NAW Apprentice graphic 2018

NLT is supporting the 11th National Apprenticeship Week (5 – 9 March 2018) by encouraging young people to consider an Apprenticeship in engineering.

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a Government led initiative designed to celebrate the successes of Apprenticeships, raise awareness of the opportunities they can offer, and encourage more people to choose Apprenticeships as a pathway into a rewarding and successful career.

It’s a great time to get into both an Apprentice role and the engineering industry. We’re also currently celebrating the Year of Engineering, which you can find out more about here.

Research has suggested that students who go on to study engineering are more likely than their peers to become billionaires. And engineering is not as many still perceive it to be. Whilst there are still jobs in the industry that are very much the stereotypical ‘hardhats and overalls’ roles, engineering also encompasses many digital, design and development aspects and roles.

This year, the NAW theme is ‘Apprenticeships Work’, showcasing how Apprenticeships work:

  • for individuals
  • for employers
  • for the community
  • for the wider economy


NLT is a specialist engineering Apprentice training provider – delivering training across all areas of companies working within the sector, from Apprentices on the shop floor to those undertaking office-based roles behind the scenes.

So why an Apprenticeship? Apprenticeships offer students the chance to earn whilst learning, without having to juggle full time education with part time employment. There’s also the invaluable work experience to add to a CV. By working in the industry whilst obtaining the relevant qualifications, Apprenticeships can put students ahead of their peers. Students can also begin an Apprenticeship at any point during the year – no waiting around for the next academic year.

After completing his A Levels, Alex Newton was weighing up the options of university and Apprenticeships. He explained: “I figured I could go to university for three or four years of pure education, and then come out and have to complete work based professional courses, or I could spend those three to four years in an AAT Apprenticeship – getting the education in a workplace environment whilst obtaining the qualifications I’d need to succeed.”

He completed his Association of Accounting Technicians Foundation Certificate in Accounting Apprenticeship at EC Surfacing, through training provider NLT, in 2017, and has since been promoted to Financial Controller.

Casey Allen, 19, is currently completing her Level 2 Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering at Foxwood Diesel, through training provider NLT. She explained: “Apprenticeships are a great way to gain experience, learn skills and get paid. I plan to do Level 3 and get to the highest level I can until I’m fully qualified.

“Eventually though I would like to combine my skills with teaching and have my own turbo specialist business where I can employ people and teach them like I’ve been taught. What I’m doing with my employer, combined with the training and qualifications I’m getting at NLT, will give me skills for life.”

Apprenticeships work for individuals. That’s the message that NAW is all about and we agree. But don’t just take our word for it – check out the graphic below for more facts and figures about Apprenticeships and Apprentice satisfaction.

If you want to learn more about Apprenticeships and how you can start your career in engineering, please get in touch.