Accelerate your career in engineering at Dawson Shanahan

There has never been a better time to join the exciting and dynamic world of engineering and there’s no better place to start than at Dawson Shanahan.


Based in Welshpool, we’re a world leading specialist in precision engineering, with over 80 years’ experience. Through our paid apprenticeship programme, we give you the skills, knowledge and experience to accelerate your career in today’s fast-moving world of engineering. Learning while earning with us brings you a wealth of exciting new opportunities across a wide range of engineering disciplines.


Ours is a challenging yet highly rewarding environment, which makes it the ideal setting for apprentices. You’ll be working alongside some of the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the industry, learning about the theoretical and practical side of engineering first-hand and developing your skills in a range of areas. The apprenticeship training programme lasts two to four years, depending on the qualifications you choose to work towards. Your training follows a carefully planned schedule and you are supported throughout, with progress monitored by your assigned learning advisor. As well as helping you to achieve nationally-recognised qualifications, we make sure you develop all the practical skills you need to progress with us.

Why choose us?

  • We have over 80 years’ experience in precision engineering
  • We work across industry, in such sectors as automotive and aerospace
  • We work with some of the biggest manufacturers in the world
  • We export to 40 countries around the world
  • We help you achieve NVQ 2 and NVQ 3, plus Level two, three and four qualifications, in engineering

What does it take to become an apprentice at Dawson Shanahan

  • You should be 16 or over and not be in full-time education
  • You’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C
  • You’ll need an interest in developing a career in engineering
  • You should be keen to work in a team and possess a hunger to learn

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