The success story continues…

We launched our apprenticeship scheme 10 years ago, in a bid to help more young people get into the engineering industry.

Since then over 90% of trainees have graduated from the scheme and most continue to work at TBS today; all now have valuable qualifications and promising careers ahead of them.

We see them as the future of our company.

We think it’s really important to show the next generation that manufacturing and engineering are growing, innovative industries they can be a part of and prosper in. We are incredibly proud of our Apprenticeship program and our young team of talented individuals that it’s produced.

Our industry is thriving, and it’s full of opportunities for both problem solvers and hands-on team players.

Take a look below at what our Apprentices have to say about our program and their TBS experiences…

Get technical qualifications and earn while you learn in a professional, hands-on role

Our apprenticeship offers on-the-job training for both technical and commercial roles, as an alternative to studying at university.

How Our Program Works

Our four-year engineering and manufacturing apprenticeship scheme, based in Gloucester begins with an initial year full time at Gloucestershire Engineering Training (GET), a specialist training facility for the Engineering sector.

In year 2 you spend four days a week gaining work experience in all areas of our business and one day a week completing your Technical Certificate.

In the final two years of your apprenticeship you will complete your NVQ Level 3 and begin studying for an HNC.

Your time at TBS in years 2 and 3 are structured for you to experience different areas of the business to learn different skills and to identify where you want to focus in the future. In your fourth year with the company whilst transitioning in to your permanent role, we will continue to provide day release for you to complete your HNC.

Your technical apprenticeship is designed to prepare you for a successful engineering career at TBS. By the end of your third year, you should have all the experience you need to start a permanent role in the Company, and a good idea of where your skills fit best. TBS is committed to championing each and every apprentice on their own individual journey – we’ll continue to support your career development as you settle into permanent employment and for years to come.

The Opportunities we offer

We offer the following Program options to help match your desired career path:

  • Technical Apprenticeships
  • Dual skilled mechanical and electrical apprenticeship
  • Design Apprenticeships
  • Machining Apprenticeships
  • Engineering apprenticeship with a CAD and design focus
  • Commercial Apprenticeships
  • Engineering apprenticeship followed by Business Studies HNC

We know you may have questions about what is involved with an apprenticeship at TBS.  We hope we can answer them here, but if you have any additional questions please do get in contact and we will be happy to answer them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I be working?

You will spend your first year (September to July) in full time training with Gloucestershire Engineering Training (GET) at their dedicated facility based on Corinium Avenue in Gloucester.  You will then be based on our site at TBS, 10 minutes away on the Gloucester Business Park in Brockworth, with a day release back at GET.

How long does it take to complete the apprenticeship?

It will take 4 years to complete your full apprenticeship.

What happens at the end of my apprenticeship?

After you have successfully completed your apprenticeship, you will have a nationally held qualification for your profession. Subject to the requirements of the business you will be able to apply for suitable vacancies within TBS.

Can I progress onto further qualifications at the end of my apprenticeship?

If you are successful if being offered a permanent role with TBS at the end of the apprenticeship you may be given the opportunity for further development and qualifications, depending on the business need and your capabilities/interests.

What skills/qualifications do I need to apply?

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSE’s or equivalent, including maths, English and a science, preferably physics, at a level 4 (Grade C) or above or be predicted to achieve this.

As well as technical skills, we look for ….

  • Enthusiasm, drive and commitment to complete your apprenticeship.
  • An interest in engineering as a subject and, ideally, evidence of related activities through hobbies, voluntary work, work experience or school studies.
  • A hands on, problem solving approach to tasks.
  • Good IT skills
  • Ability to communicate and work well with others.

What are the working hours?

In your first year at GET you will work 37 hours, 7.45am – 4pm with an early finish on a Friday (1.45pm)

Once you transfer to TBS you will work 7.45am – 4.30pm (4.15pm if under 18), with an early finish on a Friday (1.45pm) totalling 39 hours per week (38 if under 18).

There is no weekend working except where overtime is offered.

We do not run a night shift at TBS

What is the salary?

We start our apprentices on a salary range between £15,000 and £18,000 dependant on age.  We regularly review progress and have in place a structured salary progression linked to performance, completion of coursework and achievement of qualifications.

When do I apply to be a TBS apprentice?

We start our recruitment early each year, for the September intake.  Our 2023 recruitment has now completed.