Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship
Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
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Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Level 3 Technology Centre up to 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering is an in-depth, practical approach to engineering and provides a solid platform to becoming a qualified engineer. As an Apprentice you will hold a full time job and attend college one day a week throughout the programme. You will work towards a framework of qualifications which make up the Advanced Apprenticeship.

Part of the Apprenticeship framework is the NVQ qualification. The NVQ shows your competence, knowledge, and understanding of business tasks and procedures, and proves you are able to carry out your job to the NVQ standards.

When on your college day-release, you will be taught by your Tutor or Training Officer. You will spend the remainder of the week in the workplace where you will put your new skills into practice. Whilst at work, your Training Officer will visit you and carry out assessments in a variety of styles: observing you; completing knowledge questions; setting practical tasks. They will also help you build your portfolio of evidence for your NVQ.

What topics will I study?

You will cover one of the following Technical Certificates: National Certificate (NC), City & Guilds or Advanced Diploma.

NVQ Units:

  • Mechanical manufacturing engineering - actual engineering production
  • Engineering maintenance - repair and servicing of engineering machinery
  • Technical support - office based engineering support; draftsman, quality control, supervisory roles
  • Fabrication and welding engineering

You will also complete the Employment Rights and Responsibilities workbook to ensure you are aware of your legal status.

What experiences will I get?

You will use industry-leading CNC equipment.

What are the entry requirements?

Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need the equivalent of GCSE grade 5 in maths, GCSE English at grade 4 and a GCSE at grade C or above in science and ICT. You could also have a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering with a merit profile. We will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.

You will need to complete the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) before progressing to the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3). You should have a strong interest in engineering.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in Victoria House.

Click here to find out about travel options to the Technology Centre.

What can the course lead on to?

This course will launch you directly into the workplace and provides an excellent way to build your career and progress to further training and education.

Are there any additional costs?

All students need to have overalls, safety boots, drawing equipment and a scientific calculator.

What support can I get?

You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.

What will this training cost me?

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your Apprenticeship Training Programme, there is no charge to you or your employer as the college will claim the funding for the cost of your programme directly from the Government.

If you are aged 19 or over and studying a Level 2 or Level 3 Apprenticeship, your employer will have to be willing to contribute as the Government will only fund part of the costs of your training - this is currently between £80 - £110 depending on the type of Apprenticeship you wish to complete.

What do our students think?

I work with Alcoa Howmet Ltd as part of the Plant Engineering Department where my knowledge is being put to good use on a daily basis. With the support of my employer and the college I now have a real future in engineering ahead of me. It goes to show how the training plus the job have really helped me succeed. I have progressed from the Apprenticeship to the Advanced Apprenticeship and am continuing with my studies on the Foundation Degree. All this was made possible through a combination of a supportive employer, my training at Exeter College along with all the hard work and commitment that I have put in."

Sam

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