Apprenticeships with JCB
In August 2017, JCB announced the recruitment of 117 apprentices as the company steps up investment in its JCB Apprenticeship programme. The Staffordshire-based company is ploughing £7.5 million into its Young Talent programme. This is triple the amount invested in the scheme when it started in 2013. The company is recruiting young people into the business through the JCB Apprenticeship programme because it is anticipating the needs of future growth.
The 117 apprentices joining the scheme are on a range of different programmes from Level 2 upwards. In addition, the latest recruitment drive has seen a significant increase in the opportunities to develop welding and assembly skills which are essential to the UK manufacturing business.
The number of opportunities to join the JCB Apprenticeship programme at the Higher Level has also been doubled. This means an additional 20 places for those who have attained either A-levels or a Level 3 Apprenticeship to study up to degree level. The JCB Apprenticeship programme has also been specially adapted to meet the technology needs of the business and supports careers in Mechanical, Manufacturing and Electrical Engineering.
In every corner of the world you’ll find a JCB machine. JCB is one of the world’s top three manufacturers of construction equipment. Furthermore, JCB employs around 12,000 people on four continents and sells a diverse range of products in 150 countries through 2,000 dealer locations.
Throughout its history, the company has always invested heavily in research and development to ensure JCB remains at the cutting edge of innovation. In addition, JCB has some of the finest engineering facilities across the globe, produces a range of over 300 machines and maintains a reputation for unrivalled customer service.
JCB designs, engineers and manufactures a wide range of off-highway and construction vehicles for a number of different construction applications, including:
- Access Platforms
- Backhoe Loaders
- Compact Track Loaders
- Compaction Equipment
- Industrial Forklifts
- Lighting Towers
- Mini Excavators
- OEM Engines
- Rough Terrain Forklifts
- Site Dumpers
- Skid Steer Loaders
- Telescopic Handlers
- Tracked Excavators
- Wheel Loaders
- Wheeled Excavators
The company also manufacturers a range of different vehicles for Agricultural applications, Defence, Power Generation, and Waste and Recycling. JCB also designs and manufactures a range of engines for OEM applications with other brands.
In addition to the JCB Apprenticeship roles summarised below, JCB also offers an extensive range of Graduate Jobs in many different business functions across its several UK sites:
Roles Available with JCB
There are a wide range of JCB Apprenticeship roles available at many of its UK locations. These include the following:
- Higher Engineering (3 years): Product Design, Manufacturing, Quality, Product Technical Service.
- Advanced Engineering Support (2.5-3.0 years): Purchasing, Manufacturing scheduling and planning, Logistics, Dealer and customer information support, Technical Customer Service, Product Quality.
- Advanced Engineering (3.0-3.5 years): Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering, Experimental Product Engineering, Structural Engineering, Maintenance, Tool Making.
- Intermediate Weld & Fabrication (2.0-2.5 years): Developing the practical knowledge and hands on experience to become a skilled JCB Welder and Fabricator, skills which are always in high demand across the JCB Group.
- Intermediate Product Engineering & Assembly (2.0-2.5 years): Assembly, Rectification, Quality Inspection, Technical Service.
Education Requirements for JCB
Candidates interested in applying for a JCB Apprenticeship will need to demonstrate having achieved the following qualifications:
- Higher Engineering:
- 4 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above in Maths, English and a relevant Science or Technical subject, in addition to:
- 3 A levels at grade C and above, including Maths and a relevant Scientific/Technical subject.
- Advance VCE award in an appropriate engineering/manufacturing topic.
- EdExcel/BTEC/National Extended Diploma Level 3, (including Further Maths modules).
- Advanced Diploma (level 3 qualifications) in engineering / science or technology.
- A qualification equivalent to any of the above or a combination.
- Advanced Engineering Support and Advanced Engineering:
- 4 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above in Maths, English as well as a relevant Science or Technical subject.
- Intermediate Weld & Fabrication and Intermediate Product Engineering & Assembly:
- 3 GCSEs in English, Maths and a Science or Technical subject, at least Grade 3 or above.
When can I apply for an apprenticeship at JCB?
Recruiting for the JCB Apprenticeship programme begins in October each year. However, candidates should also refer to the JCB Apprenticeship website for details of current vacancies with the company.