What is the apprenticeship about?
As an engineering technician, you will work in a wide range of engineering and manufacturing companies. Machinists in the advanced manufacturing engineering sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex, and precision work, machining components from specialist materials using conventional and/or CNC machine tools such as centre lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, horizontal and cylindrical grinding machines, electro discharge machines, and single and multi- axis CNC machine tools centres. You will be expected to be able set up, operate, and adjust/edit equipment settings as applicable to the machine tool being used.
When using CNC equipment, you will be expected to be able to produce, prove and/or edit programmes. During and on completion of the machining operations, you will be expected to measure and check the components being produced and adjust the equipment/programme to ensure components meet the required specification.
Why should I choose this apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships equip you with relevant skills and allow you to gain great work experience whilst earning a wage. As an apprentice engineering technician, you will gain the key skills, knowledge, and behaviours required to undertake a technical support role. During your course you will attend focussed tutorial sessions at college as well as gaining valuable industry experience with your employer.
What will I learn?
During this course you will initially learn foundation skills and knowledge in a workshop environment, including preparing and using CNC machines, using lathes for turning operations, preparing and using milling machines, and conducting business improvement techniques.
You will then move on to the advanced stage where you will study a level 3 technical knowledge certificate including the following units: engineering maths, advanced milling techniques, advanced turning techniques, advanced CNC techniques, and properties and applications of engineering materials.
You will be assigned an apprentice coach who, alongside your employer, will guide you through the apprenticeship programme and assist you in studying a work-based learning qualification to develop your skills and knowledge in the workplace. The qualification can be tailored to suit apprentice and employer requirements.
Please see below the typical qualifications you will study:
- Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
- Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)
- Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Machining
- Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
On completion of the on-programme qualifications, you will undertake an end-point assessment (EPA) to test your skills, knowledge, and behaviours. Successfully completing the EPA will allow you to achieve the apprenticeship standard and have access to professional engineering recognition.
How is the apprenticeship delivered?
In the first year of your apprenticeship, you will typically study at college two days per week, while in your second and third years you will spend one day per week at college.
What will the apprenticeship lead on to?
Upon completion of this course, you could progress on to a level 4 engineering apprenticeship to further your skills and knowledge.
Are there any links with industry and university?
You will normally work around 30 hours per week, and no more than 40 hours (if you are under 18), which includes any training time at college (off the job) as well as on the job with your employer. Apprentices also have progression routes into university.
What support is available?
You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path.
We also have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support, and help when needed. For further information on student support please visit: https://www.wvr.ac.uk/college-life/student-support/
Why should I choose to study this apprenticeship with Warrington & Vale Royal College?
We are one of the top-performing further education colleges for apprenticeships. Over nine in ten of our apprentices continue in employment or receive a promotion once they have completed their apprenticeship. We also have a dedicated apprenticeship matching service which matches your skills to a suitable apprenticeship employer. The college is dedicated to supporting you on-programme and helping you progress on to the next step.
What are the entry requirements?
Entry requirements for this apprenticeship programme are GCSE grades 9-4, or level 2 functional skills qualifications in English and maths. We will consider those who need to resit either an English or maths qualification, however those that need to resit both will not meet the entry requirements for this apprenticeship programme.
If you are required to resit either English or maths, you will be invited to undertake an initial assessment. If deemed suitable, you must be willing to achieve your level 2 English/maths qualification before the end of the apprenticeship programme as part of your study.
Monday 23 May 2022
08:30 - 17:00
Warrington & Winsford campuses
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