UK Apprenticeships & Undergraduate Schemes

Create your Career with HydraForce, by choosing the best route for you.

Launch your Career with an Apprenticeship

Here at HydraForce we offer Apprenticeships for individuals who want to become engineers. If you want to specialise in Mechanical, Electrical or Manufacturing Engineering then we have an opportunity for you!


Our award-winning Apprenticeship Scheme has been running since 2004 and is an exciting way to start your working life. A key part of your training will be the time you spend in various Engineering and business departments, to understand the product and the business; supported by your academic studies. We offer two levels of Apprenticeships: 



Level 3 Apprenticeships

The Level 3 Apprenticeship scheme lasts four years, during which time you will have the opportunity to learn both the practical and theory of your chosen discipline. In the first year, you will attend college full time; returning in the second year to join us at our Birmingham Facility. During years two, three and four, you will work on site for four days a week, attending college for the other day on day-release.

Level 6 Apprenticeships

Our Level 6 Apprenticeship typically takes five years, during which you will achieve a BEng (Hons) In Engineering. Initially, you will attend college full time with your Level 3 colleagues and then continue with your degree studies while undertaking work experience and development for the remainder of your training.

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Career Paths

Becoming a HydraForce apprentice means you are joining a team who want to see you grow in your career. Our apprentices have become Team Leaders, Technicians, and Engineers within the business, with some even winning regional and national awards as a result of their success during the apprenticeship scheme.

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Apply for an Apprenticeship

Click the link below to see what opportunities we have available now! Apprenticeship vacancies are seasonal, and we tend to start recruiting for new candidates in Spring, with a start date of August that year.


Grow your Career with an Undergraduate Scheme

If you’re looking for a work-based placement, whilst at University then join our Undergraduate Scheme here in Birmingham. Our scheme is tailored to students who are studying towards their Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, so if you fit that criteria then you’re exactly who we’re looking for! Placement students join us annually in August for a minimum of 40 weeks (dependent on the university’s requirements) and can choose to extend their placement if they wish to and if required by the business.


As the placement student, you will be assigned to a particular department and from there you will undertake what we call a ‘departmental rotation’ where you will get experience working in all of the relevant departments allowing you to get an understanding of the complete business.



Our Department Rotation

Understand our department's functions and processes, attend business meetings, and work on strategic projects and production tasks. Departments include: Quality; Valve Assembly; Manifold Production; Plant Engineering; Manufacturing Engineering; Manifold & Valve Business Units; Purchasing & Accounts; Warranty; and Technical Support.

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Your Future Career

Our Placement Students have returned after graduating, in roles such as Trainee Electrical Engineers; Junior Technical Support Engineers, and even an Application Engineer Electronics & Software for Europe. This scheme, not only supports you through your studies but paves the way for your career as a Graduate.

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Where to find us

All Undergraduate Placements are based at our European HQ in Birmingham, UK. We start our recruitment for our placement opportunities in Autumn of each year, and regularly attend University Open Days to give students the chance to find out more about our placement programmes.

Apply for an Undergraduate Scheme

Find out what opportunities we have available now! We start the recruitment process for our Undergraduate Schemes in Autumn/ Winter, with interviews taking place in the Spring of the following year. Successful candidates will then join the business in August.


Work Placement Opportunities

Internships and work placements at HydraForce can be adapted to suit both your requirements and our business needs.


However long your work placement is, you will be working on real-life projects that make a difference to the company. We welcome students from the UK, Europe and across the world to join HydraForce us for our work placements, so we can help support their growing careers.


Our placements can range in duration, with past students staying anywhere between two weeks and five months!