The Manufacturing Engineering apprenticeship provides the skills and underpinning knowledge for both basic and advanced manufacturing processes and includes an end-test at the end of the apprenticeship which includes both a knowledge and practical skills test. To study an apprenticeship you must have employment within the trade.
It is advisable that you will have GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language, maths and science. You will also have to have a pre-assessment by the College with you and your employer to ensure that you will be able to meet the requirement for the manufacturing standard.
The manufacturing standard is a set programme of study which includes both knowledge and competency criteria relevant to the manufacturing sector which can include, CAD (Computer Aided Design), maths and science, theory and practical skills associated with bench fitting, milling, turning and lathes, engineering principles, CNC operations and business improvement techniques.
Assessment will take place both during and at the end of the Apprenticeship (EPA), with completion being dependant on successful achievement of all the elements and the endorsement of the employer after a professional discussion, with the apprentice training provider (Grantham College). A portfolio of evidence to underpin the knowledge required for oral questioning during the EPA. The EPA is graded pass, fail or distinction Pass or Fail) after the completion of a knowledge test, skills test and oral questioning.
On successful completion of the level 3 course there is the opportunity to progress to the HNC/HND Engineering course here at Grantham College. There is potential opportunity to move into a higher level apprenticeship or employment in the engineering sector.