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Engineering Maintenance Advanced Apprenticeship at Gateshead College

Course description

An engineering apprenticeship can lead you to many possibilities.

Engineers work in a vast range of environments, you will find them with employers specialising in marine, electronics, electrical power generation, car and other vehicle manufacture, aerospace, precision engineering and even in hospitals maintaining medical equipment or looking after the processing equipment where food and drink is manufactured and packaged.


Course content

Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge, skills and gaining qualifications.  You will work towards:


  • National Vocational Qualification (NVQ Extended Diploma) – recognises your competence in the workplace
  • Technical certificate – this demonstrates your technical knowledge and capability and provides underpinning knowledge to do your job
  • Functional skills – Application of Number, Communication, ICT Level2

Entry requirements

Ideally you should have 5 GSCE grades A-B, including science and maths, however support is available to those who do not.

You will also need to be employed within the sector. If you are not employed, however, it is still worthwhile applying to Gateshead College as we may be able to assist you in finding suitable employment or advise on another suitable course.

Advanced apprentices would also have to undergo numeracy and literacy tests, a skills test and an interview.



  • An NVQ assessor is responsible for visiting you in your workplace to assist you in compiling a portfolio of evidence. 
  • The technical certificate is assessed by assignments, project work and knowledge based tests whilst you attend the block and/or day release programme at the College.  
  • Functional skills are assessed by examination and portfolio. 
  • Apprentices who have the appropriate GCSE grades may be exempt from completing the examinations and/or the portfolio.

Financial information

From 1st October 2010, the National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £2.50. This hourly rate is for apprentices aged under 19 OR apprentices aged 19 or over who are in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Future opportunities

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Framework provides the best preparation to achieve skilled craftsperson or technician level status within the industry.

It may also, where appropriate, provide positive progression to Higher Education or Higher levels of working responsibility.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.

Last updated date: 14 April 2016

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