- Sector: Apprenticeships | Engineering & Manufacturing | Engineering & Manufacturing | HAMEC
- Level: Advanced
- Start Date: Variable
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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 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 pathway 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.
L4 Higher Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Engineering
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 an HNC (Higher National Certificate) in Engineering
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.
How does an Apprenticeship Work?
An apprenticeship programme is delivered via a mixture of on and off the job training, whereby you can apply your skills in real work contexts.
The apprenticeship programme usually consists of the following elements:
This is the technical certificate and covers the theory side of your work which is delivered when you attend College, so that you can put these newly acquired skills into practice at work.
This is the practical side of the programme and is assessed directly within the workplace by a Harlow College Assessor to ensure that you are developing your skills within the workplace and putting all that you learn at College into practice
Functional skills: This area covers English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Mathematics
These are the skills that help you develop your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and your rights as an employee within the workplace (ERR).
The duration of the course is 2 years at Level 2 (Intermediate) and a further 2 years at Level 3 (Advanced). You will attend College for 1 day a week and you be in the workplace for the remaining 4 days.
What does the course involve?
Harlow College offers 2 different routes through the Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard. This could be either machinist or mechatronics, depending on your job role.
The qualifications you will achieve will be:
- Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
- Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge) – Machining Route Only
After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:
- Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Machining/Mechatronics
- Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Machining/Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
Plus functional skills at Level 2 Maths and Level 2 English if you do not hold a C/4 or above grade in GCSE
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
CNC Programming £28,390
The average salary for a qualified Engineer is £35,879
You could even progress into further training as a Higher Apprentice or find work in alternative engineering sectors such as Marine Engineering.
Got a job?
You must have a job to do an apprenticeship. If you already have a job you may be able to do an apprenticeship with your current employer.
If you don’t have a job for your apprenticeship – apply for your place at College by clicking the 'Apply Now' button at the top and bottom of the page.
Once you have applied please check out our apprenticeship job vacancies.
An apprenticeship comprises two parts:
- Typically 20% study element (at Harlow College or Stansted Airport College).
- 80% work based element with an employer. It is your responsibility to find an employer.