We operate a highly successful Apprenticeship Scheme through the Carr’s Engineering Skills Academy in association with Lakes College. Based at our second site on Kingstown Broadway Carlisle, we provide a range of exceptional training in the roles detailed below.

Our Apprentices are developed to the highest standards in Health, Safety and Environmental Practices and work in many demanding sectors including Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Defence and Renewable Industries. 

Applications for 2024 Intake are now closed. 

Metal fabrication is a process that involves shaping, cutting, and assembling metal materials to create a wide range of products and structures. This field encompasses various techniques and processes, often performed by skilled professionals known as metal fabricators or welders. The goal of metal fabrication is to produce structures or components with specific shapes, sizes, and properties to meet the requirements of a particular project.

Key aspects of metal fabrication include:

  1. Cutting: Metal is cut into specific shapes using various methods such as sawing, shearing, or CNC plasma cutting.
  2. Forming: Metal is shaped into the desired form through processes like bending, rolling, or stamping. This step helps achieve the required dimensions and contours.
  3. Welding: Pieces of metal are joined together using various welding techniques, such as arc welding, MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding, TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding, or spot welding.
  4. Assembly: Individual components are assembled to create the final product. This may involve welding, fastening, or other joining methods.

Metal fabrication is widely used in various industries. At Bendalls it is used to manufacture bespoke products for our clients within the Nuclear, Defence, Oil & Gas, and Renewable industries. The process requires a combination of technical skills, knowledge of materials, and the use of specialised tools and equipment.

Please follow the link for full detail on the Apprenticeship standard – Metal fabricator / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

CNC machining stands for Computer Numerical Control machining. It’s a manufacturing process that uses computerised controls and machine tools to remove material from a workpiece to create a finished product. Here’s a breakdown of the key elements:

  1. Computerised Control: CNC machining relies on computer programs and numerical code to control the movement of machine tools. These programs dictate the precise coordinates and movements that the cutting tools will follow.
  2. Machine Tools: Various machine tools, such as mills, lathes, routers, and grinders, are used in CNC machining. These tools are equipped with motors and actuators that precisely move and control the cutting tools.
  3. CAD/CAM Software: Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software play a crucial role. CAD is used to design the part, and CAM generates the CNC program that guides the machining process based on the design.
  4. Precision Cutting: CNC machining enables high precision and repeatability. The programmed instructions control the movement and speed of the cutting tools, allowing for intricate shapes and tight tolerances.

Overall, CNC machining is a powerful and versatile manufacturing method that combines computer control with traditional machining tools to produce accurate and complex components for various applications.

Please follow the link for full detail on the Apprenticeship standard – Machining technician / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

An engineering fitter is a skilled tradesperson who specialises in assembling, constructing, and maintaining machinery and mechanical components.

Key aspects of Fitting include:

  1. Assembly and Construction: Engineering fitters are responsible for assembling and constructing mechanical parts and systems according to engineering drawings and specifications. This may involve fitting, aligning, and securing components using various tools and techniques.
  2. Installation: Fitters install and commission machinery and equipment at industrial sites. This involves aligning and securing components, connecting systems, and ensuring that everything operates according to design.
  3. Maintenance and Repair: Fitters are involved in the maintenance and repair of machinery to ensure optimal performance. This includes identifying and fixing mechanical issues, replacing worn-out parts, and conducting routine inspections.
  4. Welding and Fabrication: Many fitters have expertise in welding and metal fabrication. They may be involved in joining metal parts using various welding techniques and shaping metal structures to meet specific requirements.
  5. Troubleshooting: Fitters diagnose and troubleshoot mechanical problems in machinery. They use their knowledge of mechanical systems to identify issues, propose solutions, and carry out necessary repairs.

In summary, an engineering fitter plays a crucial role in the manufacturing and maintenance of machinery, using a combination of technical skills, precision, and mechanical knowledge to contribute to the smooth operation of industrial processes.

Please follow the link for full detail on the Apprenticeship standard – Engineering fitter / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

An administrator is an individual responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of an organisation or a specific department. Administrators play a key role in ensuring the efficient functioning of an entity by handling various tasks and responsibilities. Here is a brief overview of the general responsibilities and skills associated with an administrator:

  1. Office Organisation: Oversee daily administrative tasks such as filing, record-keeping, and organising office operations.
  2. Communication: Facilitate communication within the organisation and often serve as a point of contact for internal and external stakeholders.
  3. Scheduling and Coordination: Manage calendars, schedule meetings, and coordinate events to ensure smooth operations.
  4. Document Management: Handle the creation, distribution, and maintenance of documents, reports, and correspondence.
  5. Record Keeping: Maintain accurate and up-to-date records, databases, and other information repositories.
  6. Resource Allocation: Assist in managing resources, including office supplies, equipment, and facilities.
  7. Technology Management: Oversee the use and maintenance of office technologies and software tools.
  8. Problem-Solving: Address day-to-day issues and challenges that may arise within the organisation.
  9. Compliance: Ensure adherence to organisational policies, procedures, and relevant regulations.

A Business Administrator’s work is crucial for maintaining the efficiency and effectiveness of day-to-day operations.

Please follow the link for full detail on the Apprenticeship standard – Business administrator / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

An assistant accountant is a finance professional who supports the accounting and financial management functions within an organisation. This role involves working closely with senior accountants, financial managers, or the finance department to ensure accurate and timely financial record-keeping. Here’s a brief overview of the key responsibilities and skills associated with an assistant accountant:

  1. Financial Record-Keeping: Assist in maintaining accurate and up-to-date financial records, including ledgers, journals, and accounts.
  2. Bookkeeping: Perform routine bookkeeping tasks, such as recording financial transactions and reconciling accounts.
  3. Accounts Payable and Receivable: Process invoices, track payments, and manage accounts payable and receivable.
  4. Financial Reporting: Assist in the preparation of financial statements, reports, and summaries for management or regulatory purposes.
  5. Budgeting Support: Contribute to the budgeting process by providing financial data and assisting in budget preparation.
  6. Expense Management: Monitor and control expenses, ensuring compliance with budgetary constraints.
  7. Bank Reconciliation: Reconcile bank statements and other financial documents to ensure accuracy and identify discrepancies.
  8. Assisting Audits: Support internal and external audits by providing necessary documentation and information.
  9. Financial Analysis: Analyse financial data and trends to provide insights for decision-making.
  10. Compliance: Ensure adherence to financial regulations, accounting principles, and company policies.

Assistant accountants typically play a crucial role in the day-to-day financial operations of an organisation, contributing to the overall financial health and compliance of the business. There is lots of room for progression though to Degree level – Levels 4, 5 & 6. 

Please follow the link for full detail on the Apprenticeship standard – Assistant accountant / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

A manufacturing and engineering technician is a professional who works in the field of manufacturing and engineering to support the design, development, testing, and production of products. This role involves a combination of technical and hands-on skills to ensure that manufacturing processes run smoothly and that products meet quality and safety standards. Here’s a brief overview of the key responsibilities and skills associated with a manufacturing and engineering technician:

  1. Production Support: Assist in the setup, operation, and maintenance of manufacturing equipment and machinery.
  2. Quality Control: Conduct quality checks and inspections to ensure products meet specifications and standards.
  3. Testing and Troubleshooting: Perform tests and troubleshoot issues related to manufacturing processes and equipment.
  4. Prototyping: Assist in the development and testing of prototypes for new products or improvements to existing ones.
  5. Data Analysis: Analyse data related to manufacturing processes to identify trends, inefficiencies, or areas for improvement.
  6. Documentation: Maintain accurate records of manufacturing processes, equipment maintenance, and quality control measures.
  7. Collaboration: Work closely with engineers, designers, and production teams to implement and improve manufacturing processes.
  8. Safety Compliance: Ensure adherence to safety protocols and regulations in the manufacturing environment.
  9. Equipment Calibration: Calibrate and maintain manufacturing equipment to ensure accuracy and reliability.
  10. Continuous Improvement: Identify opportunities for process optimisation and contribute to continuous improvement initiatives.

Please follow the link for full detail on the Apprenticeship standard – Engineering manufacturing technician / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

An Associate Project Manager is a professional who assists in the planning, execution, and monitoring of projects within an organization. This role involves working closely with senior project managers and project teams to ensure that projects are completed on time, within scope, and according to established quality standards. Here’s a brief overview of the key responsibilities and skills associated with an Associate Project Manager:

  1. Project Planning: Assist in the development of project plans, including defining project scope, objectives, timelines, and resource requirements.
  2. Coordination: Work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure effective collaboration and communication throughout the project lifecycle.
  3. Task Tracking: Monitor and track project tasks, timelines, and milestones to ensure adherence to the project plan.
  4. Documentation: Maintain accurate project documentation, including meeting minutes, progress reports, and project files.
  5. Risk Management: Identify and assess project risks, and assist in developing mitigation strategies.
  6. Stakeholder Communication: Communicate with internal and external stakeholders to provide updates on project progress and address concerns.
  7. Resource Allocation: Assist in allocating resources, including personnel and budget, to support project goals.
  8. Quality Assurance: Contribute to the implementation of quality control processes to ensure deliverables meet established standards.
  9. Issue Resolution: Help identify and address project issues in a timely and effective manner.
  10. Project Closure: Participate in the project closure process, including evaluating project outcomes, documenting lessons learned, and transitioning deliverables.

Associate Project Managers play a vital role in the successful delivery of projects by providing essential support to project teams and helping to ensure that project goals are achieved.

Please follow the link for full detail on the Apprenticeship standard – Associate project manager / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

A Quality Practitioner in engineering is a professional who focuses on ensuring that engineering processes, products, and services meet specified quality standards and requirements. This role is crucial in maintaining and improving the overall quality of engineering projects to meet customer expectations and industry regulations. Here’s a brief overview of the key responsibilities and skills associated with a Quality Practitioner in engineering:

  1. Quality Assurance: Develop and implement quality assurance processes and procedures to ensure that engineering projects meet established standards.
  2. Quality Control: Perform inspections and audits at various stages of the engineering process to verify compliance with quality requirements.
  3. Process Improvement: Identify areas for improvement in engineering processes and collaborate with teams to implement corrective and preventive actions.
  4. Documentation: Maintain accurate records of quality-related activities, including test results, inspection reports, and documentation of non-conformances.
  5. Standards Compliance: Ensure that engineering projects adhere to industry standards, regulations, and customer specifications.
  6. Root Cause Analysis: Investigate and analyse the root causes of quality issues and work towards implementing effective solutions.
  7. Supplier Quality Management: Collaborate with suppliers to ensure the quality of materials and components used in engineering projects.
  8. Training and Education: Provide training to engineering teams on quality standards, processes, and best practices.
  9. Continuous Monitoring: Establish metrics and key performance indicators to monitor and report on the effectiveness of quality initiatives.
  10. Customer Feedback: Gather and analyse customer feedback to identify areas for improvement and enhance customer satisfaction.

Quality Practitioners in engineering play a vital role in upholding and improving the quality of engineering projects, contributing to the success and reliability of products and services.

Please follow the link for full detail on the Apprenticeship standard – Quality practitioner / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

A Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer is a professional who combines mechanical engineering principles with design expertise to create and optimise products and components for efficient and cost-effective manufacturing processes. This role involves developing detailed designs, collaborating with cross-functional teams, and ensuring that products are not only functional but also manufacturable. Here’s a brief overview of the key responsibilities and skills associated with a Mechanical Manufacturing Design Engineer:

  1. Product Design: Create detailed designs for mechanical components and products, considering functionality, manufacturability, and cost-effectiveness.
  2. CAD Modelling: Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to develop 3D models and engineering drawings of parts and assemblies.
  3. Design Optimization: Optimize designs for manufacturing processes, ensuring efficiency, reliability, and ease of production.
  4. Material Selection: Choose appropriate materials for components, considering mechanical properties, cost, and manufacturability.
  5. Prototyping: Develop prototypes to validate and test design concepts, making adjustments as needed.
  6. Collaboration: Work closely with cross-functional teams, including manufacturing, quality assurance, and product development, to ensure design alignment with overall project goals.
  7. Cost Analysis: Conduct cost analysis and feasibility studies to evaluate the economic viability of design alternatives.
  8. Design Documentation: Prepare comprehensive design documentation, including specifications, drawings, and bills of materials.
  9. Manufacturing Process Improvement: Identify opportunities to improve manufacturing processes and collaborate on implementing changes for efficiency gains.
  10. Regulatory Compliance: Ensure that designs comply with relevant industry standards, regulations, and safety requirements.

Manufacturing Design Engineers play a pivotal role in the product development process, ensuring that designs are not only functional and aesthetically pleasing but also optimised for efficient and cost-effective manufacturing.

Please follow the link for full detail on the Apprenticeship standard – Manufacturing engineer (degree) / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education