Apprenticeships at Howden

To showcase the benefits of apprenticeships schemes, we are committed to developing relationships with local schools to encourage them to explore Engineering and promote STEM careers. We are also passionate about contributing to gender diversity in apprenticeship programmes; as females currently make up less than 18% of higher apprentices in engineering and manufacturing.

Howden are actively engaged with local schools, where our team host tours of our Compressor factory. We also take part in the Go4SET Initiative, where we mentor a group of six S2 pupils over 10 weeks to develop skills inform subject choice and challenge perceptions about a career in STEM. We also offer Foundation Apprenticeships, which include 15 schoolchildren have come into the business 1 day per week for 6 weeks to get “on the job experience”.


We are committed to developing relationships with the local schools to encourage them to explore Engineering and STEM careers paths. We believe this can unlock a long and successful future for school leavers

Emma Muller, MD of Howden Compressors

Howden apprenticeship programme

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If you want to help deliver cutting edge technology that really counts, we have the best in the business waiting to mentor you and help you develop a career where you’ll make a real difference.


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The Howden Apprentice intake for 2022 is now open.


Howden are delighted to announce that our Apprenticeship Programme is now open for 2022. We have an excellent opportunity for three individuals to complete an accredited 4-year Craft apprenticeship within our Compressor business. Our apprenticeship programmes are and excellent grounding for those wishing to pursue a career in engineering that allow you to develop in many different areas in the engineering field.

The Howden Apprenticeship Training Programme

Throughout our 4-year apprenticeship programme, Apprentices will attend college through our accredited training provider East Kilbride & District Engineering Group Training Association Ltd (EKGTA). During the first 6 months of the programme Apprentices will attend the Training Centre in a full time capacity. Thereafter, Apprentices move on to complete their first year with a combination of learning within the Training Centre and work experience within the Howden Factory in Renfrew. In year two, Apprentices are given the opportunity to decide which career path they wish to pursue, they can opt for either a factory or technical route, where you can move into the Engineering Department. All Apprentices are assigned a Howden mentor who will support and enable our Apprentices to develop their professional and personal skills to build a successful career at Howden. In year three and four, Apprentices will continue to gain work experience within Howden, alongside completing their studies resulting in an HNC or HND Level certification.
In recognising the value of our people, Apprentices will have the opportunity to continue their education to potentially complete a university degree. This blended learning approach provides our Apprentices with the opportunity to apply their academic studies with practical skills gained through real life work experience. Our Apprentices are supported each stage of their journey throughout our business.

Learn more about our Training provider EKGTA.


The Candidates

In order to apply for an apprenticeship with Howden you will need to have achieved school grades that include the following at National 5C or above:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • A technical subject such as Craft & Design or Engineering Skills.  

You should also be able to display good communication skills and have competency in Microsoft office packages.


The Application Process

Recruitment for Howden Apprenticeships openings begin in April of each year. The applications remain open for three weeks and must be made directly with our training partners East Kilbride & District Engineering Group Training Association Ltd (EKGTA). EKGTA will review all applications and prepare a shortlist of candidates. Thereafter, selected candidates are asked to complete a series of aptitude tests, including problem-solving and numerical skills. Interviews then take place at Howden's Renfrew site, before final offers are made to the successful candidates. Apprentices join Howden in August of each year to begin their 4 year Apprenticeship journey.

Applications for the 2022 intake will open in April 2022, where you will be able to apply via the Apprenticeships Application page of the EKGTA website and select ‘Apply to Howden Compressors’ which appears at the bottom of the webpage. 


Meet some of our past and present apprentices

Robert Orr

Robert Orr

Began appenticeship in 2007 - now Operations Director.

Robert's profile
Alan Moffat

Alan Moffat

Began appenticeship in 2006 - now Assembly and Test Manager.

Alan's profile

Ross MacLeod

Began appenticeship in 2008 - now Bare Shaft Assembly Leader.

Ross' profile
Ross MacLeod

Emma McCormick

Began appenticeship in 2019.

Emma's profile
Emma McCormick
Susanne George

Susanne George

Began appenticeship in 2014 - now an Operator.

Susanne's profile

Learn more about the programme

Howden Apprenticeship Programme | Drew McMillan | Howden

Drew McMillan works for our compressors division and is based in Renfrew.

Apprenticeships at Howden | Emma and Erin

Emma McCormick and Erin Murphy talk about how they joined the Howden Apprenticeship .

Experiences of our Apprentices

In this video we feature current and graduate members of our apprenticeship programme.

If you are interested in an Apprenticeship at Howden, please get in touch


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