Mechanical Manufacturing Advanced Apprenticeship

Duration: 39 months

This framework has kept pace with technological change within the mechanical engineering sub-sector and remains highly relevant to skills training needs. It is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and competence required to operate at craft or technician level as appropriate within your employment sector.

Advanced Apprentices will work in roles such as;

■ Skilled Machinist

■ Toolmaker

■ Metal Forger

■ Skilled Fitter

■ Composite Technician

■ Pipe Fitter and Assembler

What does the course cover?

■ NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering

■ NVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations

■ Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology or equivalent

■ Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths, English and ICT

■ Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

■ Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Examples of optional units include;

Producing mechanical engineering drawings usingg a CAD system, Producing mechanical assemblies, Preparing and using CNC millings machines, Preparing and using CNC fabrication machinery and Setting Milling Machines for Production.

Course Dates

2014: Flexible.

Course Fees

16-18 year olds – Fully funded

19-23 year olds – 50% employer contribution.

The NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations is completed during the first year of the programme. Apprentices learn basic engineering skills leading to an NVQ Level 2 qualification. The PEO qualification can be completed at West Anglia Training Association or at a local College on a full time or day release basis (subject to employer requirements). Typical Colleges used by WATA include; Bedford College, Cambridge Regional College, Peterborough Regional College and West Suffolk College.

Mandatory Units are; Working safely in an engineering environment, Carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively and Using and communicating technical information.

The Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology (Technical Certificate) or equivalent is completed at WATA or a local College and follows on from the Performing Engineering Operations qualification and will take approximately 2 years to complete.

A full Framework Certificate is issued at the end of the programme showing that all modules of the Advanced Apprenticeship have been achieved