Engineering, Level 2 Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships allow you to gain qualifications whilst working - you will normally study one day per week in college and spend the rest of the week at work, usually at least 30 hours per week. They are available at two levels, the Intermediate and the Advanced Apprenticeship. Engineers design and build the things that make our world go round. Everything, from aeroplanes to     buildings, comes back to engineering. This hugely diverse field can be divided into seven sub-categories: aerospace, automotive, metals, electrical equipment, electronics, marine maintenance, and mechanical engineering.

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

On the level 2 Performing Engineering Operations Apprenticeship you will study related NVQs, Technical Certificates and Functional Skills. During the course you will develop your theoretical knowledge, as well as skills in the workplace. This Apprenticeship covers a range of job roles in these sub-sectors. Most duties will involve the maintenance of equipment and machinery.

You will take part in work shop activities in engineering manufacturing, make components using hand tools and fitting techniques.

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

Part of your apprenticeship is delivered in the workplace. You are assessed through a variety of practical methods, presentations and group work. You will use this to build a portfolio of evidence throughout your apprenticeship. The technical certificates is achieved through an externally devised and assessed unit and/or external moderation of assessment decisions.

As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the assessor where progress is discussed by the apprentice, assessor and employer.

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

The Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 pathway gives apprentices working in engineering a basic all-round grounding in engineering operations and techniques. The competence element is designed to be tailored to operations in any given specific engineering sub-sector. On completion of the apprenticeship; typical job roles would include metal working operatives, plant and machine operatives, quality control, routine inspection and testing, production of parts using computer controlled equipment and basic maintenance activity.

Completion of the Apprenticeship can lead to the Advanced Apprenticeship. The Advanced Apprenticeship can lead on to Higher Education.

Recognition of your qualifications by employers can lead to rapid career development in the workplace.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Direct entrants must have the relevant GCSE profile (four GCSEs at A*-D including English and Maths and a science subject) or equivalent or trade experience.

For safety of self and colleagues, some applicants they may be subject to a medical examination and be required to undertake a drugs screening test. The nature of some sites (e.g. nuclear) may also require the apprentice to undergo a security check prior to being allowed entry.

Applicants should also be aware that the specific nature of engineering construction work may involve varied working conditions including:
- Working outdoors and in adverse weather conditions, e.g. temperature variations
- Shiftwork (may include nights and weekends)
- Working at height (particularly Steel Erecting Apprenticeships, which require working at significant height)
- Working in confined spaces
- Working within highly regulated and controlled areas
- Working within high hazard environments
- Wearing specialist safety equipment
- Working away from home
- Good colour vision to recognise colour coded wires and components may be required.

You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in the professional area that your Apprenticeship is in. Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next…

- Apply for this apprenticeship.  We can then support you to find employment and prepare your job application.

- Register your details with the National Apprenticeship Matching Service (NAS) and search online for vacancies at

- Check the College’s website page regularly (sometimes employers only want to recruit locally and so they advertise on our website and not the NAS website):

- Make sure your CV is up to date and is relevant to the job industry you are applying to.

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Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on for details. More about Student Finance.

Next: Apply

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