Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture Toolmaking

The engineering industry are keen to recruit apprentices as a way of increasing the number of younger people joining the sector, which has a predominately older workforce. Apprenticeships are also seen as a way to fill the ‘skills gaps’ that have been identified in engineering by developing the skills of new and existing employees. Advanced apprenticeships offer a clear progression route for people working in engineering to follow.

This apprenticeship is suitable for people who are working as toolmakers in research and development or manufacturing.

Mandatory Units

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
  • Working efficiently and effectively in engineering

Learners and employers can choose from a variety of optional and mandatory units depending on the pathway they choose to make up the remaining credits for the qualification.

The apprenticeship is delivered through a combination of training, guidance, support, self-study and activities in the workplace. On and off job training either through group sessions or on a one-to-one basis. The NVQ will be assessed using varied methods depending on learning style. Technical knowledge and functionality will be assessed through internal and external testing.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but many applicants will be progressing from a level 2 qualification. Click here to view our latest apprentice job vacancies.

Course Progression

The engineering industry is very varied offering a range of career options depending on your strengths and interests.

These apprenticeships offer opportunities for progression. Following an advanced apprenticeship it may be possible to complete a higher apprenticeship or enter higher education to complete a foundation degree.

Some people may decide to move to a more managerial role, at which point a team leader or general management qualification may be appropriate, while others may choose to specialise and become an expert in a specific skill area, such as tooling or design. There are also opportunities in Business Improvement Techniques for people who are interested in efficiency and lean manufacturing.

Follow the links below to see some potential future careers you could reach on this path:

CNC Machinist

Mechanical Engineering Technician

Marine Engineering Technician

Leather Craftworker

Manufacturing Supervisor

Production Manager

Product Designer

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