Apprenticeship in Engineering

Where to begin……………………
If you want to be an apprentice engineer and don’t yet have an employer, contact our apprenticeship recruitment team; 01228 822798 or email Deborah Macleod at

If you already have an employer, or are an employer, contact our apprentice recruitment team; 01228 822708 or email Oli Matthews at


An apprenticeship is a work-based training programme. It provides the learner with development of practical skills combined with the essential theoretical knowledge required to work on modern manufacturing and engineering systems.

For someone looking to enter a career in the Engineering Industry, an Apprenticeship is an ideal way of doing so. An apprenticeship gives the learner the best of both worlds, learning and working, enabling them to earn money whilst gaining qualifications.

Engineering technicians work on projects with other engineering craftspeople and technicians under the supervision of an engineer. They cover a variety of skill areas including welding, hydraulics, pneumatics, fluid mechanics, computer-aided design (CAD), computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining, and measurement and inspection. Increasingly, they need a broad knowledge of other disciplines such as electronics and electrical engineering.

Typical areas of work for an engineering technician:

  • Design - using computer-aided design (CAD) software to draw up plans for new prototypes, or to investigate potential performance enhancements by modifying existing designs;
  • Research and development - investigating and testing possible solutions to overcome machinery or process problems;
  • Construction, installation and operation - fabricating components, and installing, testing and adjusting instruments and machinery to ensure they are running smoothly and meeting performance targets;
  • Repair and maintenance - carrying out preventative maintenance schedules, diagnosing and rectifying faults in equipment and machinery. Technicians may also have responsibility for supervising craftspeople and undertaking production planning, purchasing, estimating and quality control duties.

For employers looking at taking on an Apprentice, this is a fantastic opportunity for them to equip their business with the most up-to-date skills around to give themselves an edge against competitors.

The Carlisle College Apprenticeship Scheme is designed to provide the recruitment, training, assessment and guidance needed in this competitive and technical sector.  We aim to ensure that you, as either a company or an individual, can meet the challenges of the future by providing the training and skills needed.

Apprentices will receive further education for a minimum of one day a week in our modern and well equipped workshops and classrooms. We can tailor the apprenticeships to suit the business needs of an individual employer.

Reference: A0020SC
Duration: 4 years
Course Dates: Year 1 – September 2019 – July 2020
Type: Part Time
Contact: Sam Bell

Apprenticeship Structure

  • NVQ assessed in the workplace
  • BTEC Diploma Knowledge and Skills delivered in college on Day Release
  • Employees Responsibilities and Rights (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
  • Functional Skills/GCSE’s (Literacy & Numeracy Qualifications)

Course Content

Core units are:

  •  Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Health and Safety in Engineering
  • Mathematics for Technicians
  • Communication for Technicians
  • Engineering Project
  • Health and Safety in Engineering

Current options are:

  • Principles and Applications of Electronics
  • Electrical Technology
  • Mechanical Systems and Technology
  • Electronic Fault Finding
  • Electro, Hydraulic, Pneumatic Devices and Systems
  • Properties of Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Drawing for Technicians
  • Engineering Maintenance
  • Energy Management

Method of Study

The course is split between formal classroom based study, practical workshop training and directed self-study including computer based learning packages. The competency part of the programme will be assessed in your workplace.

Method of Assessment

Assessment will be by the completion of written knowledge assessments and assignments, alongside a portfolio of practical assessment evidence which will be assessed formally in your workplace.

Entry Requirements

Employed in the industry

You need to be at least 16, ideally with 3 GCSEs* at grades A*-C (9-4) including Maths and English or Merit/Distinction in Level 2 Diploma in Engineering or other qualifications in a relevant subject area, or exceptionally with relevant industrial experience and agreement with the course tutor.

* In Maths, Science, Physics or other relevant subjects

What Can I Do Next?

Higher National Certificate and thereafter the Higher National Diploma and other Higher Education routes including degrees.

Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering.

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