Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship - Prototype Mechanic FORD MOTOR COMPANY LIMITED

This is an exciting opportunity to pursue practical work experience using world class technologies and processes, alongside academic learning. Your role can include early concept design and development engineering and preparation for vehicle launches. Including assembly, testing, validating and analysing performance of new vehicles and components

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This will also attract a holiday premium. The salary increases on successful completion of each apprenticeship year, throughout the apprenticeship.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8.15am to 4.15pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    16 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    10 available

What you will do in your working day

Learn basic engineering skills such as:

  • Machining
  • Fabricating sheet metal
  • Basic principles of electronic circuits and wiring
  • Work alongside skilled teams in a prototype testing environment, to enhance your on the job learning
  • You will regularly rotate within the engineering departments at our research and development centre


The training you will be getting

Basic Engineering skills for use in product design and development.

You will also study for a technical engineering qualification as a Product Design & Development Technician (Prototype Mechanic) Apprentice:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Product Design and Development
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • Together with successful completion with an End Point Assessment (EPA), 
  • Block release at college to compliment engineering theory
  • The first 18 months of the apprenticeship will be held at CEME training centre in Rainham, Essex

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Engineering Technician qualified status and guaranteed further employment on successful completion of the apprenticeship in your chosen trade


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, A conscientious approach, Resilience, Adaptability


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade C or 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade C/B or 5 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Physics or Double Science (Grade C or 4 or above) Essential

Things to consider

The first 18 months of the apprenticeship will be held at CEME training centre in Rainham, Essex. Consideration about your journey and required attendance each day, should be considered if you are unable to drive.

About the employer

Ford Motor Company is a Global Automotive Industry Leader, designing, developing, manufacturing, and distributing cars globally. We’re working to revolutionise mobility; we are creating solutions to build a better world for everyone! To support our incredible plans for the future of mobility, our manufacturing facilities will be revolutionised! As we pivot towards a new range of exciting products, we are looking for individuals to join the Ford family; ready to support our exciting future!





Marsh Way

RM13 8GQ


Ford Apprenticeship Recruitment Team

03330 146299

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Step 1: Online Application Main Details Education & Qualifications Trade Preferences Step 2: Multiple Choice & Virtual Interview Step 3: Psychometric Testing Step 4: Assessment Centre which inlcudes: Group Exercise, Interview, Practical Exercise (held after Assessment Centre) Step 4: Functional Skills – Maths, Numeracy and IT

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Apr 2024