Land-based Engineering

Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship helps employees with little or no experience in the land-based engineering sector, as well as for upskilling existing teams.

It can lead to roles including service technician, ground care technician, land-based engineer, field service engineer, product support provider and after-sales contact. It’s also suitable for staff whose responsibilities involve supplying and maintaining equipment and machinery for the agriculture, horticulture, arboriculture, forestry or ground care industry.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 and 6.

Select each level to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

SCQF Level 5

There are no set entry requirements for this Modern Apprenticeship, but candidates should be committed to pursuing a career in the land-based engineering sector.

SCQF Level 6

Candidates should have completed the Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 5, or have equivalent qualifications or experience.

Progression and development

SCQF Level 5

After completing this Modern Apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills and experience they need to progress to the SCQF Level 6 Modern Apprenticeship or an engineering degree.

SCQF Level 6

After completing this Modern Apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills and experience needed for a qualified technician role – and could join the industry recognised Land-based Technician accreditation scheme.

Alternatively, they can progress to an engineering degree, or move into parts, sales or management fields.

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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