The apprenticeship has been designed by industry to support Mechanical Engineer and Manufacturing Technician roles. Manufacturing Technicians provide specialist technical support for engineers, gather information and data from a range of sources, analyse the information/data and provide solutions. The BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Mechanical Engineering is embedded within the apprenticeship. To successfully complete, apprentices will also be required to pass an independent end point assessment (EPA).
Apprentices will attend college one-day-per-week developing practical skills and theoretical knowledge in college workshops, science labs, CAD suites and classrooms. Apprentices will be supported by tutors, assessors and a work-placed mentor. Functional skills level 2 is mandatory for any apprentices who have not yet achieved a minimum GCSE grade 4 or equivalent in mathematics and English.
The apprenticeship is underpinned by the BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Mechanical Engineering and is designed to develop apprentices knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSB's) required for successful employment in the Mechanical Engineering/Manufacturing sector.
The apprenticeship will take up to 42 months on-programme (before the EPA gateway) working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. The duration may be shortened based upon accredited prior learning (APL) and/or qualifications but will always be at least 12 months in duration as a minimum.