About the course
This apprenticeship is suitable for you if you want to start a career or develop your existing skills in mechanical engineering. As a mechanical engineering apprentice you will develop your engineering skills, knowledge and practical experience by working with machine tools, centre lathes and milling machines.
Suitable job roles
- Mechanical Engineer
- Quality Mechanical Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer Technician
- Production Engineer
What you will learn
You will develop hand fitting skills by producing a number of practical components, understand engineering materials and technical drawings and be able to communicate technical information effectively. As a mechanical engineer you would be involved in the creation and design of advances in mechanical equipment, machine components or even the tools used to create them. You will also be involved in the repair of products as well as ensuring a high level of quality assurance through inspection and testing.
As an apprentice you can expect to undertake work based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage. The apprenticeship will include an NVQ diploma, functional skills and knowledge based element or technical certificate.
No previous qualifications are required and a full assessment will take place to ensure you have the skills to complete the qualification. Those wishing to progress onto an advanced apprenticeship will require GCSEs A*-C/9-4 in English and maths (or equivalent) or demonstrate, through the assessment process, that you are able to achieve this.
Note - You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.
Dates, times & fees
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You will attend college one day a week to ensure you get the support you need to succeed. The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training by the employer and an assessor who will visit you on site.
Evidence of knowledge and competency can be obtained through: observations in the workplace, physical products of work, reports, plans, online assessments, correspondence, witness testimony, discussion and questioning.
Apprentices will also be assigned an Apprenticeship Co-ordinator, who will visit them every 12 weeks to ensure they are happy with their progress and on track to achieve.