What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns whilst they earn. During an apprenticeship, employees will spend at least 20% of their working hours completing classroom-based learning with a college, university or external training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

An apprentice has 20% of their paid time to complete ‘off-the-job’ activities which includes:

  • Teaching theory (e.g. classroom lessons, lectures and online learning)
  • Practical training (e.g. shadowing, mentoring)
  • Learning support and time to write assignments (including study time)

What programme we offer

Here at Heathcoat Fabrics Ltd, we offer an Apprenticeship scheme that can range from 18 months to 4 years. During this period, the following activities will be expected to take place:

  • Full Company induction
  • On-the job and off-the-job training
  • College study
  • Shadowing employees
  • Completing projects
  • Working within different environments with a range of experienced employees

Application process

  1. Send us your CV and covering letter confirming your aspirations
  2. Fill in the application form
  3. Informal interview to understand your future career pathway
  4. Face to face formal interview within the specific sector (e.g., engineering)

Unsure what to include in your CV or application?

Check out our tips for applying video below.

Benefits of being an Apprentice

Generous Holiday entitlement

We offer 34 days of holiday per year with a mix of flexible and fixed entitlement

Environmentally conscious company

At HFL we have a vision of creating an environmentally conscious environment whether it be through personnel or processes

Personal learning and development

Whether it's through training, attending events or shadowing employees, we strive to aid your development on a day-to-day basis

Tech and cycle schemes

We offer a cycle to work scheme with designated on-site covered cycle storage

Competitive salary

We offer a competitive salary with an annual cost of living review and a company profit share scheme for all employees

Access to a mentor

You will be assigned a mentor throughout your programme who will meet with you regularly to assist any raised concerns you may have

Staff discounts and benefits

A wide range of discounts are available with local businesses, including garages, gyms, and hairdressers, whilst also having access to benefits such as dental plans

On-the-job training

We like our apprentices to apply what they are learning straight away, with on-the-job training where appropriate

On-site canteen

A subsidised on-site canteen offers hot or cold meals and snacks

Extra guidance and support for studies

We provide extra assistance to help you achieve your best

What are the requirements?

There are a few qualifications we suggest for the apprenticeships, these include:

  • 5 or more GCSEs graded at 4 and above (Including English, Maths and Science)

In addition, there are also required behaviours and skills. These include:

  • Communication and listening skills
  • Eagerness to learn
  • The willingness to work as part of a team
  • The ability to adopt a flexible approach to working
  • The desire to suggest change
  • Good attendance and punctuality

Meet our apprentices

Filling the skills gap with apprenticeship opporunities

Rhys - Engineering Apprentice

“Since joining Heathcoat Fabrics I have been surprised at the amount of different jobs that I have been able to get involved in mechanically and electronically.

The course that I have been doing at college has really been benefited by the apprenticeship as I have learnt a lot at Heathcoat’s while being here”

What our employees think?

Simon - Engineering Manager

“2023 was the year for Heathcoat Fabrics to re-introduce Apprentices to our business.
With an ongoing skills gap and experience in the marketplace for quality multi-skilled engineers, the obvious choice was to invest in Apprenticeships specifically within the Engineering Department.

As a business, we are in the fortunate position of employing a variety of long served skilled engineers who are keen to pass on their valuable knowledge and experience in mechanical and electrical engineering, including welding and fabrication”

Jayne - HR Manager

‘By bringing in new talent to our organisation or developing our current employees to bridge their skills gaps, Apprenticeships create passion and willingness for employees to learn new skills for their success.

Apprenticeships allow our employees to dedicate their time at work to focus on transformational projects and industry related opportunities to support their own commitment to learning. It is important for us to build our talent for the future by providing the relevant training and development at all levels’


If you are interested in developing your workplace skills whilst learning and gaining certificates and degrees, or you simply have further questions, then feel free to contact the apprenticeship team using the email below.


If you wish to fill out an apprenticeship scheme application, simply use the button below.