This apprenticeship supports engineering roles across many different areas of work. These include:

  • additive manufacturing
  • advanced manufacturing
  • digital manufacture
  • design engineering
  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • manufacturing
  • mechanical engineering
  • metrology
  • welding

The goal is to enable you to apply advanced engineering practice and principles. This will support you in making engineering and manufacturing decisions.

What's the qualification?

You'll gain a Diploma in Engineering & Digital Manufacturing at SCQF Level 8, and either an HNC at SCQF level 7 or an HND at SCQF level 8 in an engineering discipline relevant to your job role.

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

You'll be expected to achieve some learning outcomes by the end of your apprenticeship. These include:

  • applying methods and principles in project management
  • conducting quality control and assurance
  • designing and building within engineering
  • diagnosing and resolving faults
  • inspection and testing within engineering
  • establishing and maintaining working relationships
  • maintaining engineering equipment
  • organising and facilitating meetings
  • providing design-led solutions
  • supporting engineering processes
  • understanding digital manufacturing

What are meta-skills?

Meta-skills are important skills that help you to improve:

  • performance and productivity
  • adaptability
  • resilience 

For apprentices, meta-skills are a critical asset, supporting your ability to:

  • cope and excel in the face of change
  • solve problems
  • collaborate with others
  • create successful futures

When you complete this apprenticeship at SCQF level 8, it includes the achievement of competence-based and professional qualifications. This opens the door to many opportunities for progression in work and further learning. 

This apprenticeship supports you to develop meta-skills. These help to support high performance, resilience, self-awareness and continuous learning.

Where could it take me?

Straight to a job

Successful apprentices may progress within the workplace to either technical specialist roles or supervisory/managerial roles.

Further education 

If you wish to pursue further professional learning and development after completing this apprenticeship, options include degree level study in Engineering or in business related subjects. In particular, this Technical Apprenticeship supports progression with advanced standing to the Graduate Apprenticeship in Engineering Design and Manufacture.

Professional registration

This apprenticeship supports professional recognition. That's because it includes learning and skills outcomes from the professional qualifications that are relevant for project management roles. 

Together with your employer and learning provider, you'll work out the professional pathway that's right for you. Your learning provider will guide you on the professional registration process to follow. 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship. However it is recommended that you have:

- 2 or more SQA Highers, and Mathematics at National 5 or above; or

- National Certificate (SCQF level 6) or a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) qualification in engineering.

Employers may also consider your workplace skills and experiences, if you are changing careers or upskilling.


This Modern Apprenticeship can take up to 48 months to complete.

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