Engineering Apprenticeships

Finning Apprenticeships

Engineers for the future

Iain Carpenter is the Service Operations Director and has been with Finning for 30 years. Iain started at Finning as an Apprentice in Glasgow and in the last 12 years has held a range of Senior Leadership roles.

Sam Pearce is a Land Based Service Technician Apprentice. Sam is currently in his second year of his four-year Apprenticeship programme.

Craig Smallman is the Apprenticeship Quality Manager and has been with Finning for 13 years. Craig manages and delivers two different Apprenticeship programmes. Craig also started at Finning as an Apprentice.

Chloe Harris has just completed her level 3 land-based service engineer apprenticeship with Finning UK & Ireland. Find out in this video what she has to say about the experience.


Applications open in December 2023 for September 2024 intake

If you are looking for a career in engineering with a forward looking, dynamic and professional organisation then look no further than Finning UK & Ireland, the world's largest Caterpillar dealer - servicing Cat equipment and engines.

We are looking for flexible, enthusiastic people with a passion for engineering to come and join us for the long term. We will develop your existing skills through our award-winning Apprenticeship programme. On successful completion you will become a Caterpillar® Qualified Engineer, with nationally recognised qualifications, leading to a long and rewarding career in our workshops and Field Service teams.

Our purpose-built academy at our Cannock headquarters is the base for our Apprenticeship programme, where we will help you develop into the engineer of tomorrow. As an engineer, you could be working with anything from earthmoving machines to marine engines and electric power generators, whilst always delivering outstanding customer experience where safety is paramount.

We have two apprenticeship programmes:

Level 3 Electric Power Engineer Apprenticeship:

  • On our four-year programme you will develop your knowledge and skills to become an Electric Power Engineer. That could be an EP Field engineer providing breakdown response to our Gas/Diesel engine sector. A Data Centre engineer ensuring the back-up power is always ready to come on during a mains outage. A Commissioning engineer where you will carry out vital tests/checks on a newly installed project before operations begin. Or a Marine engineer working on all different kinds of marine crafts.

Level 3 Service Engineer Apprenticeship:

  • On our four-year programme you will develop your knowledge and skills to become a Finning Service Engineer. That could be a Rebuild/Repair Engineer in one of our workshops, repairing or overhauling; Track Type Tractors, Excavators, Dump Trucks, Wheel Loaders, Articulated Dump Trucks, the list goes on! Or you could be a field Service Engineer providing breakdown response in a fast-paced environment to our customers on site, keeping their machines up and running and our customers happy!

Recruitment Process

Apply Online

It’s simple! Upload your CV, tell us about your experience/skills and answer a couple of applications questions. You’ll then be screened on meeting the entry requirements for the programme.

Telephone Interview

Successful applicants will then be invited to a brief telephone interview with one of the early careers team. This is a great opportunity for us to get to know you better and for you to get a deeper understanding of the programme.


After a successful telephone interview, you will then be invited to a formal interview with the early careers team and the hiring manager for your location. We will provide you with advice and guidance so you can prepare in advance for the interview.

Workshop trial

After a successful formal interview, you will then attend a 1-day workshop trial in your location. This will give us  an opportunity to see you in the workplace and for you to see the job first hand and meet the team.


Successful candidates will then be offered a job opportunity at their applied location. You will be enrolled onto the apprenticeship programme at Finning and start your role in the first week of September.

Meet Our Apprentices

Still have questions or want to know even more?

Our Apprentices Enjoying Team Building

Our apprentices taking part in a team building, an exercise which is aimed at strengthening some of the qualities needed in our apprenticeship program. At Finning, team work is a fundmental quality which we value, it helps us deliver a first class customer experience and create a working environment which is enjoyed amongst all our employees.
Team Building 1
Team Building 2
Our apprentices, whilst getting help from their fellow team mates, also had a test of their own determination and drive, and when we say test, we mean climb a very tall structure and encourage others to follow in their footsteps. It was great to see the apprentices show such drive which will carry them far in the program and will strenghten a key quality needed in becoming an engineer.