Our apprenticeship schemes offer you the chance to learn, develop new skills and kick-start your career.

They are an opportunity to gain experience within our business while acquiring transferable skills. Apprenticeships vary in length from 1 – 6 years, dependent upon the type and level of apprenticeship.

We offer apprenticeships in several different business areas, for example Customer Services, Supply Chain & Logistics, Business Administration  together with Engineering (through our Technical/Craft apprenticeship schemes).  All opportunities are advertised on our current vacancies page.


Starting your career as a Drax Apprentice

Our apprenticeship schemes have many success stories, with former apprentices promoted within the business and continuing to develop their career within the Drax group.  Members of our Senior Leadership Team and Executive Committee started as apprentices.

As a Drax apprentice you will receive a considerable amount of support from your manager, mentor/buddy, and the Early Careers Team.  They’ll work closely with your training provider to ensure your apprenticeship equips you for your future career.  In addition to the specific experience and development relating to your apprenticeship, you’ll receive core skills development to prepare you for the world of work and your future career.

Drax works hard to recognise the achievements of its apprentices and holds annual apprenticeship awards to celebrate their success.

2022 Drax Apprentice Award Winners: (L-R) Sam Easthill, Sam Plumb, James Taylor, Simran Ley, Bruce Heppenstall, Patrick Harpham, Declan Farmer and Luke Crossland

Interested in our English Technical Apprenticeship Scheme or Scottish Craft Apprenticeship Scheme? Click below. 

Overview of the Technical/Craft Apprenticeship Schemes

The Drax Technical Apprentice Scheme runs over four years. The programme focuses on three engineering disciplines:

Successful candidates will initially train in general engineering principles, before selecting  one of the disciplines above. or a combined qualification agreed on appointment.

Qualifications and skills development

At the end of the programme our apprentices could achieve the following nationally recognised qualifications:

UK Apprentices

  • BTEC – National Certificate in Engineering
  • NVQ – EAL Level 3 Engineering Maintenance (Pathway EMA Mechanical) or
  • NVQ – EAL Level 3 Engineering Maintenance (Pathway EMA Electrical) or
  • NVQ – EAL Level 3 Engineering Maintenance (Pathway EMA Instrumentation)
  • Management Operations Engineering Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Scottish Apprentices Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering (SCQF Level 6 or 7)

  • NC – National Certificate in Engineering
  • SVQ 2 – Performing Engineering Operations
  • SVQ 3 – Engineering Maintenance

In addition, our apprentices can expect to develop a number of key skills such as planning and organisation, communication, team working and problem solving.

Technical apprenticeship scheme – four-year overview

Year 1 – 90% of the year is spent at their Engineering Training Academy.

Year 2 – 100% of the year is spent at Drax, focusing on the NVQ/SVQ qualification, and gaining practical experience

Year 3 – 100% of the year is spent at Drax, focusing on the NVQ/SVQ qualification, and gaining practical experience

Year 4 – 100% of the year is spent at Drax, during which time the apprentices will continue to develop their experience across the site and complete their NVQ/SVQ and in the case of English Apprentices their End Point Assessment.

Employment details

Drax directly employs all apprentices throughout the term of the apprenticeship to ensure a timely and positive learning and job experience.


During the apprenticeship, travel costs will be provided if required to travel to your training provider or another site over and above your normal travel expenses to work. In addition, accommodation will be paid for where appropriate.