We’re passionate about our apprenticeship schemes which is why we continuously find new ways to make our four programmes exciting, dynamic and relevant to today’s fast-paced world of work.

Each year we recruit around 15 apprentices – usually from local schools and colleges in the catchment area to our Group headquarters in Hixon, Staffordshire. Our smaller recruitment size allows us to give our apprentices the time and care needed, ensuring you have all the guidance required to excel.

Since we launched our fully-accredited apprenticeship schemes in 2010, we have recruited over 150 apprentices, and we are proud to have offered all graduates a role within The HEX Group divisions.

This reflects the value we place on our apprentices, and we continue to develop our schemes year-on-year because we see the enormous potential Apprentices bring to our Group.

Many of our apprentices go on to further their careers in one of our businesses, and those with exceptionally high levels of drive and determination achieve a Level 4 qualification. We’ll even sponsor some of our graduate apprentices to complete a full degree.

Is one of our Apprenticeship Schemes right for you?

Across The HEX Group divisions, we service a vast range of industries, including the technology, automotive, agricultural, interiors, aerospace, utilities, construction, defence industries, garden lifestyle – the list is endless. So, you can expect an exciting and varied career in The HEX Group, where you’ll learn cutting-edge manufacturing practices using the very latest technology, building up a wealth of experience and skills. Every year we expand the opportunities available across many disciplines, reflecting our commitment to delivering even further opportunities for young people starting their careers.

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Applications for our 2024 apprenticeship intake are now closed. 

Our apprenticeships

Craft Engineer (Level 2)
• Learn the foundations of manufacturing and engineering
• Try your hand at using some of the fundamental equipment of manufacturing, including punch machines, press breaks, laser operations and more
• Choose where you want to spend your time, specialising in one area
• 18-month course
• Spend one day a week at the Newcastle Stafford College Group
• Starting salary of £13,520
• Grade 4 or above required in maths and English required
Welding (Level 2)
• Learn about one of the key skills in manufacturing and for the future – welding
• Discover techniques and learn how to weld for a number of applications
• Upon completion of this course, you are guaranteed a job at the end
• 14-month course
• Spend time at Stafford College honing in your skills, then utilise these in a real-world environment at Alpha Manufacturing
• Starting salary of £13,520
• Grade 4 or above required in maths and English required
Engineering Technician (Level 3)
• Dynamic course letting you get involved in the key parts of engineering
• Focus on a chosen key area you would like to specialise in, working with Alpha Manufacturing or Bri-Stor Systems
• Opportunities to specialise in everything from prototyping, electrical fitting, programming, punch and laser operations and much more
• 36-month course
• Combined theory and hands-on learning, gradually increasing in placement learning across The HEX Group
• Starting salary of £13,520
• Four GSCE passes (or equivalent) at grade 4 or higher in appropriate subjects, including maths and English, required
• Or a BTC Level 2 in Engineering required
Graphics and Signage (Level 3)
• Learn the ins and outs of signage, branding and graphics application
• Put the theory you learn to the test within the HEX Graphics team
• Gain experience working with vehicles and other applications
• 24-month course
• Remote learning, based at HEX Graphics workshop, gaining hands-on experience
• Starting salary of £13,520
• Four GSCE passes (or equivalent) at grade 4 or higher in appropriate subjects, including maths and English, required

Frequently asked questions

Is there an age limit for applicants to the apprenticeship Scheme?
Typically, applicants onto our apprenticeship Scheme are aged between 16 and 18, but you can apply for an apprenticeship after this age. You must be 16 by the time you start the apprenticeship in September.
What are the minimum qualifications I need?
You need to have achieved a Level 4 GCSE in Mathematics, English and a Science to take up your place in September.
I’m concerned about getting to The JCB Academy in Rocester – can you help?
One of the great benefits of joining the Bri-Stor Group Apprenticeship Scheme is that we are the only Scheme in the area that has negotiated an arrangement with JCB Academy to use the school bus service. This is a chargeable service, but gives you complete peace of mind and takes out the stress of transport.
What happens if I start my Apprenticeship but I want to switch businesses?
Our primary role is to give you the greatest opportunity to succeed in your early career so if you find that you’re not enjoying the Scheme you have chosen; we urge you to talk to us as soon as possible so we can find a solution that works.
I’ve got questions that aren’t answered here, what should I do?
We want to guide you through this process with as much support as possible so please send an email to william.davies-hill@bri-stor.co.uk and Will can make an appointment to chat to you.

The Latest HEX Apprenticeship News

September 6, 2022

Meet the new apprentices joining The HEX Group team

Fifteen new apprentices will be joining The HEX Group as we continue our commitment to training the next generation of engineers. This month the latest recruits to join the company’s successful apprenticeship scheme will start their training and get the opportunity to learn hands on, practical skills and training across a variety of disciplines.
February 10, 2022

“My Apprenticeship has helped to fast-track my career”

The HEX Group Apprenticeship Scheme has developed over 100 young students to grow into leaders in their field for over 10 years. After beginning his further education at sixth form, Graduate Apprentice and Production Engineer Alex Billings decided an Apprenticeship was the route he wanted to pursue.