This course is directed towards candidates who wish to gain a practical apprenticeship within the engineering industry.
The emphasis of the course is on developing an all-round knowledge and practical base, which has been co-designed with local employers. The skills which you will learn have been specifically requested by engineering companies around the Derby area.
You need to be highly motivated and to demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a career in engineering. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:
The course uses various assessment methods, including written assignments, presentations, poster presentations and phase tests.
You will need to purchase various items of safety equipment (PPE) for workshop sessions. These include safety shoes, an engineering boiler suit and safety glasses. A full list of equipment will be provided in induction week.
Successful completion of this course and the necessary GCSEs will allow you to progress into a practical apprenticeship or onto either the Transition to T level course or the Level 3 T Level in Engineering.
Shy student engineer Pete "grew" to enjoy distinguished police career. Retired police officer Pete Szabo was "painfully shy" and not "particularly bookish" as a young man...yet he went on to hold some of the most senior positions in the Derbyshire force. And, looking back, he credits his early training in an entirely different field at Derby College with broadening his skills, as he "grew" to pass his police training course with the second highest mark.
When he retired at the end of October, Pete, 52, had operational oversight of 680 officers and police staff, yet in the mid-1980s he worked as a laboratory technician in Belper. While Pete was with solid fuel business TI Parkray, he studied on release for a day-and-a half-a week, over four years, at Derby College. He gained his ONC and HNC engineering qualifications with passes and merits.
And his time at Derby College helped lay the foundations when he decided to change career and apply for the police. Pete progressed through the ranks, from PC, to becoming the youngest Sergeant at the time in Derbyshire, to Inspector and Chief Inspector. At one stage he headed Learning and Development for forces across the East Midlands. He retired as Chief Inspector and Operations Manager for the Derbyshire force. Pete is currently studying for a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 qualification and said he intends to keep on learning.
For me, college was great. I was painfully shy at that stage and it helped me grow as a person, through meeting and learning from people from a wide range of backgrounds and different ages and cultures, and from various sections of industry like Rolls-Royce.
It gave me an early idea of public speaking and it gave me an insight into the academic world. I'm not the most bookish of people but I came out of my police training course with the second highest mark.