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.
Learning on the job from experienced maintenance engineers is one of the best aspects of being an apprentice for 18-year-old Ryan Pickering.
Ryan, who has always enjoyed practical subjects, is currently on a Derby College level 3 engineering apprenticeship with food company Moy Park in Ashbourne.
He said: “It’s great. I’m really liking it. The people are so friendly and there’s such a lot to learn. I’m involved in helping maintain the poultry processing machinery. What I enjoy most is watching the experienced maintenance engineers when there’s a problem with a machine. I like seeing how they approach the issue; what they do to fix it and which tools they use.”
Ryan, previously a full-time electrical then engineering student at Derby College, applied for the opportunity after seeing it on the Gov.UK apprenticeships website.
He added: “I’m on day release at the Roundhouse but, sadly, because of the lockdown we’re currently unable to go into college. Our lecturers keep in touch but learning remotely just isn’t the same. It’s a shame but at least I’m still working and still learning every day. The facilities and equipment at college are great. I like the practical side and doing day release is a chance to be with other people my own age.”
Ryan, who lives in Ashbourne, said he would definitely recommend an apprenticeship at Moy Park and looks forward to completing his on-site training and going back to college when day release resumes.
It’s great. I’m really liking it. The people are so friendly and there’s such a lot to learn. I’m involved in helping maintain the poultry processing machinery. What I enjoy most is watching the experienced maintenance engineers when there’s a problem with a machine. I like seeing how they approach the issue; what they do to fix it and which tools they use.