This is a work-based apprenticeship course designed to help you become a manufacturing technician. You will study an engineering course on a day release basis at College over a two-year period. The course will be a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Engineering. You should be in a relevant job role and be employed for 30+ hours per week.
As a manufacturing technician, you will be supporting the manufacturing of new products by bringing them to life and resolving manufacturing problems.
The combination of your university-level course and your job will enable you to meet a national apprenticeship standard, subject to successful completion of an end-point assessment at the end of your apprenticeship.
Successful completion will normally take a minimum of two years part time.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have five GCSEs at grade C (grade 4/5 in the new numerical GCSE grading system) or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at Level 3.
As further guidance, the level of Mathematics has an advisory GCSE level of grade B (grade 5/6 in the new numerical GCSE grading system).
To be awarded the Higher National Certificate, students must complete the following four mandatory modules:
They must also complete a minimum of four optional modules. Examples are shown below:
Your knowledge and understanding for all modules will be assessed through a variety of methods. These will include written work such as assignments and presentations.
All assignment activity will support you in developing skills in academic writing, verbal presentations, team work and analysis. The College offers a comprehensive development programme as part of your studies to support your progression in these areas.
Apprentices will also be assessed against the knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with the apprenticeship standard in preparation for the End Point Assessment (EPA).
The level of independent research and critical thinking completed on this course, as well as the assessment methodology, helps to prepare students for further study at Level 5 or degree level.
As a vocational qualification, the HNC also provides students with a range of skills and knowledge that can be readily applied in the workplace and may lead to opportunities for career progression after completion of the apprenticeship.
Derby College Group engineering apprentice Luby Sisson is happy to be part of the maintenance team at Ashbourne-based Moy Park.
Luby from Swanwick, started work at the food company on her 19th birthday in November and is loving every aspect of the job.
Inspired by her grandad, also an engineer, Luby has been interested in pursuing an engineering career since childhood.
She studied the basics at school before going on to gain level 3 qualifications in electrical and mechanical principles.
She said: “When I was a child, I’d take my toys apart just so that I could put them back together again. There are photos of me when I was little with my grandad’s toolbox and all the tools spread out around me!”
But, despite her obvious interest in the sector and holding the right qualifications, Luby initially struggled to get an engineering apprenticeship.
She said: “I’d heard that companies were keen to take on women engineers, but I found that being female appeared to go against me with some employers. It’s not like that at Moy Park.”
Luby’s job involves making sure machines on Moy Park’s huge site are well maintained and in good working order.
She added: “There’s such a lot to learn on my apprenticeship. I’m being trained on site as well as going into the Roundhouse one day a week to study for my level 3 in mechatronics. My managers at Moy Park and Derby College have been incredibly supportive; I know I can contact my lecturers whenever I need to.
“Engineering offers so many different career paths and I would like to see other girls get into engineering too.”
There’s such a lot to learn on my apprenticeship. I’m being trained on site as well as going into the Roundhouse one day a week to study for my level 3 in mechatronics. My managers at Moy Park and Derby College have been incredibly supportive; I know I can contact my lecturers whenever I need to.