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Engineering Apprenticeship Level 2 at Bedford College

Course description

This Apprenticeship programme will provide you with a good level of knowledge of the basic engineering techniques used within the industry. The course will include NVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) units to provide you with basic engineering training, giving you the opportunity to:

  • Develop skills and competencies relating to your specific role
  • Gain a recognised qualification to support progression to further learning and greater responsibility in the workplace.

This Apprenticeship will give you the chance to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with the essential functional and personal skills required for both your current job role and your future career. You will learn in the workplace and complete formal off-the-job training, giving you a broad mix of industry skills and knowledge. 

Course content

During the course you will study three mandatory core units and a choice of three PEO engineering practical units in one of nine job-specific pathways. These pathways will cover machining, CNC machining, fitting and assembly, fabrication and welding, mechanical or electrical maintenance or electrical/electronic engineering. You will study to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Performing Engineering Operations NVQ Level 2 Diploma (QCF) – with bias to match chosen pathway
  • Industrial Environment Awareness Level 2 Award in (QCF)
  • English Functional Skills Level 2
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills.

Entry requirements

To begin this Apprenticeship you must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in a relevant job role. You must also have a minimum of three GCSEs at grade A*-E, which would ideally include English, Maths and Science, or an equivalent Level 1 qualification in a related subject.


Assessment of the PEO units will take place in a simulated work environment via observation and the collation of evidence in a portfolio.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship you will be able to undertake a full range of duties related to you job role confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry, so you will be well-prepared to seek further employment. You can also progress to study an Engineering Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

Further information

A £500 per year employer contribution will be required if you are over the age of 19 at the start date of the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 February 2016
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