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What is Multiskilled Engineering?

As some businesses don’t carry separate teams of Engineers for either type of work they expect their people to be able to turn their hand to any job that comes up. These Engineers are known as Multi-Skilled. The job role can be challenging as these people are expected to know the length and breadth of knowledge of two trades, however the rewards are good as a Multi Skilled Engineer has potentially twice the job market when it comes to long term and future employment.

In all companies that manufacture, whether they make an engineering product or produce food, chemicals, paper, clothes or provide a service for the Docks, Water Boards or Hospitals, they use machinery and equipment which is powered by electricity. Machinery and equipment develop electrical faults, so electrical maintenance is an essential part of the operation.


According to the National Career Service, a qualified multiskilled engineer's salary can start from £18,000 and increase to £40,000 once experienced.

As an apprentice, you will be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage by your employer during your studies.

Course Overview

Available in Hull, Grimsby, and Scunthorpe.

Machinery and equipment develop electrical faults, so electrical and mechanical maintenance is an essential part of the operation.

Maintenance is an action required to keep machinery and equipment running in proper working order and, with all the very sophisticated equipment around today, it’s a tall order. So because of the masses of important machines throughout the country which have to be maintained in top working order, a top-class electrical workforce is required and this is where the electrical maintenance engineer comes in.

A breakdown can cost thousands of pounds an hour in lost production, and maintenance staff has to find out quickly what has gone wrong and put it right. This can involve stripping things right down, repairing and rectifying the fault. Maintenance staff are certainly a bit special, they are expert problem solvers. They often work in teams, totally relying on each other’s efforts to get production back to normal as quickly as possible.

This kind of job demands the ability to think logically and develop the mental process of fault-finding. Some theoretical aspects are also involved in the work and entrants should have acquired a good mathematical and science background at school or college in order to study for Level 3/4/5 technical qualifications.

How does the programme work?

During the first year of a HETA apprenticeship, learners will be based at the HETA training centre. Learners will undertake a multi-skilled engineering programme including Mechanical and Electrical engineering.

  • 4 days a week in a practical workshop
  • 1 day a week in a classroom-based environment underpinning knowledge to complete a Level 3 qualification.

In years 2 and 3, apprentices will spend the remainder of their time of the HETA programme at their sponsored company. During this time, apprentices will be assessed via:

  • Portfolio work-based assessments
  • Engineering Assessor to review apprentices progression in the sponsored company (help with support and mentoring)
  • End Point Assessments (final assessment to ensure apprentices can do the job they have been training for - Skills, Knowledge and Behaviour)

Marine Engineering

Available in Hull, Grimsby and Scunthorpe

Marine engineers maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment in the marine industry that are part of, or have activities that are part of the broader engineering sector.

A career in marine engineering can provide you with opportunities available both on shore and off shore.

Work at sea aboard state-of-the-art fishing vessels maintaining a range of machinery, engines, and various other equipment. Those working onshore will support the service maintenance and ports industry.

How does the Marine programme work?

Learners will follow our Multiskilled programme during their first year of training.

During your first year of training, you will complete:

  • Personal safety and responsibility
  • A medical at sea
  • Safety tickets
  • Fire fighting
  • Personal survival

Upskill training will also be provided including:

  • IOSH Working Safely
  • PLC Training
  • Introduction to Instrumentation
  • AC1 Engine Course
  • Introduction to High Voltage
  • Introduction to Fabrication & Welding

Higher education opportunities may also be available with Fleetwood Nautical Campus.

Progression Opportunities

As well as Level 3 qualifications, HETA also offers a two-year Higher National Certificate (Level 4) and a one-year Higher National Diploma (Level 5). Learners may have the opportunity to enroll on the following programme within the second year of their apprenticeship programme. HNC’s and HND’s are a great route to moving on to higher-level qualifications; you can do extra studies working with our university partners to top up the HND into a full degree.

Completing Higher level qualifications like HNC’s and HND’s gives you great opportunities in your career. Not only are you more competent but also gives you a stepping stone into senior and management roles.

Our applications are now open for our electrical apprenticeship programme for September 2022. Find out how you can apply here.

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