Apprenticeship scheme approval

Employers - Find out about the benefits of running an IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme.

Why should my business run an IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme?

Delivering an IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme will help you to recruit fresh talent and raise the profile of your business.

Approval is only awarded to high quality apprenticeship schemes that demonstrate they deliver the underpinning knowledge and understanding and the real work based experiences leading to the competences required for professional recognition.

Take a look at a list of currently approved apprenticeship scheme providers (PDF)


What does the process involve?

The approval process is straightforward - a member of the IET approvals team will visit your workplace, look at the design, coverage and assessment strategy of your apprenticeship and make sure that there are satisfactory quality assurance arrangements. They will also look at the level of support offered to the apprentice during their time on the scheme and also when they graduate into the main workforce. If we notice any gaps we can help your business identify and address these.

As part of the approvals process you are expected to pay for membership for all apprentices on your approved schemes. This is available at £20 per person per year or a reduced rate of £30 per person for the duration of the apprenticeship.


Why will IET approval benefit my apprentices?

There are a number of unique benefits for apprentices on approved schemes:

  • The apprenticeship provides your apprentices with professional engineering competencies, which means that they should be able to apply for Professional Registration, usually at Technician level, with the Engineering Council. (Four registrations are available; EngTech, ICTTech, IEng 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.
  • Apprentices in (at least) their second year of an IET approved scheme and are making a substantial contribution towards their operational area can be nominated for the IET Apprentice of the Year. The award is presented at our annual Achievement Awards ceremony held in London.
  • 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.

IET Membership includes:

Find out more about the benefits of IET membership.


How can my business apply?

For further information please contact:
Tel: +44 (0) 1438 767 679
Email: apprenticeshipsapproval@theiet.org

If you're an apprentice looking for more information on  IET Approved Apprenticeship schemes, please visit our IET Approved Apprenticeship page


Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)



How much does it cost to approve my apprenticeship scheme


There is no charge for the Approval process but we do ask that the apprentices are made Apprentice Members of the IET:

  • £20 per year or £50 for the duration of the course if an individual is paying;


  • £30 for the duration of the course if the organisation or Learning Provider pays for their apprentices by purchase order or company credit card.



How will the apprentices on my scheme benefit from IET scheme approval when applying for EngTech or ICTTech Registration?

A Registration applications received from an IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme follow a simplified assessment route and do not require a supporter reference to be filled out for each applicant.



Can I include additional apprenticeship schemes or locations into my existing IET scheme approval?

A You can include the scheme if it is run in the same way ie it is administered and controlled by the same Scheme Coordinator or Learning Provider or Training Department. Aso, the apprentices would need to be supported and rotated through all roles and the same appraisal system used for both schemes or locations. Finally, the new apprenticeship standard (NAS) for both schemes should have been developed under the same steering group.

Engineering Work Experience for All

The IET has launched a campaign to highlight the importance of more employers offering quality work experience, including work placements and internships.

End Point Assessment

Employers and Learning Providers - Find out about the IET and End Point Assessments of the new Apprenticeship Standards.


Press Releases

Article by Magdalena Dyga, 2017 IET Apprentice of the Year Award winner "Solving the skills crisis one apprenticeship at a time" (Source: Personnel Today)

Blog by David Lakin, IET Head of Education 5 to 19 " Why are apprenticeships still not the obvious route?" (Source: The Manufacturer)

Article by John Beattie, IET Technician Training Advisor "How flawed is the three million apprenticeship target" (Source: The Manufacturer)

Article by David Lakin, IET Head of Education 5 to 19 "Making the apprenticeship levy work harder for everyone" (Source: FE News)

Eureka! speaks to Mike Westland, who has been appointed to lead the ‘T-Levels’ Engineering and Manufacturing Panel, following the Sainsbury Review on technical education in the UK, about the quest to fill the ‘skills gap’ (Source: Eureka!)


Recently Approved Schemes

BAE Systems - Naval Ships (Combat Systems)
Celsa Manufacturing UK Ltd
Comau (UK) Ltd
Nuvia Ltd
Trinity Fire and Security Systems Ltd

Case Studies on Approved Schemes

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