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Engineering (Operator and Semi-Skilled) Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship at Brooklands College

Course description

An Apprenticeship in Engineering will develop your employability skills and give you valuable experience of working in an engineering environment.

You will need to be working in an engineering environment, working a minimum of 30 hours per week, and have a contract of employment.

You will be working in milling, turning, welding and/or fabrication (including CNC) and have access to making and assembling, removing, repairing, replacing and/or testing components in an engineering environment. This will give you the training for working on the job in a mechanical workshop.

Course content

To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Engineering (job role specific)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (underpinning knowledge)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths, English and ICT
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

NVQs are available in Mechanical Manufacturing, Fabrication and Welding, plus some other specialist subject areas.

Mandatory units include:

  • Health & Safety
  • Using Data and Documentation
  • Working Effectively and Efficiently in Engineering, and Principles of Engineering

Optional Units within the NVQs cover a range of areas, including:

  • Hand skills
  • Basic Machine Operation, manual or CNC, covering lathes, milling grinding, cutting, punching
  • Producing mechanical or electro-mechanical assemblies
  • Variety of welding techniques, for sheet metal and/or pipework

Entry requirements

You will need to demonstrate an interest in working in the engineering sector.

A minimum standard in Maths and English is required. Typically candidates will have achieved or be expected to achieve minimum grades D and E in Maths, English and one science. All applicants applying for an apprenticeship will be required to attend an interview and undertake initial assessments.


You will come to college for one day per week over two academic years, to achieve the Diploma in Engineering.

You will be compile a portfolio of evidence within the workplace, which will be reviewed and assessed by an assessor through regular workplace visits, in order to achieve the NVQ in Engineering.

If you have not achieved a minimum grade C at GCSE within the past 5 years in each of Maths, English and ICT, then you will be required to take external and internal examinations for functional skills in each subject.

Financial information

Apprenticeships are fully funded for those aged 16 – 18 years.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this apprenticeship the main occupations include metal working machine operatives, assemblers, fabricator and welders, inspectors and testers, and plant and machine operatives.

You may be eligible to progress onto the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Engineering to further enhance your skills and knowledge in this sector.

Alternatively you may wish to undertake the Level 3 NVQ in Engineering relevant to your specialism.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 February 2016
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