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Overview of apprenticeship

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience while being paid to do so. Along with functional and personal skills that are needed for your immediate job and future career you will learn through a mix of project based learning in the workplace, formal off the job training, and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

The Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 equips apprentices with the basic skills and knowledge to carry out a range of engineering and manufacturing processes at semi-skilled or operator level. As an engineering technician, your main duties may include duties such as drawing up plans for new ideas, using computer-aided design (CAD) software, investigating and testing ideas to improve existing systems and solve problems, making new parts, installing and testing instruments and machinery, carrying out preventative maintenance, identifying and repairing faults, and meeting performance and safety targets.

Delivery Plan and Assessment

Learners will attend West Suffolk College one day a week for taught sessions, excluding half terms and holidays. In total, learners have to spend 20% of their time on programme completing Off-The-Job training, this includes their day release, and any shadow shifts. Apprentices will be supported by 1:1 meetings in the workplace by their dedicated Programme Tutor. Additional learning resources and information will be made available online to ensure a fully blended learning experience. 

Where will this course take me?

As well as ensuring full competence within Engineering Operations, this apprenticeship provides a foundation for potential progression into a role within the company, or a Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering.

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.70 per hour. However, the average wage for apprentices with WSC is £4.85 per hour.  Your wage is decided by your employer and most will look to reward excellent progress and completion of your apprenticeship.

Salaries in the field start at £18,000 and depending on skills, qualifications and experience you could earn up to £40,000. 

Entry requirements

Due to the nature of this apprenticeship, you need to have prior attainment of GCSE Maths Grade C or above (new grading = 5). Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification. 

Qualifications

On completion of the apprenticeship, you will have achieved:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations (QCF).
  • Level 2 in Engineering Technology.
  • EAL Award in Employee Rights and Responsibilities.
  • EAL Award in Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.
  • Skills for Success - This module is designed by West Suffolk College to ensure you have all the personal skills and behaviours to succeed in the workplace.
  • Any required Functional Skills in English or Maths.

How is this funded?

Learners

Apprentices are not required to contribute financially towards Apprenticeship training.

Employers

If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more, you will pay into an apprenticeship levy. This levy is then used to pay for the full cost of the apprenticeship course which is £4000.  This figure is divided by the duration of the Apprenticeship and you will make monthly payments from your account directly to us.

If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of under £3 million, the Government will fund 90% of the training fee meaning you will be required to contribute 10% (£400).

There are incentives available if you are a small employer (under 50) and if you train/recruit a 16-18 year old.

Contact us on 01284 716246 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details of costs and how Apprenticeships are funded.

Try out our apprenticeship levy calculator here

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Applicants - You can apply using the button at the top of this page, where you will then be booked in for a 1:1 with an apprenticeship advisor. 

You can apply for our apprenticeship vacancies via:  https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch 

Employers - Please contact us to speak with a member of the Apprenticeship Team and organise a face to face visit.

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