Engineering Apprenticeship Level 3 | Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Begin your apprenticeship journey at BTC by applying for an apprenticeship on our website or through our prospectus form. Please apply for a full-time course as your second option. Then, have a look at relevant vacancies by visiting our vacancy page. If you haven’t found a suitable vacancy, you will automatically be placed into our Talent Pool.

As a member of our Talent Pool, you will be the first to hear about new vacancies and we offer support with CVs, interview techniques, employability skills and much more!

Welcome to the Engineering Department at the Bridgwater Campus! Our comprehensive Engineering Apprenticeship program is designed to provide aspiring individuals with a dynamic and hands-on learning experience, paving the way for a rewarding career in the world of engineering. This apprenticeship offers a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, preparing you for the challenges and opportunities in the engineering industry.

Based at the Engineering Department of the Bridgwater Campus, our state-of-the-art facilities provide the ideal environment for your learning journey. The campus is equipped with cutting-edge technology and resources, ensuring that you receive the highest quality education.

Choose your path within the engineering field from our diverse range of standards:

1. Engineering Fitter:

  • Produce complex, high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part, using machines, equipment, or systems to the required specification.
  • College Attendance: 1 day per week
  • Duration: 42 months
  • BTEC Qualification Options: Electrical or Mechanical

Click here to view the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education Standard for this course.

2. Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician:

  • Work on various types of plant and equipment commonly found throughout the Engineering Industry sectors. You can expect to migrate through these sectors during the course of your career.
  • College Attendance: 1 day per week
  • Duration: 36 months
  • BTEC Qualification Options: Electrical or Mechanical

Click here to view theInstitute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education Standard for this course.

3. Machining Technician:

  • Produce complex and precision machined products that are typically used in machinery. You can also produce bespoke components or products for domestic appliances or medical equipment, using a variety of machines to carry out your work.
  • College Attendance: 3 days per week (with reduction in year 2)
  • Duration: 42 months

Click here to view the Insitute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education Standard for this course.

4. Plate Welder:

  • Based at our Welding Centre of Excellence, manually weld plates and structural components to high standards. This will involve fabrication, construction, or repair of fabricated plate assemblies, extrusions, and structural components used often to fabricate larger components and assemblies
  • College Attendance: 1 day per week
  • Duration: 36 months

Click here to view the Institure for Apprenticeships & Technical Education Standard for this course.

Why Choose Our Apprenticeship Program?

  • Industry-Driven Curriculum: Our program aligns with the latest industry standards, ensuring you acquire the skills in demand by employers.
  • Experienced Faculty: Learn from experienced instructors who bring real-world expertise into the classroom.
  • Pathway Flexibility: Tailor your apprenticeship journey by choosing from multiple standards and BTEC qualification options.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Access cutting-edge technology and equipment to enhance your practical skills, with our flagship facility, the Energy Skills Centre, and the brand-new Advanced Engineering Centre, built in 2017.

Embark on your engineering career journey with us and gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to excel in the dynamic field of engineering. Apply now to secure your spot in our sought-after apprenticeship program!

Assessment Methods

There are no exams. Your knowledge and skills are assessed on an on-going basis and you will have to demonstrate that you can meet the required standards throughout your training. There will however, be examinations for the additional qualifications, such as City & Guilds or BTEC Technical Certificates and Functional Skills (if required).

Progression Options

The Apprenticeship is widely recognised in the employment market and fully
qualified Engineers are always in demand, both home and abroad. On successful
completion, you could progress to an HNC or Foundation Degree in Mechanical
Engineering or Mechatronics at University Centre Somerset.

Course Summary

Course Title Engineering Apprenticeship Level 3
Entry Requirements

To enrol in our engineering apprenticeship, we
recommend a minimum grade of 4/C in both English and Maths. If you do not hold
these grades, you will be required to attend classrooms in the first year to
work towards a Level 2 Functional skills qualification.

Attendance Requirements Our engineering apprenticeship program combines practical, hands-on experience with classroom learning. Most standards require one day of college attendance per week, allowing you to apply your knowledge in a real-world setting.
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The facilities are amazing, and working on and with industry-level software and equipment has been the perfect preparation for a Degree Apprenticeship and career in the engineering industry.

Harry Lawrence

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