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Advanced Apprenticeship Engineering NVQ 3 - Level 3


Your pathway of study depends on whether you are pursuing a career in electrical/electronic engineering or mechanical engineering.

During your advanced apprenticeship you could specialise in any of the following pathways:

Electrical/Electronic Engineering

  • electronic circuits
  • controlling semi conductor manufacturing processes
  • controlling printed circuit and allied circuit assembly
  • leading component manufacture
  • leading electronics assembly
  • testing
  • transformers and inductors
  • manufacturing electrical motors and generators
  • manufacturing electrical control systems equipment

Mechanical Engineering

  • tool making
  • engineering maintenance (mechanical and electrical)
  • service maintenance
  • fluid power
  • engineered systems
  • lift servicing
  • escalator repair and service
  • communication electronics
  • technical support
  • engineering drawing
  • quality control
  • non-destructive testing
  • computer control programming

Entry requirements

You must be aged between 16 and 24 and employed within an engineering company.

You must have achieved a relevant Level 2 qualification to progress onto the advanced apprenticeship.

Good communication skills are essential.

Start dates and fees

If you are between the age of 16 and 18 the apprenticeship is free of charge. If you are 19 and above your employer must pay a one off fee.

During your apprenticeship your employer is obliged to pay you a wage at the minimum rate for an apprentice.

For information on apprenticeship opportunities please visit our Vision Apprentices website.

How long is the course?

The course normally lasts from 18 months to 2 years, depending on the individual.

How will I be assessed?

Much of the study is done ‘on the job’ and you will be assessed on a regular basis in your place of work throughout the length of the course.

Underpinning knowledge and practical support is given one day a week in The Engine at Sovereign Way.

Success rates

The success rate is 100% for the engineering advanced apprenticeship.

What does the course lead to?

At the end of this programme you will gain the confidence and skills that enable you to be a well skilled, time-served engineer supervising others in roles such as:

  • milling and lathing operator
  • precision engineer
  • mechanical engineer
  • technical services engineer
  • electronic/electrical engineer
  • fabricator/welder
  • plater

What will I study?

As part of your advanced apprenticeship you will be required to complete the following:

  • NVQ Level 3 Performing Engineering Operations
  • Key skills at level 2 in communication
  • Key skills at level 2 in application of number
  • Key skills at level 2 in ICT
  • National certificate in engineering

What can I go on to study?

You could go on to study a HNC/HND course in engineering.

How do I apply?

Before you can apply for this apprenticeship course you must already have found an employer who has agreed to take you on as an apprentice.

If you are looking for an employer to do the apprenticeship with please apply for a vacancy at


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