The Sector

Engineering and manufacturing represents a large sector with operations occurring across a range of subsectors including aerospace, chemicals, construction, automotive, marine, nuclear, metals, minerals and materials. The UK chemicals sector alone has over 110,000 employees working to produce household products and medicines, whereas the automotive sector requires engineering and welding skilled workers to generate £59.3 billion for the UK economy each year. The UK is the European leader in aerospace technologies and engineering and has an estimated 3,000 companies working in the sector.

 

The Careers

Engineers are in demand in the UK and can command high salaries – with two million engineering and welding-related vacancies predicted over the next few years. There is also a recognised national skills shortage in welding. Opportunities can be found with companies on a regional, national or even global level. Local opportunities with the likes of JCB and KMF provide great career prospects.





Advanced Apprenticeship Engineering Manufacture – Installation & Commissioning route

Engineering & Electronics

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering is designed for people who have the ability to achieve an advanced level of skills in the field of engineering. You will study a work based NVQ Level 3 in Installation & Commissioning, plus a Level 3 Technical Certificate, usually City & Guilds 2850 Electrical or Mechanical Maintenance. There are 3 mandatory units plus further optional units for Electrical or Mechanical Maintenance such as principles of electrical & electronic engineering, electrical maintenance, maths and science, machine systems, pneumatics, hydraulics, principles – installation & commission. Alternatively you could complete a Btec Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, which includes optional units such as Fluid Mechanics, CAD, PLC’s, Further Maths and Electronics.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
3
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Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Improvement Techniques

Engineering & Electronics

This qualification is available at Level 3 and would be for someone contributing to quality and process improvements in the workplace including people who, through Continuous Professional Development, are being prepared to take on staff responsibilities in a business improvement environment. This qualification encourages the development of practices that can maximise profit by eliminating waste, improving workflow and reducing cost and variation. This Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
3
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Apprenticeship Improving Operational Performance – Business Improvement Techniques route

Engineering & Electronics

This qualification is available at Level 2 and has been designed for those learners who are expected to be making a contribution to the identification and implementation of lean business improvements such as employees involved in lean business improvement within a team. There is a training element to this and this will be undertaken through planned sessions in the workplace.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
2
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Apprenticeship Improving Operational Performance – PMO route

Engineering & Electronics

This qualification is available at Level 2 and would be for someone involved in a manufacturing process across a number of sectors. Learners may typically be responsible for the day-to-day running of equipment and for the quality of work. They are also capable of monitoring and controlling equipment and quality, and can also exercise some judgement and decision making about the manufacturing process. This Apprenticeship is available throughout the year.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
2
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Engineering Level 2 Pre- Apprenticeship Programme (Fabrication and Welding) Study Programme

Engineering & Electronics

The Level 2 Pre-Apprenticeship/Study Programme in Engineering will develop the knowledge and skills you need to progress towards an Engineering Apprenticeship and a career in engineering. You will cover essential subjects such as principles of engineering or welding. On completion of this study programme you will be awarded with an NVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations in Fabrication and Welding or Engineering Manufacturing as well as Maths or English functional skills or GCSE’s.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Engineering Level 3 Pre-Apprenticeship Programme (Engineering Machining)

Engineering & Electronics

The Level 3 Pre-Apprenticeship in Engineering/Study Programme will develop the knowledge and skills you need to progress towards an Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship and a career in engineering. You will cover essential subjects such as principles of engineering and welding and engineering technology at a higher level. This course is aimed at students who intend to follow Apprenticeship programmes and wish for career progression within the Engineering industry and to develop the skills learnt from other or previous level 2 qualifications. On completion of the Pre-Apprenticeship Programme you will be awarded an Engineering Level 3 Diploma (Engineering Manufacturing or Fabrication and Welding pathway). This course also provides some evidence towards an NVQ Level 3 in Manufacturing Engineering or Fabrication and Welding which gives you an advantage when applying for Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Engineering BTEC Level 3 Diploma (Edexcel)

Engineering & Electronics

The 120-credit BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering extends the specialist work-related focus and covers the key knowledge and skills required in engineering. These students may wish to progress to the Extended Diploma.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
3
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Welding and Fabrication Level 2 / 3 Award (ABC)

Engineering & Electronics

The evening course is for anyone who wants to gain an ABC welding Award, its ideal if you are looking to update your welding skills to level 2 and then progressing on to level 3 Award. To achieve Level 2 Award in Fabrication and Welding Practice, you must achieve a minimum of 10 credits, 3 credits must come from the Mandatory Units Health and Safety in Fab and Weld and a further 7 credits from the welding Pathway must be achieved. MIG, TIG, MMA or Oxy Fuel.

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
2
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Welding – MIG Welding Level 1 Award

Engineering & Electronics

This qualifications is for those who are new to welding, or would like some experience of the job before starting their career learners looking to progress to higher qualifications and achieve professional recognition from The Welding Institute, employees working in another aspect of welding engineering who require some practical training. This is an introduction to welding skills starting with Manual metal arc or MIG welding

Type:
Course - Part Time
Level:
1
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General Engineering HNC – Awarded by Pearson

Engineering & Electronics

This course has been developed with career progression and recognition by professional bodies in mind. It provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the engineering sector and also offers particular specialist emphasis through the choice of specialist units.

Type:
HE
Level:
4
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Facilities for you:

  • £10.5m new Technology Hub
  • State-of-the-art hydraulic, pneumatic and laser cutting machines
  • Lathes, milling machines, pillar drills and CNC machines
  • Welding and fabrication equipment including virtual welding kit
  • Excellent links with employers

Popular careers in this sector:

  • Avionics Instrument Calibration Technician
  • CAD Operator or Cutter
  • Electronic Technician
  • Engineering Fitter Technician
  • MIG Welder
  • Line Maintenance Fitter
  • Maintenance Welder

Sam Tennant – Engineering

I’m learning all the skills for my future.  It’s all hands-on which is exactly what I wanted.  I get to carry out engineering jobs for other workshops and maintenance jobs.