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Apprenticeship Engineering NVQ - Level 2


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

During your apprenticeship you could cover skills such as panel building, lathe, milling, grinding and CAD CAM to name a few.

Entry requirements

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

You will need a good educational background, preferably GCSE grade C or above in science, English and maths.

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?

Depending on the individual the course normally lasts 18 months - 2 years.

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 58% for engineering apprenticeships.

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 engineer 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 apprenticeship you will be required to complete the following:

  • NVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations
  • BTEC National Award in Engineering
  • Key skills at level 1 in communication
  • Key skills at level 1 in application of number
  • Key skills at level 1 in ICT
  • Working with Others Level 2
  • Improving Own Learning and Performance Level 2
  • Employer Roles and Responsibilities

What can I go on to study?

You will be encouraged to progress onto an advanced apprenticeship at NVQ level 3.

How do I apply?

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


Next steps

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Why choose West Notts?

Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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