Apprenticeship Framework in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Level 3

An apprenticeship is a programme which includes training at work with your employer and off the job training. It is for people of any age above 16. You will gain nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices learn whilst actually doing the job and you can ‘earn while you learn’. Apprenticeships also enable apprentices to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession (such as accountancy, gas fitting, electrical installation and dental nursing). The college will work with you to find a suitable employer for your apprenticeship or you may have an employer who is willing to support you on your apprenticeship journey. There are various levels of apprenticeships you can do for example, level 2 or level 3 and up to degree level.

Whilst you are an apprentice, you will be paid the minimum apprenticeship wage. These rates are different according to your age. However the majority of employers we work with, pay far more than this. You can see the salaries and our job vacancies on line at

Apprentices are employed and develop their occupational skills whilst working on their apprenticeship programme.
This apprenticeship programme usually lasts for 36-48 months, but can be dependent upon your prior experience.

Your apprenticeship consists of several elements. These include, a craft based technical certificate such as a L3 City & Guilds in Mechanical Engineering or an academic L3 BTEC in Manufacturing Engineering; completion of a work-based Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering NVQ portfolio that comprises of on-site performance evidence, witness testimonies and photographs, Functional Skills at level 2 (if you do not have a recent GCSE grade 4 in English and ICT you will be required to attend college to complete this). You will complete the EMTA Award in Employment Rights and Responsibilities for New Entrants into the Engineering and Manufacturing Industries. You will also complete 20% of your time during the apprenticeship completing off the job training.

Arrangements for your off the job training

You will attend Tameside College for 35 weeks for 7 hours per day to complete your training in our state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Centre. Further to a recent multi-million-pound investment we are proud to be able to offer class leading Industrial CNC training facilities alongside a newly equipped Mechanical workshop, CAD facilities and high specification classrooms.

Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship

●  E.g. Health and safety whilst working in an Engineering environment.

●  How to read and understand Technical Drawings and information.

●  You will learn how use a vast range of tools and equipment including hand tools, high accuracy measuring equipment, files, drills, saw’s and marking out equipment. You could also learn how to use CNC Lathes and Milling machines.

●  You will manufacture a variety of engineering components to a very high standard. Locally these could include parts for the aerospace, oil and gas industry and food manufacturers.

●  As an Engineering apprentice you will learn transferable skills that will last a lifetime. Engineers can save thousands of pounds by using the skills you have learned during your apprenticeship to do many jobs in the home.
4 x GCSE grade 4 to include maths. English at grade 3 or above
You will be assessed on your apprenticeship at work by your visiting trainer/assessor and for the knowledge/technical elements at college by your teacher. Evidence produced in the workplace for your apprenticeship programme will be continually assessed on an ongoing basis throughout your apprenticeship.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:

●  Progress onto a level 4 apprenticeship in Engineering

●  Be considered or apply for other posts within your company, potentially in a promoted post

●  Progress into University or through a higher or degree level apprenticeship

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Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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