Apprenticeships

Engineering Apprenticeships

Today's marketplace is looking for a new generation of engineers with the potential to solve practical problems in the world around us who can push back the boundaries of technology... people like you.

The number of Apprenticeship vacancies for 2017 will continue to increase from January. Our target is to recruit over 120 Apprentices in our Coventry and Redditch Technical Centres.

 

You can apply for our apprenticeship vacancies by completing our online application form
from 21 December 2016

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STRUCTURE OF APPRENTICESHIPS
Technical Engineer
  • Structure of this Advanced Apprenticeship
    YEAR 1
    - Up to 46 weeks training in MGTS Technical Academy or other approved centres
    - NVQ Level 2 - Performing Engineering Operations
    - Functional Skills - Level 2
    - Additional training in Modern Manufacturing Techniques and a project which involves planning, design and manufacturing
    - Further Educaction - BTEC National Certificate 1st year

    YEAR 2
    - Development and training in a variety of technical areas: Production / Test / Engineering / Design Projects
    - Commence NVQ Level 3 Training Programme
    - Further Education - Completion of BTEC National Certificate

    YEARS 3 / 4
    - Further development and training in a selection of the following areas: Engineering / Quality / Production Planning / Material Supply / Health & Safety / Technical Support / Design / Purchasing 
    - Completion of NVQ Level 3 - Technical Support or Engineering Leadership
    - Further Education - BTEC Higher National Certificate (2 year programme)

    THE OUTCOME
    Typical first appointment / job upon completion of training:
    - Manufacturing Engineering
    - Production Engineering
    - Design Technician
    - Quality Assurance
    - Project Engineering
    - Laboratory Technician
    - Test Engineer
  • Technician Occupations
    PRODUCTION ENGINEERING
    However good an initial design is, or a production process is, there are many reasons why it may be necessary to make changes during the life of a product. The reasons may be market-led or technology-led. Production Engineers need to: Identify opportunities to improve products and processes / Calculate and demonstrate benefits of improvements / Review quality performance of current production process / Act as a link between customer and production department.

    DESIGN
    Design and Development Engineers are involved with the enhancement of existing products and projects to create new products that meet customer requirements by: Interpretation of customer specification / Establishing objectives and methods for Design and Development projects / Analysing and assessing the effects of design briefs / Producing detailed drawings.

    QUALITY
    This involves electrical, electronic and mechanical maintenance, repair and installation of production and process machinery and equipment to include: Increased ability to supply defect free products / Systematic corrective action and lasting improvement / Encouragement of planned problem prevention.

    MAINTENANCE
    This involves electrical, electronic and mechanical maintenance, repair and installation of production and process machinery and equipment to include: Systematic and logical fault finding techniques / Repair and replacement of components / Functional testing and monitoring against specification / Modification and ongoing improvements to engineered systems / Programming and setting sophisticated electronic equipment / Installation of new plant and equipment.
Craft Engineer
  • Structure of this Advanced Apprenticeship
    YEAR 1
    - Up to 46 weeks training in MGTS Technical Academy or other approved centres
    - NVQ Level 2 - Performing Engineering Operations
    - Functional Skills - Level 2
    - Additional training in Modern Manufacturing Techniques and a project which involves planning, design and manufacturing
    - Further Education - BTEC National Certificate 1st year or City & Guilds 2800 or EAL Intermediate Certificate in Engineering and Technology

    YEAR 2
    Development and training in various areas associated with first appointment: Maintenance / Assembly / Machine Shop / Engineering / Production / Toolroom / Fabrication
    - Commence NVQ Level 3 Training Programme - Mechanical Manufacture or Maintenance
    - Further Education - Completion of BTEC National Certificate or City & Guilds 2800 - Level 3

    YEARS 3 / 4
    - Further structured training in one of the following areas: Machine Shop / Toolroom / Fitting / Maintenance / Fabrication
    - Completion of NVQ Level 3 - Mechanical Manufacture or Maintenance
    - Further Education - To be determined by qualifications achieved in year 2 of apprenticeship

    THE OUTCOME
    Typical first appointment / job upon completion of training:
    - Machinist
    - CNC Setter / Programmer
    - Toolmaker
    - Maintenance Fitter
    - Welder / Fabricator
    - Electrician
  • Craft Occupations
    TOOLMAKING
    Production of engineering components to a consistently high standard, requires sophisticated tooling and equipment to be manufactured that will locate and support components during the manufacturing process. Toolmakers need to be able to: Use a range of machine tools and hand tools to manufacture products using their own initiative and often to their own design / Set and operate a range of machine and hand tools / Produce working diagrams to British and International Standards / Work to tight timescales and deadlines often unsupervised / Interpret internal and external customer requirements.

    CNC MACHINING
    The production of engineering components to consistent high quality standards is carried out on sophisticated computer controlled machines that can produce one off, batch or by a continuous process. This covers all types of CNC machines that cut, punch, bend or form. The CNC Engineer is responsible for: Producing programmes to meet customer specification / Controlling and modifying existing programmes to maintain quality standards / Setting and operating the computer numerical control machining process.

    WELDING
    This still remains an important joining tehnique which is utilised in all aspects of engineering from research and development to high volume production of automotive parts. Processes include: Resistance welding, TIG welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Manual Metal Arc Welding. The Welder is responsible for: Setting and operating a wide range of welding equipment / Producing a variety of welded joints in a range of material specifications and thicknesses / Carrying out visual and destructive weld inspection techniques to assess weld quality to national standards.

    SHEET METAL
    All of today's motor cars have been developed and handcrafted as one-off prototypes by highly skilled sheet metal workers, using a range of hand and power tools. Prestige examples include Aston Martin, MGF, Rolls Royce and Bentley. Skills invovled include: Blank plate development of components / Wheeling panels to achieve double curvature / Producing a range of self-secured joints to assemble components / Metal finishing completed sheet metal components.
Engineering Production
  • Structure of this Advanced Apprenticeship
    YEAR 1
    - 16 - 24 weeks training in MGTS Technical Academy or other approved centres
    - Completion of NVQ Level 2 - Performing Engineering Operations
    - Functional Skills - Level 2
    - Further Education - EAL Intermediate certificate in Engineering & Technology

    YEAR 2
    - Development and training in: Assembly / Machine Cells / Maintenance and other areas connected with first appointment - Possibly complete skill specific NVQ Level 2 in Mechanical Manufacture

    THE OUTCOME
    Typical first appointment / job upon completion of training:
    - Assembly
    - Machining
    - Maintenance

    OR

    Successful completion of an Apprenticeship may offer the opportunity for progression onto the Advanced Apprenticeship programme.
  • Engineering Occupations
    MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
    Maintenance Fitters repair and maintain machines of all kinds. Mechanical Fitters help to build machinery and make things. They produce and fit parts of machinery and equipment together. They use drawings to find out the size of components and the way they fit together.

    FABRICATION
    Welders use intense heat to join metals together permanently. Sheetmetal workers can change flat sheets of metal into different shapes.

    MACHINING
    Machinists use various tools to shape metals with a high level of accuracy. Turners use lathes that spin pieces of metal at high speeds. Cutting tools are held against the material to shave metal from the surface and produce the required shape. Milling is a process that cuts metal from an object held by clamps or a vice on a working table, using a revolving cutter. A grinding machine is used to finish work to exactly the right size.

 

What is an Engineering Apprenticeship?

There are three types of apprenticeships in engineering: Apprentices, Advanced Apprentices and Higher Apprentices:

  • Apprenticeships for Apprentices usually last at least a year and result in Level 2 qualifications.
  • Advanced Apprenticeships usually last 3 - 4 years and apprentices work towards a National Vocational Qualification at Level 3, Functional Skills Level 2 and a Technical Certificate at Level 3.
  • Higher Apprenticeships include a Foundation Degree and NVQ Level 4.
What entry qualifications will I need?

We are keen to recruit young people who have or are predicted to gain at least 5 GCSE's (or equivalent) including English Language, Maths and Science at Grade C or above. Please also contact us if you have completed AS, A Levels or BTEC National in Engineering and are looking for a challenging and rewarding career.

Do I get paid?

You will be paid by your employer typically between £150 - £250 per week. This will increase annually as your gain more skills and so become more useful to your employer.

When will my apprenticeship start?

Apprenticeships start in September each year with recruitment commencing in December the year before, so the earlier you apply the better.

How long will an apprenticeship take?

Apprenticeships are normally 3-4 years duration for an Advanced level and 18 months for an Intermediate level.

This activity is part-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Skills Funding Agency
European Social Fund (ESF) and the Skills Funding