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Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering (SE Essex and Bridgend)

The Ford Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering is a dynamic learning programme for individuals who are passionate about engineering. It equips you with the practical and theoretical knowledge to drive a successful and fulfilling career in Ford. You will complete a comprehensive training programme which is over and above the requirements of a standard Apprenticeship; developing planning, teamwork and communication skills. 

The Ford Apprenticeship has been designed to help you develop your skills to support the manufacture of the latest Ford products and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. 

The programme consists of both on and off the job training. On the job training will take place at the relevant Ford operation dependent upon the discipline you follow and the recruiting area's requirements. Off the job training takes place locally to the region you apply. 

Opportunities available differ by location and will depend upon the business requirements at that time. Below is an example of potential disciplines:

  • Electro-mechanical craftsperson
  • Toolmaker
  • Prototype mechanic

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  • I am an apprentice at Ford because of my interest in engineering. I first started becoming interested in engineering at home, where my dad (also a tool maker at Ford Motor Company) would do odd jobs around the house and I would often help. I enjoyed seeing how things could be made and adapted to fit different things around my house. I then decided to choose Engineering as a GCSE subject at secondary school to learn more about the in depth subject. This was where I started to explore the different aspects of Engineering, i.e. design, finance and the manufacture of a work piece. I gained an A* in this subject at the end of year 11.

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