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Mechanical Manufacture Apprenticeship (Level 2)

Mechanical engineers are very technically minded, great problem solvers and are responsible for developing and designing machinery and components that are used in many aspects of our lives. The UK is the 7th largest manufacturing nation in the world so job prospects within this industry are very positive.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.

Apprentices will gain a good technical knowledge base of the sector as a whole and, combined with real, practical, work experience, will gain competency in the workplace and the development of transferable skills.

How much will I earn?

With an apprenticeship you will earn while you learn. You are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. As of 1st October 2016, this is £3.40 an hour for 16 to 18 year olds. This is also the same for apprentices over the age of 19 but in their first year of their apprenticeship.

Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those who are currently working within this sector or are looking to gain employment within this sector as a Mechanical or Maintenance Engineer.

What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?

Although apprenticeships will vary depending on your entry level and your employer, you will gain a range of skills from the varying tasks you complete, these could include:

  • Machining components using a variety of machines and techniques
  • Work from engineering drawings to make components
  • Operate CNC machines for production
  • Ensuring the work place is safe and tidy

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 NVQ Performing engineering Operations
  • Award Industrial Environment Awareness
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Level 1 Functional Skills Maths
  • Level 1 Functional Skills English

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Technical knowledge
  • Good team working skills
  • Good IT abilities
  • The ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This is dependent on your employer and on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for.

You will normally need at least grade C or above in your English and maths GCSEs. If you don't have these, don't worry. You can work towards your functional skills in English and maths alongside your apprenticeship training at St Helens College.

How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years. The average duration of this apprenticeship is 24 months. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial assessments are completed.

How will I be assessed?

As an apprentice, you will be assigned an assessor, who will visit you in the workplace to observe the tasks you complete. You will also complete a number of relevant work-related modules at the College. All of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.

How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship has been developed in response to the increasing demand for highly skilled employees in a wide range of organisations and to up skill the existing workforce to meet their skills priorities.

What can I progress onto once I have completed my apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you could progress onto the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.

Ref: Adam Garner

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Why study Engineering with us?

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Excellent facilities and workshops at a purpose built technology centre, which reflect real, working environment.

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You will be taught by highly qualified staff with industry experience.

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We have a range of courses in a variety of engineering disciplines at all levels.

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We have links with international companies and organisations.

Employment opportunities

Engineering and technology are areas that continue to be in demand.

Employability

With the skills and experience gained from our courses and the support from tutors, many of students have successfully secured a variety of engineering positions.