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 achieve Level 1 in both areas. You will also have completed the Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations Apprenticeship.
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 programme usually lasts 30 months and you will play a key role in carrying out planned and emergency fault diagnosis and maintenance on mechanical equipment; restoring mechanical components to usable condition by repair; producing replacement components; assisting in the installation of mechanical equipment; and carrying out quality inspections.
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:
• Producing mechanical engineering drawings using CAD system
• Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
• Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
• Preparing and proving CNC machine tool programmes
• Using CNC machines

On successful completion of the course you will achieve the following qualifications:
Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance
Functional Skills Maths Level 2
Functional Skills English Level 2
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 will work within Engineering Maintenance and may look to progress into a higher level Engineering degree or a higher role within the workplace.

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