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Apprenticeships

PP Control & Automation is developing the next generation of engineers and specialists in the exciting world of manufacturing automation and digitalisation, through hands-on experience.

PP C&A apprentices are amongst the best in the country and have received national recognition at various awards.

Why choose an apprenticeship with PP Control & Automation?

The investment in, and development of young, ambitious and motivated individuals is a fundamental cornerstone for the progress of the business. PP C&A has grown into the largest independent supplier of control & automation solutions in Europe, respected by many of the most successful machinery builders in the world.

To ensure the continued growth and development of the business, numerous opportunities are available through an apprenticeship program. PP C&A work closely with schools and colleges in promoting an exciting career in manufacturing.

PP C&A apprentices will gain experience throughout the business. They will be learning from departmental experts in every area; from design to manufacturing to business administration, all developed and supported though the PP C&A world-class Excellence School.

Tailored internal training and associated academic education enable an individual to familiarise themselves with the application of critical skills, designed to support both the future of the business and the individual’s career.

Apprentice Criteria

  • Ambitious and motivated
  • Patient and persistent
  • Good communicator
  • Flexible and able to adapt to change
  • Has clear focus and attention to detail
  • Embraces and applies learning
  • Reliable, dependable, honest and responsible
Potential progression opportunities include (but not limited to):
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Business Administration
  • Supply Chain
  • Leadership/Management

Quick snap case study


From Cabinet Builder to Board Director

Ian Knight started his career at PP Control & Automation as an apprentice building control panels and cabinets on the shop floor. Over the course of his career, Ian has taken on the roles of Operations Manager, Director of Operational Excellence and now the Chief Information Officer for the business. Apprenticeships with PP C&A will open doors to a successful career in the industry of manufacturing.

Apprenticeships » PP Management Team L2 » PP Control & Automation
Directors L-R: Tony Hague (CEO), Stewart Robertson (Finance Director), Sean Cayley (COO), Ian Knight (CIO), Garry Myatt (Sales Director)

Apprentice stories

Blogs and stories about exceptional young engineers, training and apprenticeships.

Sophie’s electric as PP C&A engineer wins major Engineering & Manufacturing Apprenticeship Award

A female electrical engineer, who has already delivered a £1m plus new product introduction, was named as the Black Country’s best Engineering & Manufacturing apprentice on the evening of Thursday 3rd November.

Gen-Zeal: The eager desire of a new generation of engineers

From where to invest large sums of money, to which market sectors to target, young engineers face the ‘difficult’ work life questions.

Young engineers hit the headlines with Design & Make triumph

Three schools from the Black Country and Warwickshire have been crowned as the main winners at one of the biggest independent manufacturing-education events in the UK.

PP C&A targets training boost with investment in Bright Sparks initiative

PP C&A has signalled its intentions to ramp up investment in its recently launched Bright Sparks University (BSU).

Manufacturing Apprenticeships – 3 common misconceptions

Manufacturing apprenticeships can open many doors but how aware are young people and experienced workers alike of that opportunity?

PP apprentice is ‘Highly Commended’ at In-Comm Awards

One of our young apprentices has beaten off competition from across the West Midlands to secure a major honour at the recent In-Comm Training Awards.

Training Providers

PP C&A work with leading local training institutions.

It is vital that PP C&A work alongside providers that share the same dedication to shaping the future of UK manufacturing, bridging the skills gap and making a lasting impact.

Working within modern manufacturing facilities, disciplines from process and theory to advanced engineering are provided and help to make new learners develop into specialist engineers for life.

Take the next step

If you would like to find out more about our apprentice program, or you are a school or college looking to develop collaborative links with a UK manufacturer – we would love to hear from you.

Prospective learners should use the form below to apply for our apprenticeship program.

Schools and Colleges can contact us on +44 (0)1922 419109 or by emailing apprentices@ppcanda.com