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This Foundation Apprenticeship gives pupils an introduction to the skills that will help them move into a career in engineering and the advanced manufacturing sector, and other engineering related industries.
The Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering includes:
Example of course units include:
Potential apprentices are selected for the apprenticeship by their school. Pupils will go through a recruitment process arranged by college/learning provider, which we encourage you to get involved in.
Pupils need to have a good level of written and spoken English and a real aptitude for problem solving. Working towards Higher maths would be expected – as the use of maths is critical for engineering roles. Pupils should be creative and innovative. You may wish to use an aptitude test.
Pupils will have the right skills to move from this to a Modern Apprenticeship in engineering. They may decide to move on to further or higher education. If you look to hire, the Foundation Apprenticeship offers you an opportunity to spot talented pupils, and assess their skills on a longer term than a regular interview process would allow.
As an employer, you can decide what level of involvement you have in the Foundation Apprenticeship programme. You can discuss this with the learning provider you’re working with.
There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. However, the investment of your time: great or small, can bring you lasting rewards with access to talented and driven young people for your workplace.
Pupils study a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects usually over fifth and sixth year.
In addition to the classroom based learning, pupils must complete work-related experience or an industry challenge. This should be based on real life work, and projects should be around 100-150 notional learning hours.