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.
Rolls-Royce manager Jack O'Connor says his Derby College engineering course was the "start of everything" for the skills needed in his career. Jack joined the aero engine giant as a semi-skilled polisher and packer of blades. He began his Derby College Level 3 NVQ in engineering principals at the age of 23 when he was accepted by the company as an apprentice. Now aged 31, Jack is a Rolls-Royce production leader.
He is also taking a University of Warwick – Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Business management. Jack said he left school was "a few" GCSEs and the college course and apprenticeship provided him with a second chance to kickstart his career and build his confidence.
He said: "I can honestly say that the course was brilliant and the lecturers were great.
"If you went through a difficult period they were always there to support you. You could have a laugh and a joke as well, and when you take into account the facilities, you're halfway there.
"I was really impressed. It was the start of everything for my work, really."