Engineering: Manufacturing and Fabrication

Modern Apprenticeship



Apprentices will gain skills and knowledge to work in engineering environments, in:

  • manufacturing

  • processing

  • fabricating

This apprenticeship supports apprentices working in engineering and manufacturing roles such as:

  • machinist

  • welder

  • fabricator

  • pipe fitter

  • tool maker

  • process control technician

  • automation engineer

  • production technician

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 7.

Select Level 7 to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship. If apprentices are changing careers or upskilling, consider their workplace skills and experience.

It's good to be open to alternative assessment methods, and experience, instead of qualifications. This can help to broaden the pool of potential applicants.

Progression and development

When they complete the apprenticeship, the apprentice can progress in work and further learning. Successful apprenticeships include both competence-based and professional qualifications.

Career advancement

Successful apprentices may progress to technical specialist roles or supervisory/managerial roles.

Graduate Apprenticeships

They could progress to degree-level apprenticeships at SCQF Level 9 in engineering or in business-related subjects. These include:

Important information

Please read the Occupation Profile for Engineering: Manufacturing and Fabrication at SCQF Level 7. This gives a detailed description of the work situations routinely carried out in engineering roles at this level.

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How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take around 4 years to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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