Engineering, Level 3 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.

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Apprentices study related NVQs, Technical Certificates and Functional Skills. During the course you will develop your theoretical knowledge, as well as skills in the workplace.

The Apprenticeship will cover:
- Using and interpreting data
- Carrying out fault diagnosis
- Maintaining mechanical equipment
-  Using CAD and CNC

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 college based delivery and 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

Engineering maintenance technician’s service and repair electrical and mechanical equipment used in industry, for example in manufacturing, production and transport. If you have good practical skills, enjoy solving problems and want a career in engineering, this could be perfect for you. As an engineering maintenance fitter, you would install service and repair engineering machinery and equipment. You could work on mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems.

Completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship can lead on to Higher Education including a HNC.

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 (five GCSEs at A*-C 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.

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Next: Apply

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