These apprentices are found in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors, such as Automotive, Aerospace/Airworthiness, Chemical Processing, Land Systems, Marine, Maritime Defence, Materials Manufacturers and their respective supply chains. Research indicates that the sector needs to recruit approximately 124,000 engineers and technicians every year.

The broad purpose of the apprenticeship is to provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new/existing products, processes, or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Engineering Manufacturing Technicians gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information/data. They will make decisions, solve problems and produce and/or update technical documentation, reports or specifications covering areas such as quality, reliability, production schedules/targets, costing or other technical documentation that informs others, either internally or externally what needs to be done such as how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, commissioned or decommissioned.

Students may study for either a Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering or a Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Manufacturing Operations.

The end-point assessment for this apprenticeship consists of two discrete assessment methods. The individual assessment methods will have the following grades:

Assessment method 1: Observation with questioning

  • Pass

  • Fail

Assessment method 2: Professional discussion supported by portfolio of evidence

  • Distinction

  • Pass

  • Fail

Performance in the EPA will determine the overall apprenticeship standard grade of distinction/pass/fail.

Entry Requirements

Candidates will typically have 5 GCSE's at Grade 4/5 or above, including Mathematics and English. They will also have studied for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering L3 or equivalent A-Levels.

Course Cost

The apprenticeship costs £18,000 to the employer.

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Course Duration

Full time apprentices will typically spend 42 months on-programme working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. All apprentices must spend a minimum of 12 months on-programme.