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Level: 3

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You can specialise in either Mechanical Engineering or Fabrication and Welding on this apprenticeship. It combines employment with training: you will gain practical skills and business improvement techniques in the workplace, supported by study at the College.  

Entry requirements

For a Level 3 qualification, you will need to have completed the Level 2 NVQ and Technical Certificate programme. You will require an interview before enrolment on this course. In addition to having Level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications, you will need to be well motivated and self-disciplined. 

Course Content

The programme consists of an NVQ Level 3 in Mechanical Engineering or Fabrication and Welding in the workplace, plus a Technical Certificate at College. You will also need to complete Functional Skills in ICT. 
The course content will be determined by the specific NVQ and Technical Certificate you are taking. 

How will I be assessed?

Internal assessments take the form of practical and knowledge exercises and there is one external multi-choice exam for the Technical Certificate. The NVQ3 is assessed at the workplace, with no formal exam but underpinning questions.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

If you are over 19 years of age, employer contributions towards your training will be required. You will also need safety equipment – overalls and boots – in line with College requirements. 

What can I do after this course?

Further Study
The progression route is through a HNC or a Foundation Degree in your chosen area. We offer a route through a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma which provides you with the necessary level of maths and science for academic progression. 
 
Careers 
With this qualification, you can take on more responsibility and potentially move into supervisory positions at work, whether you are specialising in a mechanical, manufacturing or fabrication and welding role. 

 

This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

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Pete Szabo

Pete Szabo

Shy student engineer Pete “grew” to enjoy distinguished police career

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.


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