Control Systems Engineer Apprentice FESTO LIMITED

Join a world leading innovative supplier of automation technology. You will be based in our Northampton Office. Year 1 & 2 will require part studying at Aston University and in company, with subsequent years in company and online lessons. The role will cover various aspects of engineering from mechanical to automation and from hardware to software.

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Closing date: 14 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Year1 – £18,000 + expenses to Aston* Y2 – £19,000 + expenses to Aston* Y3- £22,000 + expenses to Aston* Y4 - £25,000 + expenses to Aston* Subject to company cost of living increases & company bonus after 6 months *Travel & Accommodation

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 7.5 hours per day Hours of work are normally 8.30 to 17.00 with one hour for lunch – some do 8.00am to 4.30pm. This will rarely include evenings or weekends only on a very, very odd occasion.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2024

  • Date posted

    11 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The role will aim to provide an all-round experience of what being an engineer means in Festo GB. 

Working with experienced mechanical, mechatronic, electrical, electronic and software engineers you will learn skills in all areas of engineering providing the best possible start to your career. 

On top of your study you will work with many different departments and have the opportunity to experience many of the different roles that Festo GB offers to its engineering staff.

The training you will be getting

BEng (Hons) qualification - in control systems engineer

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Although we cannot guarantee a permanent role at the end of your apprenticeship, if suitable opportunities are available then you will of course be able to apply.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent Any- STEM Subject preferred (Grade 9 to 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Any- STEM Subject preferred (Grade 9 to 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9 to 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9 to 6) Essential
GCSE or equivalent STEM Subject (Grade 9 to 5) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any- Ideally STEM Subject (Grade 9 to 5) Essential
A Level or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 9 to 6) Essential
A Level or equivalent STEM Subject (Grade 9 to 5) Essential

Things to consider

For the first 2 years the apprentice candidates will be attending Aston University for a scheduled number of weeks each year but based and working at the Festo office in Northampton for any remaining time. The following 2 years are working at the Festo office in Northampton and studying the BEng online with Aston University. Please note, the application should be completed in your own words and use of AI technology to assist in your application will be spotted should you proceed to the interview stage. During college holidays you will be required to work at Festo although of course you will be eligible for 25 days annual holiday plus bank holidays that can be booked with agreement of your manager.

About the employer

About the employer* Festo is a worldwide leading supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology. The globally aligned, independent family enterprise with headquarters in Germany, has evolved into a performance leader within its respective industry over a period of 50+ years as a result of innovation and problem-solving competence covering all aspects of pneumatics and automation, and thanks to its unique offerings in the field of industrial training and vocational education. Festo in the UK and Ireland is a wholly owned subsidiary of Festo worldwide.




Applied Automation Centre Caswell Road Brackmills Industrial Estate



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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

Control systems engineer (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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

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