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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 qualification

SCQF Level 6

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering includes:

  • A National Certificate (NC) in an Engineering Discipline at SCQF level 6, for example: Engineering Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering.
  • Five units of an SCQF level 5 in Performing Engineering Operations
  • Work-related experience/industry challenge

Example of course units include:

  • NC Engineering (units depend on discipline chosen)
  • SCQF
  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
Entry requirements

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.

Progression and development

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.

SCQF Qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

Your role

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.

The work placement

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.

What's next?

Think this apprenticeship is right for your business? Let us know that you want to discover new talent. Fill out our contact form and we'll connect you with your local Learning Provider who can talk to you about working with Foundation Apprenticeships.

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