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Apprenticeship Programme Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Finning apprentice service engineer?

You will train to become a Finning service engineer. Our engineers are skilled practical personnel who repair and maintain Caterpillar equipment. Our qualified service engineers can be workshop or site based.

What other apprenticeships do you offer?

We offer a parts counter apprenticeship in conjunction with our partner Jaguar Land Rover, where you will work towards a vehicle parts, sales & operations qualification.

How do I apply if I'm interested in embarking on an apprenticeship programme to become a Finning engineer?

Apprenticeship vacancies and the application form are advertised on our open roles page when positions are available. Please note the application form will not be available if we are not recruiting.

What qualifications do I ideally need to have to apply for one of your apprenticeship positions?

You will have obtained a GCSE (or equivalent) Grade C in Maths, English and a Science based subject. In addition you will have good IT skills, as we will train you to be competent in the use of some great technology our engineers have available to them. We also ask that you display a strong interest/aptitude in engineering through work experience or hobbies.

How often do you recruit?

We recruit once a year for all of our apprenticeship positions. We start the recruitment process in the first quarter of each calendar year. If you are successful you will be made an offer ready to join us in September.

How long does the recruitment process last?

Recruitment can last between three to four months.

What is included in the recruitment process?

First you will need to complete the application form . (Applications are currently closed)

If your application is accepted to the next stage you will be required to undertake a series of on-line tests (so an email address and access to a computer is essential).

If you are successful at this stage you will be invited to an Assessment Centre and Interview where practical, group and individual exercises are monitored.

If successful at the assessment centre you are likely to be required to undertake a period of Work Experience before we make a formal offer. This could be at any of our branches country wide.

How long is the apprenticeship programme for?

This is a 2- 4 year program, the time frame will depend on the needs of the business as years 3 and 4 are used for specialisation of qualification. The first two years of apprenticeship will develop skills in maintenance, repair and troubleshooting and then a further two years of apprenticeship could take these skills further to develop advanced diagnostic skills and repair techniques that are tailored to and focus on your potential final position within Finning supporting either Equipment Solutions or Power Systems divisions.

What qualifications will I study for?

The apprenticeship qualifications will be delivered over four years. For the first 2 years you will initially be working towards a NVQ Level 2 qualification on the Caterpillar accredited programme. On completion you will then specialise and progress to a NVQ Level 3 qualification in areas such as Plant Maintenance, Electrical Power Generation or Marine.

What does the apprenticeship programme consist of?

  • National Vocational Diploma Qualification
  • Diploma (Underpinning Knowledge)
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English (if required)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Internal training tailored to the business needs.

Will I be expected to live away from home?

You will be expected to attend our Academy based in Cannock, Staffordshire, for specific areas of training, you will typically attend the Academy in two to four week blocks over five or six separate occasions during the first two years. You will stay in accommodation locally for the duration of each training block. Travel home at weekends will be agreed with your manager in line with our travel policy.

When you are not in the Academy you will be required to apply your new skills to gain experience working in any of our branches throughout the UK & Ireland.

Following apprenticeship with Finning you will be available to work at a location within the UK supporting our Equipment Solutions and Power Systems divisions. Where you work may depend on the needs of the business so there will be a degree of flexibility needed.

Will my accommodation and travel be paid for by the company?

Yes, we pay for and organise accommodation and travel in line with our robust travel policy.

Am I able to come and have a tour of a local branch?

If you are interested in a tour of a local branch (this may not be the branch in which you will undertake any work) please contact us on apprenticeapplications@finning.co.uk There may not always be an opportunity for this but we will do our best to accommodate.

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of my apprenticeship?

The goal of the apprenticeship is to deliver first class engineers to the business for the long term. You will have regular performance reviews throughout your time with us. Your future career with Finning will depend on your performance and the achievement of your qualifications.

What if I am an already qualified or part qualified engineer?

If you are a part or fully qualified engineer we may have vacancies within Finning. Please check our open vacancies or contact humanresources@finning.co.uk

Is Finning UK and Ireland an Equal Opportunities Employer?

We are indeed and we do encourage candidates from a diverse background.

Who do I contact should I have any further questions?

Please e-mail us at apprenticeapplications@finning.co.uk