Register your interest now for 2024

At Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon Ltd, we recognise that full time college or university isn’t for everyone.  Whether you’re starting out and seeking an opportunity in renewable energy or interested in transferring your career to the high horsepower engine market, we provide opportunities that will help you gain experience and earn at the same time.

Gilkes is a global business with international credentials earned in over 85 countries. We are proud of our heritage and contribution in long-term sustainable success, and we want you to join us on this journey.

Our apprenticeship programme combines theoretical learning with hands-on practical experience, allowing you to enhance your confidence, acquire valuable skills, and shape your career in the direction that aligns with your aspirations!


We will shortly be launching our vacancies for 2024, in the meantime, to register your interest, please email your CV and covering letter to our HR Manager, Colette Eastman, at [email protected]

Apprenticeship Open Evening - 14th March 2024

We are delighted to announce a Gilkes Apprenticeship Opening Evening on Thursday 14th March 2024. You can secure your place by emailing us at [email protected] with your number of attendees.

Date: 14th March 2024
Time: 5pm to 6:30pm
Location: Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon Ltd, Canal Head North, Kendal, LA9 7BZ (parking available on site)

Join is and chat with our industry expert about your future career options and what we have to offer at Gilkes. What’s in store?

Why Attend?

Whether you're a student, recent graduate, or considering a career change, this is your chance to:

Interested? Drop us an email at [email protected] and keep your eyes peeled for our Apprenticeship vacancies for 2024!


What are the benefits of our apprenticeships?

At Gilkes you will explore a range of areas across the business, diversifying your skill set for a well-rounded professional journey. You will benefit from mentorship from industry experts whilst receiving a competitive compensation package coupled with additional benefits such as our generous pension scheme, cycle to work, additional holiday and more.

Our types of apprenticeships usually depend on the needs of the business and calibre of candidates – early application is advised. Nearly all of our apprentices have been offered permanent roles within the business and have continued to grow and develop into senior management roles, some moving to BSc and Master’s Degrees.

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Our advanced apprenticeships usually take two years to complete, and you will gain a BTEC Level 3. 

We offer advanced apprenticeships in the following roles:

  • Logistics
  • Incoming Goods
  • Warehouse


Our higher apprenticeships take four years to complete and work alongside your studies at Kendal college. 

You'll gain a BTEC Level 3 and a relevant HNC.

We offer higher apprenticeships in the following roles:

  • CNC Machining
  • Pump Assembly
  • Hydro Installation
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Mechanical Maintenance
  • Inspection
  • Purchasing


Our degree apprenticeships usually take five years to complete. This includes 2 years gaining a HNC followed by a further 3 years earning your degree.

We offer degree apprenticeships in the following roles:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Hydraulics Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • CFD Engineer
  • Production Engineer


We’re an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all parts of our society. We are happy to discuss any necessary adjustments or arrangements that might help support your application.

We are committed to employee safety and welfare and operate a comprehensive safeguarding process, employee assistance programme and one-to-one help where needed. Our apprentices receive support from managers who are dedicated to helping them make the most of their programme. Many of our employees started their careers as apprentices and, working alongside you, they are passionate about inspiring you to achieve great things.