Apprenticeship Programme FAQs

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.

I'm interested in becoming a Finning engineer through the apprenticeship programme - how do I apply? 

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?

You will have obtained a GCSE (or equivalent) Grade 4 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 using the 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 take?

The recruitment process takes between three and four months.

What is included in the recruitment process?

Firstly, you will need to let us know you are interested by entering your details online so we can send you an application form. Complete this form and send to us as soon as possible. Our application process starts in the first quarter of each calendar year so keep an eye on our website for more information. 

If your application is accepted, the next stage will be to complete a series of online tests. For this you will need to have access to a computer and also have an email address set up. 

If you are successful at this stage you will be invited to an assessment centre for an interview as well as practical, group and individual exercises. 

Successful candidates will then need to undertake a period of work experience before we make a formal offer. This could be at our UK headquarters in Cannock. We will support you with any travel expenses to enable you to attend this stage of the selection process.

How long is the apprenticeship for?

This is a 2-4 year programme, the time frame will depend on the needs of the business as years 3 and 4 are used for specialisation of qualification. During the first two years of the apprenticeship you will develop skills in maintenance, repair and troubleshooting, the next two years will allow you to develop advanced diagnostic skills and repair techniques that are tailored to you with a focus on your potential final position with Finning. 

What qualifications will I study for? 

The apprenticeship qualifications will be delivered over four years. For the first two 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 an 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)
  • Funcational skills in maths and English (if required)
  • Employment rights and responsibilities
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Internal training tailored to business need

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

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

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

If you are interested in a tour of your local branch please contact us on There may not always be an opportunity for this but we will do our best to accommodate. Please note this may not be the branch in which you will undertake any work. 

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

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 if I have any further questions?

Please email us at


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