Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeships
Kenard has been running an apprenticeship programme since 1980. We offer a four year modern apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering and each year we take on up to five new apprentices across both sites.
The first year, which has a duration of 36 weeks, is spent at college working towards the PEO (Performing Engineering Operations) Certificate and the ONC. Outside of the 36 weeks the apprentices are trained in various aspects of engineering, on our shop floor. The framework is monitored by a local training provider or college, and an appointed mentor/tutor. After the first year, college attendance drops to one day a week with the apprentices continuing their studies towards the ONC and then in some cases HNC/Foundation degree.
We may consider sponsoring individuals on to degree level if they are particularly academically strong or have shown a particular commitment. We currently have one ex-apprentice doing just this, attending the University of Greenwich one day per week and he is now a Production Engineer in our Planning Department. We have many highly skilled and highly valued engineers who have come through our apprenticeship programme.
“It’s a good position to start a career. Engineering is very interesting. I like the fact that jobs can be quite difficult and we have to solve problems on a daily basis. There’s no better feeling than to look at a finished component knowing that you completed it to the customer’s specification” – Scott Law, Apprentice at Kenard Dartford.
Want to know more about our apprenticeships?
If you are interested in finding out more about our apprenticeship programme, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org. The information you provide will be received by our HR department. Please allow a little time for the team to respond.