Apprenticeships are a crucial tool in developing the next generation of industry experts, they are integral in upskilling current employees to higher levels of knowledge and skills within the industry. Apprenticeships have changed in recent years making them an exciting option for both apprentices and employers. Apprentices can be anything from school leavers looking to enter the industry, to employees who wish to develop, further or change direction within their career. Apprentices can be taken on from the age of 16 with no age limit applied.

Benefits to your organisation:

  • Boost employee productivity against both short and long term objectives
  • Can support and improve employee retention
  • Develop and harness your own talent
  • Strengthen your employer brand
  • Cost effective form of training

Here we will identify providers who offer quality apprenticeships within the Metal Casting, Foundry and Patternmaking industry.

Foundry Training Services

FTS work out of a state of the art National Foundry Training Centre to simulate a real life working environment. Based in the West Midlands but delivering Apprenticeships on a national level, supported by technical experts from the industry. FTS work in partnership with Dudley College and University of Wolverhampton to deliver apprenticeships. The current standard they are delivering is;

  • Level 3 Metal Casting, Foundry and Patternmaking Technician

For a short overview of what FTS offer view their training video here.

For additional information regarding the apprenticeships FTS offer please contact Michala French on Tel: 0121 752 1810 or email; 


Cranfield University

A new apprenticeship standard for engineers employed within the surface coatings and surface engineering disciplines is now available from Cranfield University. This new standard is at Master Degree level 7, and post graduate engineers will learn specialised skills particular to Surface Engineering and Coatings, Heat Treatments, and Surface Treatments with a specific emphasis on helping your business.

The introduction of this valuable new apprenticeship standard is fully supported by the Cast Metals Federation along with many other key technology Institutes and Associations and will be followed by others at levels 2. 3, 6 and 7. Led by the members of the Surface Engineering Leadership Forum, the development team have been involved in several trailblazer groups to help put together standards at various levels of proficiency over the past 2 to 3 years.

The first course forming part of the level 7 standard is planned to commence in January 2021 and will be offered by Cranfield University. The delivery will consist of taught modules, group and individual project, case studies, to be followed by an end point assessment. The programme duration will be 30 months, on a part time basis, so is intended to be undertaken by those in employment so that the applied learning can be tailored to the needs of the business.

The outcome of the apprenticeship will be a qualified engineer ready to help lead your company forward through digital manufacturing to become World Class.

The current standard Cranfield University are delivering;

  • Level 7 Materials Process Engineer Masters Degree Apprenticeship

For additional information regarding this apprenticeship standard visit the website here

Alternatively contact Cranfield University Jeff Rao: or call 01234 754185.