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Engineering Tool Making

Course Code: AP2

Level: 2, 3
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two - three years

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About the course

Do you want a job where you’ll be working with your hands, building things from scratch and creating brand new parts and tools for certain tasks? If you have an eye for detail and can work to complex drawings, then a Tool Making Apprenticeship at City College Plymouth will train you for a future as a tool making engineer. A toolmaker creates parts and tools for use in manufacturing plants. They typically work in a specialised factory using different hand tools and large robotic equipment to produce new parts and machines. As an apprentice, you’ll be earning while you learn, whilst studying a suite of qualifications including the NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations and in Engineering Production. As well as undertaking training at City College to build your knowledge and qualifications, you’ll be earning a wage while you work and gain the skills required to make a career in the Engineering industry. The intermediate Apprenticeship gives a complete introduction and specialist training for those who wish to be a professional tool maker and is equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4). The advanced Apprenticeship is a level 3 qualification equivalent to three A Levels, providing you with an opportunity to continue your studies at university-level once you complete the advanced Apprenticeship.

What you'll learn

The Intermediate Apprenticeship Framework will include:

  • Level 1 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations, Level 2 in Engineering Production.
  • Functional Skills for maths, English and ICT level 1 – completed at College.
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) – completed at work alongside the NVQ2.
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) – completed at work and College.

The Advanced Apprenticeship Framework will include:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations and level 3 in Engineering Production.
  • Functional Skills for maths, English and ICT level 2 – completed at College.
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) – completed at work alongside the NVQ3.
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) – completed at work and College.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on the intermediate Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of functional skill entry assessments and a vocational assessment carried out by the engineering team at the College. You will need to first complete the intermediate Apprenticeship in order to progress onto the advanced level.

Assessments/Exams

Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete and return an application form.