Starting with us


Quality learning, outstanding support and the chance to apply your knowledge in the real world. That’s what you’ll get on our apprenticeships.

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Our apprenticeships combine quality college or university learning with paid hands-on work experience. Most of our apprentices train as electromechanical engineers or test engineers, although we also offer programmes in areas such as HR, Procurement, Finance or Sales. So, if you’re looking to gain a recognised qualification while developing your practical skills, you’ll find an apprenticeship for you.

Our programmes include:

  • Intermediate apprenticeships (level 2)
  • Advanced apprenticeships (level 3)
  • Higher apprenticeships (level 4/5)
  • Degree apprenticeships (level 6)
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The format of the programme

Our apprenticeships are designed to give you a full experience of life at HORIBA MIRA. As a full member of your team, you’ll be contributing to real projects, with plenty of opportunities to build your skills and knowledge. And you’ll enjoy plenty of support. From your line manager and colleagues, to a dedicated mentor, a buddy and a network of other apprentices and graduates, you’ll find there’s always someone to offer help and advice.


Learning and earning

The format of your apprenticeship will depend on the area of our business that you apply to. Generally, they last for three or five years. You’ll combine weekly blocks of study at a local college or university, with the chance to put your learning into practice, working on real projects at HORIBA MIRA. And on completion, you’ll move into a permanent role in one of our teams.

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Ongoing professional development

At HORIBA MIRA, we have a comprehensive learning and development programme for all our people. So, you can expect regular reviews with your line manager to talk through your career goals and ambitions, with a set plan to give you the skills and experience you need to achieve them. Whether you want to move into leadership and management, or become a thought leader and expert in your chosen area, we’ll give you all the support you need to achieve your full potential.

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What we’re
looking for

The qualifications, abilities and interests you need will depend on the apprenticeship you apply for. For example, for our Level 6 electromechanical engineering degree apprenticeships, you’ll need three A-levels at grades A or B, including Maths, or a Distinction in an engineering BTEC level 3. You’ll also have a general interest in how things work and will enjoy working on bikes or cars. We will also look for candidates who are a good fit to our values.

Meet some
of the team


Stanley Chell

Electro-Mechanical Engineering Apprentice

I am proud to wear my HORIBA MIRA uniform. After only being here a few months, it felt like I’d already been part of the team for years. There are loads of clubs to get involved with. And the team culture and training opportunities encourage you to always learn, so you’ll come across something new and interesting every day.

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Meet some
of the team


Alex Bartlam

Apprentice Technician

I really enjoy the variety of work at HORIBA MIRA. And they’ve invested a lot in me, with training opportunities on top of my apprenticeship. I’ve been able to learn skills such as welding and CAD, as well as gaining a forklift licence. There’s a strong sense of teamwork, too – so you get support from both the business and the people around you.

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Meet some
of the team


Evie Hurst

Degree Apprentice in EMC

The people here are always willing to help, and every day there’s something new to learn. I’m on the degree apprenticeship program so HORIBA MIRA has really invested in my studies and future career. With such a big company, there’s a variety of opportunities to see what different departments are like, and maybe choose to branch into those areas.

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Our recruitment process

We’ll review your CV or application to make sure you’re eligible for our apprenticeship and that you have the appropriate qualifications and grades. We might also ask you to attend a short video interview, so we can understand more about you and why you want to work for us.

If you’re successful at this stage, we’ll start to assess your abilities and character. This might include measuring your problem solving ability and personality traits through some psychometric tests.

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Hints and tips from the team


Right to Work in the UK

When you apply to us, we’ll check both your eligibility for employment with us, and your suitability for the programme you apply to. This means you must make sure that you have the Right to Work in the UK. If you don’t have eligibility, we’ll reject your application.


Your application

Please don’t send a generic CV. Tailor your CV to reflect the requirements of the graduate programme you’re interested in. That means adding an introduction explaining why you want to join the programme and the particular skills and abilities you’ll bring to it.


Psychometric tests

We use psychometric tests that are approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS). They help us to measure a wide range of attributes, including cognitive abilities, problem solving, situational judgment, personality, error checking, and various types of reasoning.

If you’ve never taken a test like this before, don’t worry. There are plenty of online sites like Practice Aptitude Tests and Job Test Prep, where you can take free sample tests. These will help you get used to them, so you know what to expect.

If you have a disability or any condition that might affect your performance on the test, please let us know in advance. Send us written evidence from a psychologist, so we can get the right advice on how to make the necessary adjustments.


Ready to apply?

Ready to start learning and earning with a business that supports, encourages and enables you to achieve your full potential? Where your wellbeing and work/life balance are important? And where there’s always someone to turn to for advice?

Apply now