Apprenticeship Programs in the United Kingdom

In the U.K., apprenticeships are a way to earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Coupled with additional training from a partner training provider, the individual will work towards nationally recognised qualifications. These programs have benefits for both individuals (apprentices) and employers. Most of the training is carried out by the employer working in collaboration with an approved training provider, who manages the apprentice’s training and assessment programme.

Program Objectives

To train and develop selected members of the community to become qualified in engineering trades crafts to a nationally certified standard of knowledge and skills to meet the site’s future trades/craft requirements.


  • Barry


  • Mechanical Technician
  • Electrical/Instrumentation and Analyser Technician
  • Rigger
  • Elastomers (Mechatronics) Technician

Program Structure

The standard period of the apprenticeship is 4 years, combining learning at Dow with learning at college. Attendance at college is full time in the first year and part time in the following years. Learning on the job includes skills training and practical experience in the workshop with some controlled field experience as well as attendance during college closure periods. Graduation is 3 to 4 years at the end of the program. Written and practical examinations required. On or around 31 August on successful completion of the required courses, the apprentice will be awarded with a Modern Apprenticeship Certificate.

Contract Type

An indication of intent from Dow Corning will be made to the apprentice 3 months prior to completion of the apprenticeship. Factors listed below are considered for continued employment at Dow Corning following completion of the apprenticeship programme:

  • Formal approval through site management procedures to offer employment, generally dependent on a relevant job vacancy.
  • Attainment of all the above-listed qualifications, satisfactory performance together with a positive and supportive attitude.


The standard period of the apprenticeship will be 4 years. The Program commences at an agreed-upon date prior to the start of the college year (on or around September 1). Employment may start earlier (August, or as soon as the candidate reaches the age of 16) for induction training; i.e., an introduction to the relevant people, workplace, and associated systems prior to starting full time college.

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