Overview top

The manufacturing and engineering sector is growing both locally and nationally, and is a government priority area.

There is currently a skills gap in the market for machinists and CNC programmers.

Salaries within machining and advanced manufacturing can range from £25-£35K depending on the industry role, and £30-£40K for Engineers.

This programme covers the fundamental skills and knowledge common to all machining engineering practices, but is particularly geared towards developing skills to work towards a career as a machining, design and cnc programming

This programme enables learners to acquire engineering competencies in realistic, sheltered and controlled environment workshops. This will then enable a safe progression into the workplace / employment.

This programme focuses on practical skills and knowledge, where learners will gain practical experience and understanding of mechanical and electrical systems including machining, motors, gearboxes, pumps, electrical & electronic circuits, and modern cutting edge manufacturing processes and equipment such as CAE CNC and 3D Printing.

We know that having good qualifications alone doesn't always make you stand out.

That's why we're all about going the extra mile with you.

Studying with us means practical, hands-on workshops, group sessions, expert guest speakers, visits to local employers, wellbeing drop-ins, chill out time ... the list goes on. 

As part of the course, you will also take part in an external work placement to help you develop your confidence and skills to stand out from the crowd. 

Entry Requirements top

GCSEs at grade 3 or above in both English and maths. You should have an interest in learning new skills, and a positive approach to learning.

If you are an adult learner with relevant work experience, but do not have the GCSE requirements, we can arrange a meeting with the course leader to discuss your circumstances.

Assessment top

Learners will produce practical test pieces which will be assessed against national standards. Learners will also complete a workbook for each unit which includes a range of questions to demonstrate their knowledge based competence.

Professional Opportunities top

This qualification forms a major component of SEMTA’s Engineering Apprenticeship Framework and allows progression onto a variety of other level 2 and level 3 technical qualifications.

The course also facilitates progression to employment, or an apprenticeship.