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If you're keen to earn while you learn an apprenticeship is for you. The apprenticeship in Engineering is designed to meet the skills needs of employers. Apprenticeships are offered at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher level. Each level is designed to enable you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and interpersonal skills. You'll learn these through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work situation. As an apprentice at Harlow College you could be earning £12,156 to £18,000 a year.

Am I ready to start?

If you have good hand skills, have an interest in how things work and like solving problems then this could be the career for you.

Entry criteria varies depending on the framework you are studying and the needs of the employer, but a good level of secondary education is expected and many employers expect you to have maths and English GCSE at a C grade or above.

Employers also look for skills like motivation, good interpersonal skills, good communication skills, teamwork and a willingness to learn and will set their own specifications depending on the role. It may be you don't feel you are ready for an apprenticeship and might benefit from a Traineeship first.

What does the course involve?

L2 Apprentices achieve a L2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) qualification. Topics that are covered as part of the PEO include:

  • Working Safely in an Engineering Environment
  • Carrying out Engineering Activities Efficiently and Effectively.
  • Using and Communicating Technical Information.
  • Preparing and Using Lathes for Turning Operations.
  • Preparing and Using Milling Machines.
  • Producing Mechanical Engineering Drawings Using a CAD System
  • Producing Components using Hand Fitting Techniques

Intermediate apprentices typically work in roles such as operators/semi-skilled roles in metal working machines and assemblers.

L3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture (Craft and Technician)
Apprentices achieve the following NVQ's depending on their job role:

  • L3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering qualification.
  • L3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance qualification.
  • L3 Extended Diploma in Fabrication and Welding qualification.
  • L3 Extended Diploma in Materials Processing and Finishing qualification.
  • L3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technical Support qualification.
  • L3 Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering qualification.

In addition to this apprentices will be required to complete the BTEC L3 National Diploma in Engineering which forms the knowledge element of the framework.
Advanced apprentices typically work in roles in the craft category including metal working, production and maintenance fitters, welding trades and metal machining setters and setter-operators. Technicians include draught persons, laboratory technicians, inspection technicians and electrical / electronic technicians.

L4 Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture (Craft and Technician)
Apprentices achieve either of the following NVQ's:

  • Diploma in Engineering Manufacture.
  • Extended Diploma in Engineering Manufacture.
  • In addition to this apprentices will be required to complete the Engineering Foundation
  • Degree (FdSc) from Anglia Ruskin University.

Higher apprentices build upon their craft based expertise by taking on a technical leadership role by organising work and the identification and prevention of problems.

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

Demand for skilled Engineers is high. Successful completion of this apprenticeship could lead to a range of careers including:

Operations Management £50,602
Aviation £44,717
Military/Defence £44,474
Electronic £39,453
Micro Electronics £38,946
Design £38,583
Aeronautical/Aerospace £37,914
Mechanical £35,486
Manufacturing £34,156
Maintenance £33,316
CNC Programming £28,390

The average salary for a qualified Engineer is £35,879

You could even progress into further training as an Advanced or Higher Apprentice or find work in alternative engineering sectors such as Marine Engineering

Great, so what do I do now?

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