Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inEngineering Technical Support

Candidates work in engineering, using computer aided design (CAD) systems to draw overall designs or detailed technical drawings. They normally work in a team with other draughtspersons and engineering designers with each of them working on part of the project.

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Key Facts

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College Code: C-AP3EMO8

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

This Apprenticeship programme is designed for entrants to a role in the Engineering sector and to provide progression and re-skilling routes for existing staff.

Those who are 16-24 years who have achieved Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Technical Support, who must be able to demonstrate a practical ability comparable to 3 relevant practical PEO units at Level 2, along with relevant health and safety training.

Course Content

Year 1 Performing Engineering Operations

  • Working safely in an engineering environment
  • Carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively
  • Using and communication technical information
  • Producing components using hand fitting techniques
  • Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
  • Producing sheet metal components and assemblies

Year 2 BTEC Level 3 Diploma Engineering Day Release 9am to 5pm

NVQ Options

Partway through year 2 units be agreed between the assessor and employer for the NVQ level 3 in the pathway below.

Typical options in the NVQ include Engineering drawings, Quality Control and CAD.

Assessment Methods

Through a combination of work based assessments and external exams that enable the apprentice to complement the skills that are learnt, developed and used within the workplace with the knowledge gained by day release at college (or day release in company). Reviews carried out every 8-10 weeks between the employer, apprentice and the college. This is to monitor all aspects of the apprenticeship provision.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s grade C including English, Maths and a Science at grade C with an Initial English and Maths BKSB at L2. Any exceptions to be agreed by Curriculum Apprenticeship Manager at Loughborough College.

English & Maths

Prior to completing the Apprenticeship, Apprentice must achieve Level 1 Maths & English and be working towards and attempt Level 2 Maths & English (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

If Maths & English Functional Skills are required, these are typically taught in college in specialist functional skill classes.

Progression Opportunities

Apprentices will have the opportunity to progress to a HNC, HNC and /or a foundation degree in Engineering.

Delivery Model

Programme is delivered through a combination College based training and assessment via day release, alongside work based training and assessments that enable the apprentice to complement the skills that are learnt, developed and used within the workplace with the knowledge gained at college. Average duration is 36 months.

Day release 9am to 5pm including Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT Functional Skills where required.

Payment Breakdown

Levy (via Digital Apprenticeship Service DAS) Non-Levy (direct debit arrangement)
Total cost to employer £12000 £12000
Monthly cost £1000 £1000
End Point Assessment N/A N/A
Payment Terms 12 Months 12 Months

If an employer has less than 50 employees with the apprentice aged 16-18 at the start of training it is fully funded (no cost to the employer).

*All details correct at time of print. Additional costs may apply

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