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 qualifications, the one-year full-time BTEC Foundation Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering has been designed to support school leavers and adults who wish to further their development as engineers, leading to a highly rewarding and well paid career in this sector. The course can also be taken as part of a career enhancement route.
Prior achievement of the following GCSEs and grades is necessary:
For adults wishing for career advancement or change, prior achievement of an Engineering qualification at Level 2, or relevant work experience, will be required. Alternatively, they will need evidence of study of related vocational qualifications at Levels 2/3.
To achieve the BTEC Foundation Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, students must complete one mandatory unit, and at least two optional units. The mandatory unit is:
Optional units available include:
Opportunity also exists on this study programme to develop students' practical skills.
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 Foundation Award in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, you could progress to a BTEC Award/Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.
Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, an apprenticeship in engineering or career as an engineering technician would be possible: this qualification can be used as credits/evidence towards the apprenticeship knowledge elements.
Derby College Group engineering apprentice Luby Sisson is happy to be part of the maintenance team at Ashbourne-based Moy Park.
Luby from Swanwick, started work at the food company on her 19th birthday in November and is loving every aspect of the job.
Inspired by her grandad, also an engineer, Luby has been interested in pursuing an engineering career since childhood.
She studied the basics at school before going on to gain level 3 qualifications in electrical and mechanical principles.
She said: “When I was a child, I’d take my toys apart just so that I could put them back together again. There are photos of me when I was little with my grandad’s toolbox and all the tools spread out around me!”
But, despite her obvious interest in the sector and holding the right qualifications, Luby initially struggled to get an engineering apprenticeship.
She said: “I’d heard that companies were keen to take on women engineers, but I found that being female appeared to go against me with some employers. It’s not like that at Moy Park.”
Luby’s job involves making sure machines on Moy Park’s huge site are well maintained and in good working order.
She added: “There’s such a lot to learn on my apprenticeship. I’m being trained on site as well as going into the Roundhouse one day a week to study for my level 3 in mechatronics. My managers at Moy Park and Derby College have been incredibly supportive; I know I can contact my lecturers whenever I need to.
“Engineering offers so many different career paths and I would like to see other girls get into engineering too.”
There’s such a lot to learn on my apprenticeship. I’m being trained on site as well as going into the Roundhouse one day a week to study for my level 3 in mechatronics. My managers at Moy Park and Derby College have been incredibly supportive; I know I can contact my lecturers whenever I need to.