Design Engineering Apprenticeship

Leyland has sole responsibility for the engineering design and development of the DAF LF product within the PACCAR organisation. As an apprentice you will gain a significant amount of knowledge through undertaking a structured rotation through various mechanical and electrical design functions whilst studying towards a formal higher level qualification in your applicable engineering discipline.  You will gain CAD skills and an insight into design areas including chassis, powertrain, cabs and electrical system.

For those looking to specialise in electrical design you will gain more in-depth skills and knowledge whilst working in areas including electronics, CAN/networking, embedded software/diagnostics, electrical wiring/circuits, systems engineering, requirements definition/capture and management. Including working on advanced technologies such as those involved with architecture, concepts, safety systems, electrification and levels of driver assistance leading towards vehicle autonomy.

You will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake the role of an engineer upon completion of this scheme.

The apprenticeship will last 5 years and includes you achieving an academic degree BEng (hons) in either Mechanical or Electrical & Electronic Engineering.


A competitive starting salary of £14,907 rising during each year of the scheme; 33 days of holiday (which includes statutory holidays); a pension scheme and medical support schemes.

What We Are Looking For

To apply, you will need 96 UCAS points (new tariff system) in an Engineering subject. You will also possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or higher (grade A*-C), including Maths, English and a Science. 

With a keen, demonstrable interest in Engineering and electronics technologies, you will be eager to learn and be able to adapt to a changing environment.  With the ability to use your own initiative, you will take co-responsibility for your development within the business and help shape your future career.

About Leyland Trucks

Leyland Trucks is the UK’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturing business and produces over 18,000 trucks per year from its state-of-the-art facility in Lancashire.

The company is a division of the American corporation PACCAR Inc., which is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.  PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced powertrains, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business..

Since Leyland Trucks was acquired by PACCAR in 1998, it has become the group's established centre for light and medium truck design, development and manufacture.

Having the right people in the right place, with the right skills, at the right time is essential to our business success and our apprenticeship schemes help ensure we continue to provide market leading product to DAF customers in the UK and around the world.

Application Process

Apprentice application forms can be downloaded via the website to:

The closing date for applications is Friday 5th March 2021.                                     

Interviews will be held week commencing 29th March and 5th April 2021