You will gain a solid skills base in one of two branches of engineering - Mechanical or Fabrication and Welding. The course equips you with the abilities you need to make a valuable contribution at work and to take your career forward.
On both pathways, you will be required to complete mandatory units plus additional units and Functional Skills. You will also need to complete a Technical Certificate (Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology).
GCSE grades of 3 (D) or above are expected in Maths and English. You will also undertake a College interview and assessment.
On both pathways, apprentices must complete mandatory units at each level:
You will also complete the Technical Certificate (Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology) in Mech-Elec or Welding and will study Functional Skills in Maths and English.
You are required to complete a log sheet for practical work, which is assessed and compiled into a portfolio. The Technical Certificate will require a final online test and course assessments include both practical and written tests.
If you are over 19 years of age, employer contributions will be required towards your training. You will also need safety equipment such as overalls and boots.
You can progress to the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering, taking the Fabrication and Welding or Mechanical pathways.
Student welder Rosie Dales is forging ahead in the male-dominated world of fabrication thanks to Derby College. Rosie, 24, is set to take a Level 3 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding. She is also adding skills to a previous Level 2 qualification which she did not gain through an earlier provider. Rosie, who was born deaf and is a skilled lipreader, uses a hearing aid to boost what sound she can hear. She praised the teaching focus of her Derby College tutor and said her fellow students were "deaf aware", which was helpful. After working unpaid for two weeks, Rosie landed an apprenticeship with her grandfather's firm, Dales Fabrications, in Ilkeston. She found that she loved the work and the company is now funding her college training.
Rosie said: "I'm really enjoying the college work. The tutor is focussed on the students and I'm making good progress.
"I think it's going well. I'm taking small steps at a time. After I qualify I might go on to a higher qualification and see where that takes me. We'll see."