This is a work-based apprenticeship course designed to help you become a manufacturing technician. You will study an engineering course on a day release basis at College over a two-year period. The course will be a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Engineering. You should be in a relevant job role and be employed for 30+ hours per week.
As a manufacturing technician, you will be supporting the manufacturing of new products by bringing them to life and resolving manufacturing problems.
The combination of your university-level course and your job will enable you to meet a national apprenticeship standard, subject to successful completion of an end-point assessment at the end of your apprenticeship.
Successful completion will normally take a minimum of two years part time.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have five GCSEs at grade C (grade 4/5 in the new numerical GCSE grading system) or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at Level 3.
As further guidance, the level of Mathematics has an advisory GCSE level of grade B (grade 5/6 in the new numerical GCSE grading system).
To be awarded the Higher National Certificate, students must complete the following four mandatory modules:
They must also complete a minimum of four optional modules. Examples are shown below:
Your knowledge and understanding for all modules will be assessed through a variety of methods. These will include written work such as assignments and presentations.
All assignment activity will support you in developing skills in academic writing, verbal presentations, team work and analysis. The College offers a comprehensive development programme as part of your studies to support your progression in these areas.
Apprentices will also be assessed against the knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with the apprenticeship standard in preparation for the End Point Assessment (EPA).
The level of independent research and critical thinking completed on this course, as well as the assessment methodology, helps to prepare students for further study at Level 5 or degree level.
As a vocational qualification, the HNC also provides students with a range of skills and knowledge that can be readily applied in the workplace and may lead to opportunities for career progression after completion of the apprenticeship.
Welding apprentice Ashley Peppiatt always knew he liked making things but didn’t appreciate just how much until he spent time restoring his motorbike.
At the time Ashley was a self-employed graphic designer, but working outside and being hands-on, made him re-think his future.
Now 29, he is one of five former Derby College level 3 welding students selected for a national welding apprenticeship with leading power engineering systems business Doosan Babcock.
He said: “I was fed up with being stuck in front of a computer all day and wanted to do something more hands-on. Around that time, I got a motorbike – a Honda CG 125 – which kept breaking down. Me and my dad, who is a plater, got to work on repairing it and while doing that I got to know every single inch of the bike. I found I was loving using my hands and getting to grips with using different tools.”
Through a local apprenticeship, Ashley joined the level 2 engineering course at Derby College but moved on to level 3 welding after learning it could open doors to training with a top national firm.
He said: “I love my Doosan apprenticeship. The best part about it is that I’m learning a skill. It makes me feel useful, and it’s something I’ll have that will always be in demand. I don’t mind living away from home and I’m pleased to be earning money while also gaining great experience. High integrity welders can command decent money too. While we’re still training in the welding school, we’re paid apprentice rates, but according to the second-year apprentices, that will change when we go out on site. When we get to that point, we’ll be earning nearly as much as the experienced welders.”
Ashley, who wants to work on-site at a nuclear power station, said he’s grateful to his Derby College tutors for their support and glad that he decided to specialise and switch to level 3 welding.
I love my Doosan apprenticeship. The best part about it is that I’m learning a skill. It makes me feel useful, and it’s something I’ll have that will always be in demand. I don’t mind living away from home and I’m pleased to be earning money while also gaining great experience. High integrity welders can command decent money too. While we’re still training in the welding school, we’re paid apprentice rates, but according to the second-year apprentices, that will change when we go out on site. When we get to that point, we’ll be earning nearly as much as the experienced welders.