Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Apprenticeship

Entry Requirements

Level 3 Diploma in Engineering or a related subject and GCSE Grade 4+ in Maths and English.

Applicants should also be able to demonstrate Level 3 Maths (via a maths A level or an Engineering-Maths unit achieved within their diploma or extended diploma).

International applicants will require a UKVI approved IELTS. Applicants should confirm with the individual college whether international students can be accepted on the course.

Course Assessment Method

Learners will complete;

- L4 HNC Manufacturting Engineering

- L4 NVQ portfolio

Learners will be expected to pass HNC and an End Point Assessment (EPA).

The EPA consists of two discrete assessment methods.

The individual assessment methods will have the following grades:

Assessment method 1: Observation with questioning

• fail

• pass

Assessment method 2: Professional discussion supported by portfolio of evidence

• fail

• pass

• distinction

Performance in the EPA will determine the overall apprenticeship standard grade of:

• fail

• pass

• distinction

Portfolio of evidence requirements:

• it must contain evidence of competence for the KSBs mapped to the professional discussion

• each piece of evidence may map to more than one KSB,

• it will typically contain 10 pieces of evidence

• the employer must sign off the portfolio of evidence, thereby authenticating the work it contains

• apprentices must compile a portfolio of evidence during the on-programme period of the apprenticeship

Apprentices who fail one or more assessment method will be offered the opportunity to take a re-sit or a re-take. A re-sit does not require further learning, whereas a re-take does. Apprentices should have a supportive action plan to prepare for the re-sit or a re-take. The apprentice’s employer will need to agree that either a re-sit or re-take is an appropriate course of action.

An apprentice who fails an assessment method, and therefore the EPA in the first instance, will be required to re-sit or re-take any failed assessment methods only. The timescales for a resit/retake is agreed between the employer and EPAO. A resit is typically taken within 3 months of the EPA outcome notification.

The timescale for a retake is dependent on how much re-training is required and is typically taken within 3 months of the EPA outcome notification. All assessment methods must be taken within a 6 month period, otherwise the entire EPA will need to be resat/retaken. (Exceptions could be made due to circumstances deemed by the EPAO as being beyond the control of the apprentice or their employer).

Re-sits and re-takes are not offered to apprentices wishing to move from pass to distinction. Where any assessment method has to be re-sat or re-taken, the apprentice will be awarded a maximum EPA grade of pass, unless the EPAO determines there are exceptional circumstances requiring a re-sit or re-take

What's Involved

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new/existing products, processes, or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible. Engineering Manufacturing Technicians gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information/data. They will make decisions, solve problems and produce and/or update technical documentation, reports or specifications covering areas such as quality, reliability, production schedules/targets, costing or other technical documentation that informs others, either internally or externally what needs to be done such as how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, commissioned or decommissioned.

Typical job titles Include;

Manufacturing engineer quality, Manufacturing production engineer, Manufacturing procurement engineer, Quality engineer, Costing engineer, Test and commissioning engineer, Installation engineer, Process engineer, Production support engineer

Employers involved in creating the standard: GKN Aerospace, Jaguar Land Rover cars, BAE Systems, Toyota UK, GTA England, Leonardo Helicopters, British Plastics Federation, JCB, Siemens, Sheffield Forgemaster, Liberty Speciality Steels

20% off the job will factor for one day a week in College. There are various specified routes available, and the learners mandatory qualifications will vary depending on the route chosen.

Full time apprentices will typically spend 42 months on-programme (before the gateway) working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. All apprentices must spend a minimum of 12 months on-programme. The EPA period should only start, and the EPA be arranged, once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is deemed to be consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard, all of the pre-requisite gateway requirements for EPA have been met and can be evidenced to an EPAO. Apprentices must prepare and submit a portfolio of evidence to support the EPA professional discussion.

As a gateway requirement, all apprentices must achieve the following qualification:

• Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering or Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Manufacturing Operations

In addition Apprentices in the Aerospace sector must also achieve the following qualifications:

• EAL Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence)

• EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence)

What's Next

L5 courses (such as HND in Engineering), apprenticeship or employment

Course Information
Qualification Type: Generic code to identify ILR programme aims
Level: Level 4
Academic Year: 22/23
Start Date: August 2022

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