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Overview of apprenticeship

The Higher Apprenticeship framework for Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Level 4, has been designed to provide the manufacturing and engineering sectors with high grade technicians and engineers who have practical skills, combined with a higher education qualification. This will facilitate progression to Level 5/6 qualifications and enable them to work towards 'Incorporated Engineer' status. Higher Apprentices will undertake higher-level technical occupations in such sectors as mechanical, electrical / electronics, and maintenance engineering as well as business improvement activities.

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. 

Candidates will need to obtain a Level 2 qualification in Maths and English prior to completion of the apprenticeship.

Where will this course take me?

The Higher Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Level 4 will help to attract and provide progression for higher technicians, professionals and managers in a range of careers in mechanical, electrical / electronics, and maintenance engineering.

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

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 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.

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 a higher apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading) and a Level 3 qualification. Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience.

Qualifications

On completion of the apprenticeship, you will have achieved:

  • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Manufacture

  • Level 4 HNC in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering.

  • 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 £12000.  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 95% of the training fee meaning you will be required to contribute 5% (£600).

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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