What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
The course is designed to give apprentices practical experience in a wide range of mechanical engineering processes while working within the engineering field. This can include a wide range of disciplines, such as engineering maintenance, mechanical manufacturing, fabrication and welding and employment in technical support (i.e. quality control and technical drawing).
The course normally lasts two years, training for one day a week in college with the remaining time spent out in the workplace.
What topics will I study?
Your time in college will be spent gaining practical experience in mechanical engineering such as drawing, hand fitting techniques, use of lathes and milling machines and various welding techniques. You will also learn the theory behind those techniques and gain the skills to translate engineering terms onto paper. You will also spend time learning how to work safely and efficiently in an engineering environment and update your numeracy, literacy and IT skills.
In addition to your day in college, you will be learning a range of practical skills from your employer, employers’ responsibilities and rights, working with others and improving your own learning and performance.
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 GCSE grade 3 or above in English and maths and in some cases ICT. However, 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 should have a strong interest in engineering as a career.
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?
On successful completion, you can either continue in employment using your new skills, or progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering (you will need GCSEs at grade C) where you can specialise in one of the following; Engineering Maintenance, Mechanical Manufacturing, Fabrication and Welding or Technical Support.
Are there any additional costs?
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.
Click here to view the Apprenticeship Journey booklet.