Engineering Operatives are predominantly involved in engineering operations which are key to the success of the Manufacturing and Engineering sector allowing employers to grow their business while developing a work force with the relevant skills and knowledge to enhance the sustain the sector.
The role covers a wide range of common and job specific skills sets that can be transferred across the manufacturing engineering industry sectors during the course of 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.
Apprenticeships allow you to learn the right skills, gain great work experience and earn a wage. As an apprentice engineering operative you will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to undertake an engineering operative role by attending tutored sessions at Warrington and Vale Royal College and gaining valuable industrial experience with your employer.
During this course you will initially learn foundation skills and knowledge in a workshop environment including electrical, mechanical, using lathes for turning operations, preparing and using milling machines and conducting business improvement techniques.
Also you will study a level 2 technical knowledge certificate including units:- engineering environment awareness, fitting and assembly techniques & further engineering disciplines dependant specialist job role.
You will be assigned an Apprentice Coach who will guide you through the apprenticeship programme and assist you with developing your skills and knowledge in your specialist job role in the workplace alongside your employer.
To achieve this apprenticeship standard learners must go through an end point assessment on completion of the on programme qualifications, Mandatory Qualifications - Completion of Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Competence) & Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Operations (Knowledge).
Each assessment method will directly assess the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of the Standard. The end point assessment elements are:
Portfolio - a portfolio of evidence comprising of naturally occurring evidence during the on-programme period from the workplace, backed up by relevant company processes and procedures.
Practical Skills Observation - To assess the apprentices application of skills Professional Discussion - To holistically assess Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours across the standard which will be informed by the reflective portfolio.
This course is through part-time study typically in year 1 one day release and years 2 one day release.
You will normally work around 30 hours per week, and no more than 40 hours (if you are under 18), which includes any training time at college (off the job) as well as on the job with your employer.
On completion of this course you could progress on to level 3 engineering apprenticeships.
You will be allocated a Progress Coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and onto your chosen career or progression path.
We also have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed.
We are one of the top performing further education college for apprenticeships. More than 9 out of 10 of our apprentices continue in employment or receive a promotion once they have finished their apprenticeship. We also have a dedicated matching service where we match your skills to a suitable employer, and our experienced team will work with you to guide you through your apprenticeship.
Entry requirements to this apprenticeship programme are GCSE grade 3 or above in Mathematics and English or L1 functional skills in Mathematics and English.