Apprenticeships

Are you looking to engineer the future?

Our engineering apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity to gain an academic qualification whilst doing a real job and getting paid.

As an apprentice, you will work in a thriving, fast paced environment on a huge variety of equipment. Peel Ports is at the forefront of our industry, an industry that is constantly evolving. When Liverpool2, our deep water container terminal we have one of the most technologically advanced ports in Europe - a semi-automated container terminal. This is just one of the game changing engineering projects we are delivering and you could be part of it.

Your apprenticeship journey

Each year of your engineering apprenticeship is structured around the technical skills and theoretical knowledge you need to ensure you have the right skills for your career. You will be working towards Higher Certificate qualifications and there will be a mix of academic work as well as hands-on practical experience.

As you progress through your apprenticeship you will work closely with existing engineering and planning teams, including other apprentices and carry out similar duties under supervision, so that we can ensure you are competent and confident in your role.

Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you may be given the opportunity to study for further qualifications such as HNC, Foundation Degree, BEng, MEng and CEng.

Becoming a Peel Ports apprentice

We want to know that you'll flourish during the apprenticeship and succeed in becoming a well rounded, qualified technician. That's why we set entry criteria, to ensure you can cope with the content of the course. For your application to be considered we ask that you have gained a minimum Level 4 Leaving Certificate, 5 A*-C GCSEs or equivalent qualifications including Maths and Science subjects.

Predicted grades will be accepted during the application process and we will confirm these with you once you have received your final grades in the summer. Offers will be subject to you receiving the required minimum Level 4 Leaving Certificate, 5 A*-C GCSEs or equivalent qualifications including Maths and Science.

"The size of the port is just breath-taking. It's not until you get on site and see the scale of activity that you realise just how much machinery is involved in the day-to-day operation of the port. It's a very exciting prospect for a trainee engineer." - Megan Pickering, 3rd Year Apprentice

The application process

Please note that applications for our apprenticeship scheme are currently closed.

Stage 1:
Once you've decided that an apprenticeship is for you, you'll need to apply via the Careers site. You will receive an email to acknowledge that we have received your application.

Stage 2:
If your application is shortlisted, you'll be contacted by the Talent Team to have an initial discussion. This will allow us to clarify some basic information and if everything is ok, to invite you to attend one of our assessment centres.

Stage 3:
As part of the overall assessment you will be asked to complete an online psychometric test and a link will be sent to you on email prior to the assessment centre. You will need to complete the tests for your application to be considered.

Stage 4:
Full details will be sent to you confirming the full details of when and where the assessment centre will take place. The half-day session will consist of interviews, a practical test and a group exercise. Several members of the Peel Ports Engineering and HR teams will be involved in the sessions and there will be the opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the apprenticeships or about working for Peel Ports in general.

Stage 5:
Following the assessment centre you will be contacted within one week with feedback. If you're successful, you will be offered one of our apprenticeships and become part of the Peel Ports team.

What you will receive

An advanced apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to continue to learn and get paid. Your salary in the first year is €12,700 or £9,000. This rises each year, to around €27,500 or £19,500 as a fourth year apprentice.

You will also receive benefits which include:

  • 25 days holiday
  • Award Winning Pension - Contributions matched up to 10%
  • Life Assurance - 4x annual salary if in the pension scheme (2x if not)
  • Critical illness
  • Funded healthcare cash plan
  • Flexible Benefits including Travel insurance, Cycle2Work scheme, Discounted retail vouchers, Gym membership, iPad purchase scheme

Current vacancies

Our dedicated careers portal allows us to manage and develop talent. See what opportunities are currently available.

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