Apprenticeships are a popular choice for people aged 16 or above, looking for on the job training and the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst earning a wage.
An apprenticeship in engineering will develop your employability skills and give you valuable experience of working in a engineering environment.
You will need to be working in an engineering environment working a minimum of 30 hours per week, and have a contract of employment.
Apprenticeship vacancies can be found at www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk
You will be working in milling, turning, welding and/or fabrication (including CNC), and have access to removing, repairing, replacing and testing components in an engineering environment. This will give you the training for working on the job in a mechanical workshop.
To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:
NVQs are available in Mechanical Manufacturing, Fabrication and Welding, plus some other specialist subject areas. Mandatory units include:
Optional units within the NVQs cover a range of areas, including:
You will need to demonstrate an interest in working in the engineering sector.
A minimum prior achievement of level 2 is required. Many candidates will have completed a Level 2 apprenticeship in Engineering, or a level 2 or Level 3 full time course in engineering. Otherwise candidates will need to have achieved or be expected to achieve minimum grade B in Maths, minimum grade C in English and one science, plus two further GCSEs at minimum grade C. However you will be given an initial assessment in Maths and English and an interview to determine suitability for the level 3 course.
All applicants applying for an apprenticeship will be required to attend an interview and undertake initial assessments
You will come to college for one day per week over two academic years, to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (unless already achieved).
You will be compile a portfolio of evidence within the workplace, which will be reviewed and assessed by an assessor through regular workplace visits, in order to achieve the NVQ in Engineering.
If you have not achieved GCSE Grade C or above in ICT (or Grade 4 and above in the new grading scheme) you will be required to achieve Level 2 functional skills.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship a variety of options are available. Prior apprentices have continued to work as experienced machinists or welders, or progressed their careers to become CNC programmers, designers, quality control or measurement inspectors, team leaders or into other specialist roles.
You may be eligible to progress onto the Level 4 Foundation Degree course in Engineering to further enhance your skills and knowledge in this sector.
Typical salary on completion of an engineering apprenticeship is £15,000 to £25,000