New Apprentices

We can’t wait to welcome you to the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre.

There are lots of things that you can do to get a head start on apprenticeship life before you arrive!

As you are about to embark on the next step of your engineering career, we would like to give you as much information as possible so you can make the most out of your time with us.

Top tip: You can keep up to date with what is happening at the AMRC Training Centre by following us on, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

Before you arrive

What to bring with you

There are a few items that you will need for your apprenticeship and you will be expected to bring: 

  • Something to take notes in sessions. 
  • A4 lined paper
  • Graph paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • 300mm ruler
  • Protractor
  • Scientific calculator

What facilities are available

Here is the AMRC Training Centre address to help you with planning your journey.

Car Parking 

Parking spaces at the AMRC Training Centre are limited, so please be aware that on-site parking is on a first come first served basis. 

Public Transport

The latest Government COVID-19 guidance specifies that the use of public transport to travel to and from the centre should be minimised as far as possible. 

However, if this is your only means of transport please plan your route to ensure you arrive ahead of your scheduled start time. Further information on public transport routes to the centre can be found on the Travel South Yorkshire website.

As we are part of the University of Sheffield, students can apply to live in University of Sheffield accommodation for part or all of the duration of their course. 

This may be particularly useful during the 'block release' practical skills training period at the start of your apprenticeship if your place of work is not local or you don't have access to your own transport. 

Further information on University of Sheffield accommodation can be found online here.

Although we usually provide catering facilities due to COVID-19 we would ask all learners to bring their own food and drink from home, and avoid using communal food preparation areas, we do however have a small number of microwaves available for use.

Consumption of food in the classrooms is not permitted.

Apprentice support

At the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre we have an experienced team of teaching and learning mentors, committed to working with apprentices both in and out of the classroom and workshop to identify and meet individuals' needs and goals. 

If you would like, we can liaise directly with your company, family and your teaching team to ensure you thrive during your apprenticeship with us.

You can find more information on our team here.

If you have additional support needs, are a care leaver or have caring responsibilities that affect your ability to study you are entitled to additional support. 

It is important that you contact learner support team as soon as possible on so we are able to arrange support for you.

TOTUM, is the new name for the NUS extra card, offers over 200 UK student discounts and is available to staff as well as students.

As an apprentice and part of the University of Sheffield you are eligible to access these discounts, you can find out more online here.

Covid 19

With a short while to go before the start of the academic year, you may be wondering what to expect when you join the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre. 

While your apprenticeship might be a bit different to what you were expecting, we are looking forward to welcoming you for the new academic year. We have been busy making preparations in line with the latest government guidelines and with your safety as our top priority.

A thorough risk assessment of the training centre has been conducted to ensure the safety of our students and staff remains paramount. To support this all students are asked to follow any requests from staff and to strictly adhere to social distancing measures at all times. 

In all educational settings, preventing the spread of COVID-19 involves dealing with direct transmission (for instance, when in close contact with those sneezing and coughing) and indirect transmission (via touching contaminated surfaces).

A range of approaches will be employed by the AMRC Training Centre and these include:

  • cleaning hands more often than usual - wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach
  • minimising contact and mixing by altering, as much as possible, the environment (such as classroom layout) and timetables (such as staggered break times)

Recommended resources

We recommend that our Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) students use these resources to help get a head start on their apprenticeship. 


Refresh your knowledge on the fundamentals of maths such as conversions cm to mm, measuring with precision, multiplication tables, algebra, trigonometry and angles, shapes, interpreting and representing using mathematical diagrams, communicating with mathematics and problem solving. The following websites will help:

  • Corbettmaths- worksheets with answers, instructional videos and five a day worksheets
  • Maths Genie - instructional videos and past paper questions.
  • Hegartymaths- how to videos and practice questions
  • Khan Academy - resources here will help you with anything that you may feel ‘rusty’ on


Focus on making sure that your punctuation and spelling is correct and that you can write down what you want to express clearly and succinctly. The following website will help:

  • BBC Skillswise - helps you to improve specific English skills
  • Functional Skills - focuses on the development of English skills that are needed in the workplace

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