Design Engineer Apprenticeship CPW

We have an exciting opportunity for an Apprentice Design Engineer to join us at CPW. You will work on a wide variety of building projects across a range of sectors, applying research-led design, innovation, and sustainable methodologies to create tailored solutions, whilst delivering on net-zero carbon.

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Closing date: 03 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    We offer a wide range of competitive benefits to all employees. Further details will be shared with you when we meet you.

  • Working week

    General working hours will be 9.00am - 5.15pm, 4 days a week, with one day per week as your college release day.

    Total hours per week: 36.25

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    03 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Be assigned to a close-knit team with a dedicated mentor and work with them on a variety of exciting construction projects across a range of sectors, including commercial, healthcare, industrial, education and residential
  • Design mechanical and electrical engineering services to create high quality internal environments, developing detailed knowledge of heating, ventilation, cooling and lighting systems
  • Design engineering distribution networks for essential building services, including power, water and data
  • Design a variety of essential systems to ensure occupant safety
  • Use sophisticated computer software to create 3D models detailing how buildings function
  • Learn how to optimise the synergy between engineering and architecture to create low energy, sustainable buildings
  • Meet and work with clients and other professionals such as architects, cost consultants, master planners, ecologists, contractors, acousticians and fire consultants
  • Work closely with the construction teams on site to see your designs come to life
  • Continue to work with evolving technologies and innovative approaches to create a sustainable future for the built environment

The training you will be getting

You will achieve a Level 4 HNC in Building Services Engineering and will study, one day per week.

Training location to be confirmed 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

You will be able to progress from a Level 4 on to a Level 6 / Degree Apprenticeship Course or continue as a Design Engineer, if desired.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4/C) Essential
A Level or equivalent Graphic Design (Grade C) Desired
A Level or equivalent Maths (Grade C) Desired
A Level or equivalent Physics (Grade C) Desired

Things to consider

You must have a Level 3 qualification to progress onto a Level 4 Study. This can include A levels, BTEC or NVQ.

About the employer

CPW is a multi-disciplinary consulting engineering practice, providing mechanical & electrical services to a wide range of clients and market sectors. We’re a friendly team intent on bringing sustainable buildings to life through design. Our people are the beating heart of our organisation. With over 300 staff across 13 office locations, we run an international operation spanning the UK, Poland and India.




20-22 Victoria Street




Melissa Sarson

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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

Building services engineering senior technician

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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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