This course is designed to give you an insight into engineering, fabrication and welding, and motor vehicle studies. You will spend 12 weeks in each area learning the basic skills required to help you decide which career path to take.
You will study mechanical and electrical engineering covering hand skills, machining and basic electrical principles. In welding you will experience different types of welding and fabrication techniques while in motor vehicle you will learn about the various vehicle systems, including working safely and basic servicing techniques for various vehicle systems.
The entry requirements for this course are:
GCSE Maths - grade 2
GCSE Engish - grade 2
You will be assessed through a mix of practical assessments, presentations and phase tests. You will also study towards GCSE Maths and English in which you will undertake the necessary exams.
You will need to purchase several items of safety equipment (PPE) for workshop sessions, such as safety boots, an engineering boiler suit and safety glasses. A full list of the equipment required will be provided in induction week.
Upon completion of this course, students can progress to a full study programme in either Engineering or Motor Vehicle Studies.
At the age of 16, Grace Draper decided to apply for an apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce rather than go on to do A-levels. She’s not looked back since.
She has excelled while gaining on-the-job experience with the company and during her training at Derby College, where she has achieved Distinction standards. Now she is set to take her qualifications further with a foundation degree at the College, sponsored by Rolls-Royce.
Such has been Grace’s success that she was highly commended in the Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship category of our 2014 Peak Awards. Judges described her as a ‘model learner’ and praised her collaborative work on projects, where she demonstrated the team skills and personal attributes which are vital in today’s engineering industry.
An apprenticeship at Rolls- Royce is the best of both worlds. We get to work in all sorts of areas of the company, earning while we’re learning. Having completed my first two years of the apprenticeship, I’m looking forward to starting the foundation degree.