Engineering the next generation of talent

Our Centre of Craft Excellence aims to answer the demands of the manufacturing industry with practical, 'real' accredited training courses for aspiring apprentices. Currently, we have 5 Premier Group apprentices taking part in the programme – fundamental to the continued growth and long term development of the company.

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Targeting Excellence

We’re always on the look-out for excellence in people, it often is found in the most surprising people!

Learn a real trade

Our Centre offers courses and training in subjects that are used everyday in the engineering environment.

Nurturing bright minds

For Premier Group to remain ‘on top of its game’, we need to support our youngsters and allow them to flourish.

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Our aim at Premier Group is to offer our customers the very best precision engineering and manufacturing solutions. To remain ahead we need to continually strive for improvement and heavily invest in the skill set of our talented workforce.

To meet these demands for the future we have launched the Premier Group Centre of Craft Excellence.

  • CAD / Design
  • CNC Manufacture
  • Electrical Installation
  • Engineering Production
  • Engineering Maintenance
  • Engineering Technical Services
  • Fabrication and Welding
  • Installation and Commissioning
  • Machining
  • Tool Making
  • Project Management
  • Systems Engineering


A detailed assessment was recently conducted by Premier Group, analysing and recording the average age of skilled crafts persons within the Midlands. It was found that the average age of a sheet metal worker was 54-56, concluding that traditional, artisan skills will be non-existent within approximately 10 years.

One of the key objectives of the Centre of Craft Excellence is to reduce the average age of these skilled workforce members to 35.

To assist in our drive, we have partnered with two of the UKs leading organisations for the provision of technical Apprenticeships and qualifications in the engineering sector.


Our partnership with Semta (Science, Engineering, Manufacture, Technologies, Apprenticeships) is testament to this undertaking. In partnership with them, we have developed a series of innovative solutions and programmes to equip our staff and Apprentices with the skills specific to our 4 divisions of:

  • Advanced Engineering
  • Sheet Metal Manufacturing
  • Low to Medium Volume Manufacturing
  • Niche Vehicle Production

We work closely with Semta who provide us with excellent support for our in-house Apprentice programmes. They assist in the recruitment of quality candidates, with regular feedback about their progress. We are confident that our investment in the Apprentices will pay dividends for our long term aspirations. For more information visit





EAL (Excellence Achievement and Learning) is the specialist skills partner and awarding organisation for our industry.

Their commitment is to invest in the industries that we serve and the careers of the people working within them. Through similar industry partnerships, such as the one with Premier Group, they have built unrivalled knowledge and understanding of the skills requirements of companies like ours. In partnership with them, we will deliver real career benefits for all our staff and apprentices. For more information visit




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What is the accredited centre of craft excellence.

As an accredited centre, Premier Group offers Level 2 and 3 work-based qualifications and Apprenticeships to our entire workforce.

Our current in-take of Apprentices is working towards an Advanced Apprenticeship in Fabrication and Weld.

How much holiday entitlement will I get and what will I be paid?

Pay: as per national average for Apprenticeships
Holiday: 248 hrs per year

What are our selection criteria?

Five GCSEs (grade C or above) or a Diploma.

*Prior learning will be taken into consideration if studied on other courses

What hours will I work?

Hours of work: 37 per week

What is the one year inital Intermediate Apprenticeship?

You will work towards:
An NVQ Level 2 (PEO)
Level 1 Functional Skills (Maths & English)
Technical Certificate – A relevant knowledge based certificate
Employers Rights and Responsibilities
Personal Learning and Thinking skills

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

Benefits include:
Getting paid while learning
Improve and gain skills and knowledge that will help you gain your qualification faster
You learn at your pace
You receive support and mentoring
It can set you up for a job or move onto better jobs

How do I get started?

Send a copy of your CV to The Premier Group, if you haven’t already done so, and then all you need to do next is turn up to the assessment day. Assessment dates will be confirmed shortly.

What is the two year Advanced Apprenticeship?

You will work towards:
An NVQ Level 3
Level 2 Functional Skills (Maths, English & ICT)
Technical Certificate – A relevant knowledge based certificate
Employer Rights and Responsibilities
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

During the 4th year, Apprentices work independently within each of the four divisions on company projects on the shop floor.