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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 and provide technical support and expertise for all areas of the Engineering and Manufacturing function, whose principal role is to ensure products are produced to the required specification and/or systems remain operational within their designated field. They do this by discussing/consulting with relevant people; finding solutions to problems; identifying areas for improving the business; collating feedback from end users or customers; preparing a plan of action for implementation of the agreed solution; communicating the proposed solution to relevant people; obtaining feedback where appropriate; ensuring that all information is documented to provide an audit trail; and implementing preventive measures, where applicable, to ensure no recurrence of the problem.
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:
• Understanding the structure, properties and characteristics of common materials used in the manufacture of components and assemblies and how they operate within their working environment
• Business improvement techniques: recommending and contributing to the designing and implementation of new or revised manufacturing processes, procedures or ways of working in order to be more efficient and cost effective
• Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation.

On successful completion of the course you will achieve the following qualifications:
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering
Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Technical Support
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 Technical Support and may look to progress into a higher level Engineering degree or a higher role within the workplace.

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