The Caunton Academy


Apprentice Training

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About us

Caunton Engineering are passionate about recruiting apprentices and graduates, offering young people an opportunity to take the first step towards a career in the Engineering and Construction industries.

The Caunton Academy was established in 2004, with an aim to address the industry’s skills shortage in fabrication and welding.

From inception, the Caunton Academy proved to be highly successful in the delivery of apprenticeships in fabrication and welding, which led to its recognition, in August 2008, as an accredited EAL Training Centre. Continued investment in the development and training of the Caunton Academy teaching team, led to the Caunton Academy gaining Employer Provider Status in May 2017.

Our facility provides a model production line aimed to simulate and map the processes of an actual working production line and industrial environment, together with a classroom where the Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering is delivered. Within this environment, our Apprentices work towards achieving the Metal Fabricator Standard, which is delivered by our in-house, qualified teaching team, over a period of 42 months.

Entry requirements

In order to optimise success, applicants will typically have 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science.

Apprentice destinations

The company currently employs seventeen apprentices across four academic years in the Caunton Academy and five Degree apprentices in multi disciplines across the business. Annually we aim to recruit five/six apprentices to our business. Successful apprentices then have the opportunity, by means of an individual development plan, to spend time in various departments across the business giving them an opportunity to gain a broader knowledge of the business prior to joining a full fabrication team, or moving to developing more desk-based skills, such as with our technical, estimating or commercial teams.

Professional recognition

The Metal Fabricator Standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • IMechE for Eng Tech
  • IET for Eng Tech

For further information on academy opportunities please contact our Human Resources Department.

Degree Apprenticeships

Working in conjunction with Universities, we offer degree apprenticeships.

Who is this route suitable for?

  • School leavers looking to do an apprenticeship instead of the traditional study route.
  • Existing employees who do not have a degree but want to develop.

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

  • We will be responsible for apprenticeship course fees, meaning that you will not pay University tuition fees.
  • A Degree Apprenticeship is a three-way agreement by the University, Caunton Engineering and you. As well as gaining a degree, you'll also benefit from on-the-job training, opening up opportunities for career development and progression.
  • You'll have the added advantage of years of relevant work experience, while making industry connections along the way. This could enhance your future employability and boost your career progression.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the NTU Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship course must meet the published entry requirements below:

  • A-levels – BBB, including Maths and excluding General Studies (A-level Maths grade C will be accepted providing the overall Tariff points are met); or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in Maths and excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC National Diploma (18 Units) in an Engineering subject - Grade DMM. Applicants must gain Merit grades in both the Mathematics for Technicians AND Further Mathematics for Technicians units if they do not have grade C in A-level Mathematics.
  • A successfully completed Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Civil Engineering Technician.


  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Applicants applying without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility.

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