You will gain a solid skills base in one of two branches of engineering - Mechanical or Fabrication and Welding. The course equips you with the abilities you need to make a valuable contribution at work and to take your career forward.
On both pathways, you will be required to complete mandatory units plus additional units and Functional Skills. You will also need to complete a Technical Certificate (Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology).
GCSE grades of 3 (D) or above are expected in Maths and English. You will also undertake a College interview and assessment.
On both pathways, apprentices must complete mandatory units at each level:
You will also complete the Technical Certificate (Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology) in Mech-Elec or Welding and will study Functional Skills in Maths and English.
You are required to complete a log sheet for practical work, which is assessed and compiled into a portfolio. The Technical Certificate will require a final online test and course assessments include both practical and written tests.
If you are over 19 years of age, employer contributions will be required towards your training. You will also need safety equipment such as overalls and boots.
You can progress to the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering, taking the Fabrication and Welding or Mechanical pathways.
Teenager Hitomi Ferguson is following in her father’s footsteps as she gains crucial engineering skills through Derby College.
The 18-year-old from Ilkeston is working on Derby College’s Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) NVQ Level 2 course at the Roundhouse – having previously completed a course in engineering and technology at the Ilkeston site.
She particularly loves the hands on work of welding, and In the long term hopes to gain an apprenticeship as the building block to her future career.
Hitomi was brought up in Sweden and only came to Derbyshire at GCSE age when her dad’s Rolls-Royce engineering job brought him to the UK.
The Roundhouse is brilliant – it has everything you need. In the long term I’m hoping to get onto an apprenticeship which hopefully could lead to the start of a good career.