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 https://www.tameside.ac.uk/Pages/School_Leavers/earn_while_you_learn/apprenticeship_vac.aspx
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 Level 2 craft learning during your first year to understand the practical elements of engineering before progressing onto an academic L3 BTEC in Manufacturing or Electrical Engineering. Whilst in the workplace you will also undertake completion of a work-based portfolio that comprises of on-site performance evidence, witness testimonies and photographs; the completion of an End Point Assessment; Functional Skills at level 2 (if you do not have a recent GCSE grade 4 in English you will be required to attend college to complete this). 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
● Health and safety whilst working in an Engineering environment.
● Engineering design and draughtspersons produce designs and drawings for structures, piping, electrical systems, control and instrumentation systems and mechanical components used in a wide variety of industries (including aerospace, medicine and food production)
● Team working and problem-solving skills.(Jobholders are based at office locations within project design teams and occasionally work at on-site locations)
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.
End Point Assessment
The end point assessment consists of a theoretical, applied knowledge test using multiple choice questions; a practical test to assess your ability to apply core skills in design and draughting; a structured interview to further explore the apprentice’s workplace performance to assess that the application of their skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours meet the specified requirements. These will all be supervised by an Independent End Point Assessor.
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 to study at university or through a higher or degree level apprenticeship