This Modern Apprenticeship is suitable for employees who work in an engineering capacity across a wide range of industry sectors. It supports new entrants and for experienced workers who wish to upgrade their skills.
There are three pathways, so that as an employer you can choose the units that are most appropriate for the job at hand: Craft — where the employer needs fully skilled practical employees; Technician — a blend between craft activities and professional, degree-level engineering skills; Accelerated — for employees with experience of working in an engineering environment.
Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6. Their qualification will include:
Apprentices will select one of the following SCQF Level 6 qualifications that’s relevant to their role:
Electrical and Mechanical Manufacture
Maintenance and Technical Support
Fabrication and Welding
Installation and Commissioning
Automotive and Marine
Business Improvement Techniques
Candidates for this Modern Apprenticeship don’t need any prior experience or qualification. Adult apprentices with experience may not have to complete the foundation qualification if there is evidence of sufficient skill, knowledge and competence at this level.
Progression and development
Once they complete their apprenticeship, there are a number of routes open to employees to achieve higher qualifications. These might include:
Full-time study at college or university level
A technical or professional apprenticeship at a higher level
An apprenticeship at the same level in an engineering specialism
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.