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At Kendal College, we offer apprenticeship across a full spectrum of engineering activities, including, electrical, mechanical and maintenance, our range of programmes are suitable for those working at all levels from school leavers to time-served members of the workforce enhancing their skills or taking the next step in their careers.

Throughout their apprenticeships, learners receive training from former industry professionals from a number of engineering disciplines, both in the workplace and in our industry standard workshops, CAD facilities and classrooms.

A full list of our apprenticeship programmes can be found below:

Engineering Operative, Level 2

Course Overview

Engineering Operatives are predominantly involved in engineering operations which are critical to the success of the Manufacturing and Engineering sector allowing employers to grow their business while developing a workforce with the relevant skills and knowledge to enhance the sustain the sector.

The role covers a wide range of conventional and job-specific skills sets that can be transferred across the manufacturing engineering industry sectors during their careers. Dependent on the sector that they are employed in there may be subtle differences in terms of composition and application of the job role-specific skills and knowledge they will require, however, the core skills and knowledge will be the same regardless of the sector/area they work in.

Engineering Operatives will have clear reporting lines with anything outside their role and responsibility. They will work individually or as part of a team to carry out a range of engineering operations which could include ensuring machines and equipment used are maintained and serviceable, dealing with breakdowns, restoring components and systems to serviceable condition by repair and replacement; operating a variety of machines (CNC or Conventional); assembling and repairing machine and press tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other tools; fabrication/installation of a wide variety of other sheet fabrications and equipment and; fabrication and assembly of metal parts joining techniques; preparing materials and equipment for engineering processes, providing technical support including communications software, test tools, performance, capacity planning, and e-commerce technology as required.

Engineering Operatives must comply with statutory regulations and organisation safety requirements including any environmental compliance procedures and systems; Identify hazards and hazardous situations; Prepare the work area and equipment; Obtain and follow the appropriate job documentation and work instructions; Extract the necessary data and information from specifications and related documentation; Carryout the engineering activities in line with their job role; Carry quality checks as required; working with minimum supervision either individually or as part of a team and will be responsible for their own actions and for the quality and accuracy and timely delivery of the work they undertake.

Examples of the occupational roles from across the engineering and manufacturing sector that would be covered within this standard are: Servicing and maintenance operative; Machine setter/operative; Mechanical engineering operative; Fabricator; Engineering fitter; Multi-disciplined engineering operative; Materials, processing and finishing operative, Technical Support operative, founding/casting operative.

An Engineering Operative must have the core requirements below and demonstrate the specialist requirements in ONE job specific role.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships.

Topics Covered

You will study Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (competence) and Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Engineering Operations (knowledge) within the Engineering Operative Standard to develop a training plan to ensure that the apprentice receives the appropriate level of knowledge and skills to advance to and complete the Independent End-point Assessment.

Delivery

You will attend college one day per week and receive visits from the trainer throughout your employment. Additional time for Functional Skills study if required.

Assessment

Apprentice will study for the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour as detailed in the Apprenticeship Standard. Apprentices will have achieved a minimum Level 2 English and maths if not already achieved. Satisfactory completion of a formal training plan as agreed with the apprentice by the employer. Sufficient evidence in the form of a portfolio to allow the apprentice to consistently demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours as described in the standard.

The end-point assessment includes:

  • Practical skills Observation
  • Professional discussion
  • Reflective portfolio

Start Date: Throughout the year

Duration: 12 to 18 months

Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician, Level 3

Course Overview

Completing an apprenticeship in Engineering with Kendal College will give you the opportunity to train on the job, being taught by industry leading specialists, while becoming qualified and of course, earning a wage. Our industry standard workshops provide an environment to develop skills that are responsive to the sector and prepare you for a career in the vibrant engineering industry. You will maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment in one or more of the following Industries that are part of or have activities that are part of the broader national infrastructure Engineering Sector: the electricity generating environment, which may use a range of different fuels including coal, gas, nuclear, wind and other renewable sources; telecommunications power plants; oil and gas refining; nuclear waste reprocessing; processing and production of chemicals; pharmaceuticals; human and animal food; cosmetics; petrochemicals; sewerage and the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships.

Topics Covered

Apprentices will learn:

  • Operating and maintaining plant and equipment
  • Finding and fixing faults in plant and equipment
  • Assessing and testing plant and equipment
  • Environmental, health and safety law, regulations and standards
  • Engineering theory and principles relevant to their role
  • Interpreting technical specifications and documents
  • Specialist skills in electrics, mechanics, control and instrumentation, wind turbines, or plant operations

As an Electrical/Mechanical Technician Apprentice, you will work on various types of plant and equipment commonly found throughout the Engineering Industry sectors, you can expect to migrate through these sectors during the course of your careers. Dependent upon the sector that you are employed in there may be subtle differences in terms of the composition and application of the plant and equipment. However, the fundamental principles of operation will be the same regardless of the engineering sector.

To support the business and operational requirements of modern integrated engineered production plant and services, you will need to apply a range of conventional skills and knowledge to undertake engineering activities on a selection of electromechanical and process control plant, systems and equipment.

You will be expected to undertake installation, testing, servicing, removal, replacement, maintenance and repair of a range of equipment, sometimes complex, as part of planned preventative and reactive maintenance programmes. They may also undertake decommissioning activities when a plant is being removed from service.

Delivery

You will attend college one day per week and receive visits from the trainer throughout your employment. Additional time for Functional Skills study if required.

Assessment

Apprentice will study for the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour as detailed in the Apprenticeship Standard. Apprentices will have achieved a minimum Level 2 English and maths if not already achieved. Satisfactory completion of a formal training plan as agreed with the apprentice by the employer. Sufficient evidence in the form of a portfolio to allow the apprentice to consistently demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours as described in the standard.

The end-point assessment includes:

  • Knowledge assessment
  • A final observation of practical work
  • A technical interview, based upon an evidence portfolio which will include all evidence of practical observations, progress reviews and work activities

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

Start Date: September

Duration: 36 to 42 months

Engineering Manufacturing Technician, Level 4

Course Overview

This Apprenticeship is suitable for Employees in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors, such as Automotive, Aerospace/Airworthiness, Chemical Processing, Land Systems, Marine, Maritime Defence, Materials Manufacturers and their respective supply chains. Apprentices will develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new/existing products, processes, or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Entry Requirements

This Higher Apprenticeship is aimed at those with A-levels or those who have already completed a 3 Engineering programme.

Topics Covered

Health and Safety requirements, risk assessments, compliance with company procedures, internal and/or Supplier Quality Notifications, programme initiatives, product introduction and/or existing product modifications, financial planning or costing analysis, reports measuring Key Performance Indicators for data management activities, project management tools. The HNC in Engineering is a mandatory element of this apprenticeship programme.

Delivery

1 day per week in college.

Assessment

  • Assignment based
  • Observation with questioning
  • Professional discussion supported by portfolio of evidence

Performance in the End Point Assessment will determine the overall apprenticeship standard grade

Duration: 30 months