Engineering apprentice being directed by employer


Are you looking for an opportunity to earn while you learn? Then an apprenticeship is right for you! On an apprenticeship you can: • Gain training whilst you are employed and earning a wage • Achieve nationally recognised qualifications • Benefit from coaching and mentoring from industry professionals • Enhance your career prospects. We offer a structured training programme for those in employment who want to learn and we work with employers to recruit Apprentices seeking an Apprenticeship placement. If you don’t think you have the necessary ‘work-ready skills’, we also offer Traineeships. This course provides the essential work preparation training, English, Maths and work experience needed to secure your Apprenticeship place.


Location: Central Campus

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You will need to be aged 16 years or over and must be working or applying to work with a company that have agreed that you will be working as an apprentice for this Apprenticeship programme. You will undertake a diagnostic assessment for both Maths and English and a free writing exercise prior to enrolment and should gain a Level 1 for both subjects. If you have passed Maths and English GCSE with a Grade 4/C or above, or functional key skills at Level 2, and can evidence this with certificate/s, you will not need to take the Maths and English functional skills qualification within the apprenticeship programme.


This apprenticeship is an investment in the skills you need to succeed in the engineering production and manufacturing industry which include: setting and operating machines during production; ensuring machines and equipment used for production are maintained; and quality and inspection of completed products. The course will last 12 months and has to be completed before you move into an Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering.
This course will allow you to build a foundation of skills which are needed to be successful. You will work through a variety of modules to gain the experience and skills needed to succeed, including:
• Working safely in an engineering environment
• Producing mechanical engineering drawings using a CAD system
• Producing mechanical assemblies
• Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
• Preparing and using milling machines
• Preparing and using grinding machines
• Preparing and using CNC turning machines

On successful completion of the course you will achieve the following qualifications:
Extended Certificate in Engineering (Specialist: Manufacturing Engineering) Level 2
Certificate in Engineering Level 2
Award in Industrial Environment Awareness Level 2
Functional Skills Maths Level 1
Functional Skills English Level 1
Employment Rights and Responsibilities
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
Apprenticeship Achievement Certificate


All learners will have a dedicated trainer/assessor who will plan learning and assessments with you. The assessment methods used will include the following:
• Observation and assessment in the workplace
• Exams
• Course work
• Portfolio of evidence
• Witness Testimony

You will attend college one day per week and you will receive regular workplace assessments which will assess competency. You will be required to sit a number of exams during the programme in addition to creating a portfolio of learning.

20% of the training will be delivered off the job and this can include: simulation, online learning or training from employers, shadowing, mentoring, industry visits, attendance at competitions and support in writing assignments.


You can progress to the Advanced Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Framework:
Metal Working and Machine Operatives
Quality Control (Batch Work)
CNC Operator
Maintenance Operative
Process Operator.

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