The city of Derby and the surrounding area is world renowned for its engineering and manufacturing industry and is populated with world leading employers and their high quality supply chains.
The engineering sector is also still growing at a considerable rate, particularly with the development of new technologies which in turn has led to skill shortages and demand for high performing engineers.
Using the latest suite of advanced engineering resources, the one-year Level 1 Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing has been designed for school leavers to support their development as engineers, enabling them to progress to recognised vocational qualifications relevant to the sector. A key part of the course is the development of English and Mathematics to GCSE level.
Achievement of the following GCSE grades are the minimum entry requirements for the course:
The course will focus on developing students' skills in English and Mathematics as well as study skills.
The following Engineering topics will be covered on the course:
The completion of the Engineering components will lead to the award of a College certificate.
You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:
In addition to regular writing materials and a scientific calculator, specific PPE may need to be purchased for selected activities.
On successful achievement of the Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing, you could progress to a Level 1 Engineering course at the College.
Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, an apprenticeship in Engineering may be possible.
Securing an apprenticeship with global engineering group SNC-Lavalin was the perfect route into engineering for Jason Singh.
Now in his final year at college, he is taking a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering on day release at Derby College’s Roundhouse as part of the in-house scheme.
Jason said: “Being on an in-house degree apprenticeship means the experience I’m getting is more relevant and hands-on – and I don’t have the debt associated with going to university.
“I have some good lecturers and they’ve been supportive during lockdown when we’ve not been able to go into college.”
He usually studies at the Roundhouse from 8.45am to 7.15pm one day a week.
Jason, whose interest in engineering started back in primary school with the Lego challenge, has always been good at maths. Working in the rail industry, a lot of his role is focused on management and maintenance of rolling stock and rail systems. But he’s also been involved in the dynamics and structural side as well.
Since starting his apprenticeship he has assisted his employer on several large projects, including a seven-month contract to create a maintenance strategy for a rail depot in Cambridge.
When he’s finished his degree, Jason, now 22, is hoping to gain some international experience with SNC-Lavalin’s overseas operations.
He said: “I’d like to work in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or possibly in Canada, where the group is based. I’ve always wanted to travel and see other cultures and this job offers that opportunity.”
Being on an in-house degree apprenticeship means the experience I’m getting is more relevant and hands-on – and I don’t have the debt associated with going to university.
I have some good lecturers and they’ve been supportive during lockdown when we’ve not been able to go into college.