The Performing Engineering Operations NVQ 2 in Manufacturing programme involves a number of mandatory units plus additional units and endorsements in computer aided engineering.
Offers of a place on the course are dependent on qualifications (D or above at GCSE level) and practical aptitude following a successful interview and initial assessment. Parents, guardians or carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.
Additional Mechanical Units Route:
You will also develop your skills in Maths and English which will support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.
Internal and external assessments will take place. In addition, a portfolio of evidence is collected to demonstrate your competence and knowledge.
You need overalls and boots for workshop activity. Learners may be expected to purchase Academy uniforms (supplied internally).
You can progress to the NVQ Level 3 in your chosen discipline, to an apprenticeship or to other appropriate educational courses such as BTEC (dependent on entry requirements).
Student welder Rosie Dales is forging ahead in the male-dominated world of fabrication thanks to Derby College. Rosie, 24, is set to take a Level 3 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding. She is also adding skills to a previous Level 2 qualification which she did not gain through an earlier provider. Rosie, who was born deaf and is a skilled lipreader, uses a hearing aid to boost what sound she can hear. She praised the teaching focus of her Derby College tutor and said her fellow students were "deaf aware", which was helpful. After working unpaid for two weeks, Rosie landed an apprenticeship with her grandfather's firm, Dales Fabrications, in Ilkeston. She found that she loved the work and the company is now funding her college training.
Rosie said: "I'm really enjoying the college work. The tutor is focussed on the students and I'm making good progress.
"I think it's going well. I'm taking small steps at a time. After I qualify I might go on to a higher qualification and see where that takes me. We'll see."