Welcome to the Future with
Harland & Wolff Apprenticeships!

Our 2024 apprenticeship applications are now open.

Our apprenticeship programme is now in its fourth successful year, and we are looking forward to welcoming our next intake to the Harland & Wolff family.

The apprenticeship journey starts with a Level 2 in Engineering Operations. This is a general engineering apprenticeship covering Electrical, Technical Design, Fabrication, Welding, Mechanical Engineering. On average this takes 18 months- 2 years to complete. If you have already completed a Level 2 in Engineering Operations or equivalent, you will not have to repeat this.

Once you have completed the Level 2 in Engineering Operations, you can proceed with a Level 3 in your specific trade area. The length of each apprenticeship depends on your ability, the type of apprenticeship and the location you complete it in. Level 3 Trade specific apprenticeship on average takes 2 – 2.5 years.

Your time will be split between study with your training provider and time putting your skills into practice in the yard. We have dedicated college partners at each yard where you can develop your skills and to provide you with support throughout your apprenticeship. Start dates will be around August/September 2024.

Harland & Wolff has five sites that require apprentices in the roles listed below.

Current Vacancies

Arnish

  • Welder
  • Fabricator

Belfast

  • Mechanical engineer (Pipe Fitter)
  • Welder
  • Fabricator

Appledore

  • Welder
  • Fabricator

Methil

  • Welder
  • Fabricator

On applying, you will receive a phone call from one of our friendly team to greet you, tell you a little more about the apprenticeship and answer any initial questions you may have. Successful applicants will then be invited to a face to face interview followed by a practical assessment.

APPRENTICESHIPS ACROSS ALL FOUR HARLAND & WOLFF SITES

trades

Trades

Gain hands-on experience through a safe workplace placement, providing vocational training and education. Trades include: fabrication and welding, mechanical manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering, pipe fabrication and marine engineering.

technical

Technical

Experience the fabrication and ship repair environment, develop design and engineering skills and understand fundamental shipbuilding practices. From digital engineering systems and techniques, to manufacturing design and life support, learn the art of additive manufacturing and laser welding.

business support

Business Support

Whether it’s IT services, sales and marketing or business administration, the breadth of skills developed across our business support apprenticeships provides the foundations needed for you to hit the ground running.

“This scheme uniquely offers apprenticeships across all four Harland & Wolff sites and the opportunity to build a career in a number of industry areas. Our apprentices will work alongside our highly experienced workforce, transferring valuable skills to the next generation.”

Andrew Jackson, Group Director of Human Resources

Our unique training programmes offer:

safety

Practical on the job training

one to one

One-to-one dedicated mentoring

shipyard

Shipyard training facilities

earn

Opportunity to earn while you learn

GAIN EXPERIENCE ACROSS A RANGE OF MARKETS:

ENERGY

DEFENCE

CRUISE & FERRY

COMMERCIAL

RENEWABLES