Apprenticeships

Land-based Engineering apprenticeships have been designed to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes for the twenty first century Land-based Service Engineer

For many young people apprenticeships are a great way into work and a fantastic career without the worry of a student loan and debt. More and more young people are starting apprenticeships as an alternative to A Levels and University.

When completing an apprenticeship in Land-based Engineering you will learn the skills that employers are looking for. Following your apprenticeship, many apprentices continue working for their employer or even progress to higher education at college or university. The national and overseas opportunities available are both varied and exciting. With the new skills you have learnt, there is a world of opportunity in front of you!

The benefits of being an apprentice are:

Apprentices ‘earn whilst they learn’ with approx. 80 % of their time being spent at your place of work and 20% ‘off-the-job’ at a college or training provider.

  • Gaining a nationally recognised apprenticeship
  • Learning through working alongside experienced staff
  • Learning the skills specific to your job role
  • Learning transferable skills that will aid career development
  • Starting your training at any point in the year
  • Unlike further and higher education students, apprentices enjoy paid holidays
  • Developing a career without incurring student loan debt
  • An apprenticeship is a career foundation which is recognised and valued for life

There are two apprenticeship standards (routes) available for those wishing to undertake a career in technical customer support. These apprenticeships offer the opportunity for candidates to choose an apprenticeship which delivers the knowledge, skills and behaviours appropriate to their career aspirations.

Learn about the Land-based apprenticeship standards content

Discover Colleges who offer Land-based Engineering Apprenticeships

Want to find out more about Colleges who offer land-based Engineering apprenticeships? Visit any of the websites below to find out more.

The apprenticeship standards explain the job role and knowledge, skills and behaviours the apprentice will acquire during their apprenticeship period.

The apprenticeships are entitled:

  • Land-based Service Engineer. Level 2 ST0242
  • Land-based Service Engineering Technician. Level 3 ST0243

These can be viewed on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website at

Land-based Service Engineer
Land-based Service Engineering Technician

Apprenticeships in Land-based Engineering have a duration of between 24 to 48 months depending upon which apprenticeship route is undertaken

Where to start if you want to become a Land-based Engineering apprentice

To become an apprentice you will need to find an employer who is looking to invest in the development of an apprentice as a valued member of their company staff.

  • Speak to Land-based Engineering colleges or training providers who offer apprenticeship training. The colleges and training providers work with local employers and may be able to refer you to employers with vacancies
  • Check the websites of Land-based Engineering machinery manufacturers, many run apprenticeship schemes on behalf of their dealer network.
  • Type the make of a Land-based Engineering machine followed by ‘dealerships’ into your search engine to find Land-based Engineering employers and their contact details both nationally and in your area
  • Approach local Land-based Engineering employers to enquire if they have a vacancy for an apprentice.

Work Experience

Another great route into Land-based Engineering is through work experience. Paid or unpaid work experience gained by teenagers prior to leaving school can really help when making an application for a job, irrespective of whether it is an apprenticeship. Work experience demonstrates employability skills and offer proof of commitment.

Manufacturer Apprenticeship Programmes

Choosing a role to suit

  • Land-based engineering covers a wide range of sectors, so it’s important that you look at the different sectors available within Land-based Engineering to establish which sector may be of interest.
  • Look for the working environment that suits your interests e.g. working inside or outside visiting customers operations. Each sector focuses on different environments, farms, forests, sports and amenities facilities etc.
  • Look at the type of machinery and technology that you may be working with. There is a whole spectrum of mechanical and cutting-edge technology to choose from.
  • Look at the career progression routes and LTA technician accreditation scheme.