The city of Derby and the surrounding area is world renowned for its engineering and manufacturing industry and is populated with world leading employers and their high quality supply chains.
The engineering sector is also still growing at a considerable rate, particularly with the development of new technologies which in turn has led to skill shortages and demand for high performing engineers.
Using the latest suite of advanced engineering resources, the one-year Level 1 Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing has been designed for school leavers to support their development as engineers, enabling them to progress to recognised vocational qualifications relevant to the sector. A key part of the course is the development of English and Mathematics to GCSE level.
Achievement of the following GCSE grades are the minimum entry requirements for the course:
The course will focus on GCSE resits in English and Mathematics.
The following Engineering topics will be covered on the course:
The completion of the Engineering components will lead to the award of a College certificate.
You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:
In addition to regular writing materials and a scientific calculator, specific PPE may need to be purchased for selected activities.
On successful achievement of the Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing, you could progress to a Level 2 Engineering course at the College.
Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, an apprenticeship in Engineering may be possible.
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.