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Level: 3

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You can specialise in either Mechanical Engineering or Fabrication and Welding on this apprenticeship. It combines employment with training: you will gain practical skills and business improvement techniques in the workplace, supported by study at the College.  

Entry requirements

For a Level 3 qualification, you will need to have completed the Level 2 NVQ and Technical Certificate programme. You will require an interview before enrolment on this course. In addition to having Level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications, you will need to be well motivated and self-disciplined. 

Course Content

The programme consists of an NVQ Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering or Fabrication and Welding in the workplace, plus a Technical Certificate at College. You will also need to complete Functional Skills in ICT. 
The course content will be determined by the specific NVQ and Technical Certificate you are taking. 

How will I be assessed?

Internal assessments take the form of practical and knowledge exercises and there is one external multi-choice exam for the Technical Certificate. The NVQ3 is assessed at the workplace, with no formal exam but underpinning questions.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

If you are over 19 years of age, employer contributions towards your training will be required. You will also need safety equipment – overalls and boots – in line with College requirements. 

What can I do after this course?

Further Study
The progression route is through a HNC or a Foundation Degree in your chosen area. We offer a route through a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma which provides you with the necessary level of maths and science for academic progression. 
 
Careers 
With this qualification, you can take on more responsibility and potentially move into supervisory positions at work, whether you are specialising in a mechanical, manufacturing or fabrication and welding role. 

 

This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

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Grace Draper

Grace Draper

Best of both worlds on a Rolls-Royce apprenticeship

At the age of 16, Grace Draper decided to apply for an apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce rather than go on to do A-levels. She’s not looked back since.

She has excelled while gaining on-the-job experience with the company and during her training at Derby College, where she has achieved Distinction standards. Now she is set to take her qualifications further with a foundation degree at the College, sponsored by Rolls-Royce.

Such has been Grace’s success that she was highly commended in the Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship category of our 2014 Peak Awards. Judges described her as a ‘model learner’ and praised her collaborative work on projects, where she demonstrated the team skills and personal attributes which are vital in today’s engineering industry.

An apprenticeship at Rolls- Royce is the best of both worlds. We get to work in all sorts of areas of the company, earning while we’re learning. Having completed my first two years of the apprenticeship, I’m looking forward to starting the foundation degree.
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