 3 year scheme which combines on the job training and classroom learning.
  • 1st year is spent mainly at college except for when you’ll come to the NCC to put what you’ve learnt at college into practice and learn even more.
  • 2nd and 3rd years are spent mainly at the NCC with one day a week at college.
  • Qualification - NVQ 2&3 and technical certificate.

As part of the apprenticeship, apprentices will be required to achieve a recognised L3 Engineering qualification, as approved by the relevant professional institution, to be deemed eligible to apply for Engineering Technician (Eng.Tech.) status with The Institute of Materials( IOM3) and/or the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Potential for a full-time job offer, however this is not guaranteed. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Willingness, Passionate, Enthusiasm, Committed


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 6/B) Essential

Things to consider

You are required to have 5 GCSE's at A-C/9-4 including B/6 or higher in Maths and Science. You will receive company paid private medical insurance and NHS cash plan. Up to 9.5% employer pension contribution. 25 days of holiday (with ability to buy/sell up to 5 days per year) Christmas shut down every year. Flexibility in working patterns. Cycle-to-work scheme, honorary staff status at UoB.

About the employer

The future of composites manufacturing relies on the NCC, and we rely on the right individuals to make it happen, whether they’re engineers or not! The NCC isn’t just about aerospace. We’re working with over 16 sectors and a variety of customers, from private ventures to the global tier 1 companies, providing variety to your experience. If the scope of exciting work isn’t enough to sway you, our ethos of continued learning and development and flexible working patterns will.


National Composites Centre


National Composite Centre Bristol & Bath Science Park

Feynman Way

Emersons Green

BS16 7FS

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Training provider



Chloe Bishop


Apprenticeship standard

Composites technician

Level 3 (A level)

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