Engineering Apprenticeships

Royal Mail
United Kingdom
02 Oct 2017
18 Dec 2017
Job Type
Early Career

At Royal Mail, we sort around 58 million items every working day. It’s a complex operation – and one that we couldn’t manage without our team of talented engineers. Join us as an engineering apprentice and you’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills, become a professionally registered engineer, build industry knowledge and help us deliver a first-class service throughout our network.

Our apprentices are among the highest performing in the country. We have been named Employer of the Year by our training partner and our most talented apprentices have won awards for practical and academic achievement, beating strong opposition in the process.

Our Programmes

Advanced Engineering

At our mail centres and offices up and down the country, we sort, on average, 58 million items each day. On any given night, our biggest warehouse alone can see 60% of the country’s post pass through. To maintain and develop that technology, and come up with new ways to improve the sorting process, we have a large and dedicated team of engineers –around 1,000 in all. Most of them based in mail centres and offices across the country. Our apprentice programme will help you build a rounded foundation of knowledge of engineering and maintenance to underpin your development.

Vehicle Maintenance

As our vehicle maintenance apprentice, you’ll service and repair light vehicles, including cars and vans, working on all the systems within the vehicle. Day-to-day, you could be replacing simple parts or solving complex faults using diagnostic methods and equipment, learning everything there is to know on the job. Our workshops also offer maintenance services for other companies’ fleets, so you will get the opportunity to gain experience repairing a wide range of vehicles. We’ll give you responsibility from day one and will support you every step of your apprenticeship.

Project Management

Working alongside experienced project managers, you’ll learn how to figure out what a given project would involve, in terms of time, money and expertise. If it makes sense from a financial and business point of view, you’ll go on to create a project plan, pulling together the right team and resources to make it all happen.

With time dedicated to class-based study with our specialist training partner, you’ll work towards an NVQ Level 4 in Project Management. And at the end of the programme, you’ll also be a member of the Association of Project Managers.


Here at Royal Mail, we have five different technology apprenticeships: 

  1. Data Analyst
  2. Junior Digital Project Manager
  3. Business Analyst
  4. Cyber Technician
  5. Software Developer

So whether you’re interested in detecting breaches in network security, managing and abstracting data, offering expert technical advice or developing software, you’ll develop a specialist blend of technical skills and build a foundation of knowledge in critical areas that will set you up with a rewarding career. Four of the Apprenticeships are for A level students and one is for GCSE students. 

Logistics Management

Logistics is an integral part of the Royal Mail Group and plays a vital role in keeping the mail moving through the pipeline. Comprises three main operating units: National Distribution, Processing and Royal Mail Fleet. Our people do a variety of jobs from professional drivers of our large and medium-sized fleet to processing and cross-docking mail in our regional distribution centres, walk bundling, rail and air centres. Logistics is also responsible for managing and maintaining the Royal Mail fleet of over 46,000 vehicles

You’ll complete up to three placements, involving management roles in Distribution, Processing and Air, to learn about everything there is to know, from managing people and performance to ensuring a top quality service is provided for our customers.

We’ll give you management responsibility from the day you start, giving you time to learn the ropes before heading up a team of 25 to 40 people. We’ll enhance your budding management skills and supplement your day-to-day learning with leadership development and raise your strategic awareness.

Finance Apprenticeship

As a Finance apprentice, you could work with the award-winning Accounts Receivable team, working on a range of activities with customers. You could work in the Accounts Payable team, dealing with vendors and a variety of payment processes. You could also be delivering results through ledger and asset register maintenance, external and internal reporting, including Board reporting and the preparation of statutory and regulatory accounts.