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.
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 dealing with the manufacture and maintenance of tools, jigs, dies, fixtures and moulds used in manufacturing, as well as manufacturing prototype components for new product development. A tool maker will use a wide variety of machining, welding and hand finishing techniques in order to produce and maintain high quality tools for use in a variety of environments.
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:
• Engineering Maths
• Mechanical principles
• Engineering materials
• Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacturing
• Engineering drawing
• Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
On successful completion of the course you will achieve the following qualifications:
Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Toolmaking
Functional Skills Maths Level 2
Functional Skills English Level 2
Functional Skills ICT Level 2
Award in Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
Award in Employer Rights and Responsibilities
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
• 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 Toolmaking and may look to progress into a higher level Engineering degree or a higher role within the workplace.
Success Rates on courses for 16-18 year-olds nearly 7% better than national average*