Engineering Training Programme (ETP)

We believe in developing and investing in talent. And, we know that by supporting our future leaders and engineers to gain the very best skills, behaviours and experience around, we’ll continue to have a bright, successful future and they will too. So, whether you’ve just finished your A-levels or an Engineering BTEC and are interested in a career in engineering, or perhaps already work within the utilities sector, our ETP could be perfect for you!
Over 24 months, you’ll develop leadership skills, gain technical exposure and understanding, and experience professional development, through a combination of theoretical learning and on the job experience. We’ll also make sure that you’re on track throughout the scheme by conducting regular reviews to check you’re setting yourself up for success. Supported by PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) trainers, you’ll be driven, focussed and keen to achieve a supervisory role in a technical discipline.

We're currently closed for applications. However, keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page as we'll provide updates when we open for the next round of applications.

Your Training  

You’ll study towards achieving an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. Over two years this will be a combination of academic study at Solihull College and on-the-job training at work. You’ll also have a dedicated mentor to support you at every step.
Your academic studies will be made up of 18 weeks study at college over the two years combined with Cadent specific on the job training including personal development, health and safety and leadership skills.


Whilst studying on the ETP, you’ll receive all the same benefits as other Cadent employees. This includes:

  • 25 days’ holiday, plus eight statutory days and an option to buy or sell holiday days.
  • A generous pension scheme, where we double match your contributions up to 6%. So, if you pay in 6% Cadent will pay in 12%, giving you an 18% contribution into your pension each month. Any payments over 6% are treated as additional voluntary contributions.
  • MyChoices benefits like bike to work scheme, salary sacrifice cars and healthcare that you can pick and choose from. You could even get a better deal than you would on the high street and make tax and National Insurance savings.
  • Access to occupational health services e.g. display screen equipment, physiotherapy, and an employee assistance program.
  • Company car (this is not always guaranteed as it would depend on the specific business area and if the role has high mileage as part of the role).
  • Performance based annual bonus.


Our application process 

If you want to apply for the Engineering Training Programme, you'll follow a simple, four step process to determine whether we're a good fit for each other:

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