IET Approved Apprenticeships

Apprentices - Find out about how you'll benefit from completing an IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme.

Completing an IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme allows you to gain international recognition as a competent professional Engineering or Information and Communications Technology Technician or, if at a higher level, will prepare you to work towards Incorporated or Chartered Engineer. It identifies the apprenticeship as outstanding and is a route to professional recognition. IET approval is only awarded to high quality apprenticeship schemes.

How will I benefit by being on an IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme?

  • The apprenticeship provides you with professional engineering competencies, which means that you should be able to apply for Professional Registration, usually at Technician level, with the Engineering Council. (Four registrations are available: EngTech, ICTTechIEng and CEng. Registration is a standard of excellence which is recognised internationally and is a clear demonstration of your skills as well as being an independent assessment of your engineering competence.
  • If an individual is in (at least) their second year of an approved scheme and they are making a substantial contribution towards their operational area, they can be nominated for the IET Apprentice of the Year Award. Winning this award will look fantastic on their Curriculum Vitae (CV). It also comes with a trophy, £1,000 prize and two years free IET membership.
  • UK apprentices, who have overcome obstacles or personnel challenges, and need financial assistance and are currently undertaking an approved scheme, can apply for our IET Engineering Horizons Bursary.

You can find out if your apprenticeship scheme is approved by review our scheme providers list.

Why should I become a member of the IET?

As part of your membership you will receive:

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I've completed my apprenticeship. What next?

Is your IET Approved Apprenticeship aligned to IEng or CEng?

Contact apprenticeshipsapproval@theiet.org to talk about the next stages of your professional development.

Is your IET Approved Apprenticeship aligned to EngTech or ICTTech?

Through us, you can apply for EngTech or ICTTech with the Engineering Council.

You must be a Technician Member (TMIET) before you can apply to become a registered Technician. If you joined the IET during your apprenticeship you can easily transfer your membership online. It's a free service and, if you have completed an IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme, you won't need to provide a supporter for your application.

If you're not currently a member you can join online.

You can apply to become a registered Technician in one of two ways:

If you're an employer looking for more information about becoming an approved apprenticeship provider, please visit our Apprenticeship Scheme Approvals page.


Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)



Where can I find out more about apprenticeships?

A Under 'See also' we have included links to organisations who provide information on what an apprenticeship is and how to find a suitable apprenticeship. As well as a PDF document which provides interested parties with an overview of apprenticeships and includes links to the relevant organisations. 

Engineering Work Experience for All

This IET website provides information on the benefits of work experience, which includes giving you skills and experiences that will allow you to stand out to potential employers as well as helping you choose the right sector to work in.


2017 IET Apprentice of the Year Award winner and finalists

Magdalena Dyga (winner) - Rolls-Royce Plc
Andrew Heaton EngTech TMIET - Sellafield Ltd
Wesley Washington - Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd


Case studies of apprentices currently on or who have completed an IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme

Automated Technology Group (ATG) - Bradley Crisp

BT - Alex Hopkins ICTTech

Cisco Systems - Gemma Dalziel

MBDA - Jade Aspinall EngTech TMIET

MBDA - Jamie D'Ath

Royal Mail - Connor McSkimmings EngTech TMIET

Rolls-Royce Plc - Sara Underwood

Siemens Industries - Leah Barlow EngTech TMIET

Siemens Industries - Vince Goodall

UKAEA - Lydia Feasey EngTech TMIET

UKAEA - David Godden

UKAEA - Emily Swatton


Case Studies on Approved Schemes

Gatwick Airport
National Grid
Network Rail
Siemens Industries
Spirax Sarco Ltd UK
Wessex Water