Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship, Level 3

Course overview

This framework has been designed specifically for the engineering and manufacturing sector, there is an expectation that there will be a demand for 37,000 level 3 technical roles between 2010 to 2016 and beyond.

Typically, individuals who are working towards the achievement of this framework have the following job role; Skilled machinist, toolmaker, metal forget, skilled metal worker, skilled fitter, composite technician or pipe fitter and assembler.

Apprenticeships are a tested way of training either a new or existing team member. An apprenticeship will provide on-the-job training which leads to an employee gaining a nationally recognised qualification which has been developed by the Sector Skills Council. The Apprenticeship framework will include the following elements;

• Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering – Level 3 NVQ
• Extended Diploma in Engineering – Level 3 BTEC
• Mathematics – Level 2
• English – Level 2
• Information and Communication Technologies – Level 2
• Personal Learning & Thinking Skills
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities

In certain professional circumstances and after a detailed skills scan the alternative knowledge based element could be:

• BTEC level 4 in Mechanical Engineering
• BTEC HNC Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering
• BTEC level 4 HNC Diploma in General Engineering

Entry requirements

An employee/apprentice must be over 16 years of age with no prior level 4 qualifications or above working a minimum of 30 contracted hours per week in an appropriate occupational role.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed againsts a set of nationally recognised standards which are set by the Awarding Body. The competence based element assessment will be via direct observation and work place supporting evidence. The knowledge based element may be assessed via a test, reflective review or assignment to confirm that you have achieved and understood the level of knowledge required. Whereas Functional Skills will be assessed via on-line tests.

What can I do next

Three months before completing this Apprenticeship framework a review will take place with yourself and your employer to discuss progression opportunties which may lead to a permanent employment contract, further study or indeed both.