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Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships

PA is a highly successful Technology and Innovation Consultancy. Our engineers are involved in the design and development of world leading products in consumer goods, healthcare and industrial sectors. We are looking for hardworking, enthusiastic individuals, who are already focused on science, technology and engineering subjects, to join our Higher Apprenticeship Scheme

Advanced Apprenticeship Schemes are recognised nationally as fantastic opportunities to join companies as employees, gaining real work experience, earning  a salary and continuing your education up to degree level. PA is offering Advanced Apprenticeships in Technology and Innovation, based at our Cambridge Technology Centre in Melbourn, Hertfordshire and a Further Education college in the area.

Apprenticeship recruitment is currently closed.

the four year programme

PA's Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme is made up of a minimum of fours years study, to educate your skills in Engineering, whilst also working at PA. During that time, we will support you to attend a local Further Education College on a part-time basis to further your education in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. At the same time, you will join our existing apprentices and the Engineering Team developing your skills and experience as part of our Product Design and Development Team. 

On successfully completing your 4th Year it is anticipated that your contract would be made permanent and you will be offered an Analyst position at PA. This entry position into consulting gives you the ability to work on a vast range of projects for our diverse client base. Having already been embedded within our Technology Group during your apprenticeship you will be a key member in delivering our technology and innovation capabilities across all sectors. 

Who we're looking for

We are looking for students who can demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Self-motivated and confident with the ability to use their own initiative
  • A strong team player with an enthusiastic, outgoing personality
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the confidence to deal with people at all levels
  • Able to work unsupervised with changing priorities and demanding deadlines
  • Well organised with excellent time management skills, and the ability to manage different work streams in parallel
  • A strong results driven work ethic

The successful applicants will have good academic results (i.e. a number of GCSEs; including a minimum grade B in Mathematics, English and Sciences) and a thirst for learning.

Further study post GCSE in related subjects is also required, either a L2 BTEC (or above) or A Levels in STEM subjects. Ideally, candidates would also be able to demonstrate involvement in technology related projects they have undertaken at home, school or college.

working at PA

Working at PA is about being part of busy and dynamic environment. Busy because we have deadlines to meet; dynamic because products and processes are constantly evolving and we need to respond to those changes. There will be project meetings going on in different spaces, engineers and designers working on CAD, products and machines being built in the labs and workshops. There will be devices being tested, consultants, engineers and technicians producing reports for clients and supporting future sales initiatives.

You will play an active role in many of these things and although the first year is full time at college, we will invite you to come to PA in the summer before you start college to get to know each other, meet the other Apprentices, the Engineering Team and your support network here at PA.

At our Cambridge Technology Centre, we offer product design and development, manufacturing process development and technology consulting services across a broad range of sectors including healthcare, communications, consumer products and defence and security, ranging from paper towels to explosive detection systems.

studying at college

Your first year with PA allows you to continue your education, spending 3.5 days a week at a Further Education College. There you will complete your Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) training, gaining experience in engineering workshops and lab experience in controlled safe environments. The course also teaches you the basics of manufacturing, mechanical and electrical engineering. You spend another day studying for your L3 BTEC in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, leaving you free to visit our Cambridge Technology Centre on Friday afternoons, to be part of the team.

In your second year you will continue your BTEC studies in electronic engineering at the Further Education College one day a week. Your time at PA will now be spent working with our consultants on client work, easing you into real work. By July in your second year you will be back with us working on projects full time and continuing your NVQ one day a week at college and studying for your HNC2 from September. This format continues through to your third and fourth years completing your BTEC, HNC/HND and NVQs.

You will be attending Bedford College with our current Apprentices to learn the theory that you will put into practice at PA. 

Quotes from our apprentices

how to apply

Apprenticeship recruitment is currently closed.

Contact us

For further information please contact our Apprentice Administrator Sophie at


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