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 – Engineering Maintenance route

Engineering & Electronics

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work at a skilled level within the Engineering sector. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace, away from your workstation and in the new state of the art facilities within the College. You will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance and Diploma in Engineering, both at Level 3. If you do not have maths, English or ICT qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices would gain a range of skills, such as, carrying out planned and emergency fault diagnosis and maintenance on mechanical equipment, restoring mechanical components to usable condition by repair, producing replacement components, assisting in the installation of mechanical equipment and carrying out quality inspections. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Advanced Apprenticeship Engineering Manufacture – Engineering Technical Support route

Engineering & Electronics

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work at a skilled level within the Engineering sector. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace, away from your workstation and in the new state of the art facilities within the College. You will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Technical Support and Diploma in Engineering, both at Level 3. If you do not have maths, English or ICT qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices would gain a range of skills, such as, providing support for all areas of the technical support function including communications software, test tools, performance, capacity planning, and e-commerce technology as required. Working as a team member to develop, design and implement technical support systems or to complete specialist functions. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship
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Advanced Apprenticeship Engineering Manufacture – Installation & Commissioning route

Engineering & Electronics

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work at a skilled level within the Engineering sector. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace, away from your workstation and in the new state of the art facilities within the College. You will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Extended Diploma in Installation and Commissioning and Diploma in Engineering, both at Level 3. If you do not have maths, English or ICT qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices would gain a range of skills, either in heavy plant equipment or in light equipment. It might include Installation and commissioning of engineering equipment and systems: electrical; electronic; mechanical; fluid power pneumatic for conveyors, manufacturing lines, lifts and escalators OR installation and commissioning of heavy engineering equipment such as turbine generators; gas compressors; process equipment; chemical reactors and pressure vessels. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship
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X
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Advanced Apprenticeship Engineering Manufacture – Mechanical Manufacturing route

Engineering & Electronics

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work at a skilled level within the Engineering sector. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace, away from your workstation and in the new state of the art facilities within the College. You will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (QCF) and Diploma in Engineering, both at Level 3. If you do not have maths, English or ICT qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices would gain a range of skills, such as, machining components by applying a variety of removal and shaping techniques such as boring; cutting; drilling; milling; grinding and lapping. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Improvement Techniques

Engineering & Electronics

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work in any industry at Level 3, improving the business and services offered. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace, away from the workstation and you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Diploma in Business Improvement Techniques and a Diploma in Business Improvement Techniques both at L3. If you do not have maths, English or ICT qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices will work towards waste elimination, reducing non-value added tasks, drive continuous improvement, solve problems & achieve permanent solutions, produce visual management systems to set out company quality, cost & delivery targets & progress. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship
Level:
X
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Advanced Apprenticeship Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment Route

Engineering & Electronics

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work in the Electrotechnical sector at an advanced level. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and have formal training in our new modern premises, you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take an NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment at L3. If you do not have maths, English or ICT qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. You would be responsible for completing the installation, inspection, testing and commissioning of electrical systems, devices, appliances and equipment in domestic, industrial, commercial, leisure and agricultural buildings, structures and environments. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Advanced Apprenticeship Plumbing and Heating – renewables route

Engineering & Electronics

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work in the Plumbing trade at an advanced level. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and have formal training in our state of the art workshops. You will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating at L3. You will need to have completed an apprenticeship in plumbing at Level 2. As a plumbing apprentice, you will complete, oversee and organise work to install, service, maintain and commission domestic plumbing and heating systems, components and gas-fired water and central heating appliances. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship
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Apprenticeship Improving Operational Performance – Business Improvement Techniques route

Engineering & Electronics

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work within the Engineering sector and are keen to improve processes and services. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace, away from your workstation and you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a L2 NVQ Diploma in Business Improvement Techniques and a Certificate in Applying Business Improvement Techniques, at Level 2. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 1 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices would be involved with continuous improvement of manufacturing processes leading to higher quality, reduced cost, and reduced lead times (delivery). If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship Improving Operational Performance

Engineering & Electronics

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work within the Engineering sector. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace, away from your workstation and you will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations and a Certificate in Engineering, at Level 2. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 1 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. Apprentices would gain a range of skills, such as, bending, punching, and notching, shearing and cropping sheet metal fabrications. You may operate CNC machinery. Other duties might be milling, turning or bench fitting, and could include wiring and testing of electrical circuits. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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Apprenticeship
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Apprenticeship Plumbing and Heating – Plumbing route

Engineering & Electronics

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal if you are working in, or want to work in the Plumbing trade. You will gain technical knowledge and real practical experience to start your career. You will learn in the workplace and have formal training in our state of the art workshops. You will have the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. You will take a NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating at L2. If you do not have maths or English qualifications at the necessary level, then you will need to achieve these at Level 2 and ICT at Level 1 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. As a plumbing apprentice, you will work under minimal supervision to complete the installation and maintenance of domestic hot water, cold water, sanitation, drainage, rainwater systems, central heating systems and components. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

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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.

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Course - Full Time
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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.

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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 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.

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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

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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.