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Advanced Apprenticeship – Engineering Technical Support Technician

The apprentice will gain technical knowledge, develop practical competence skills, along with functional and personal skills whilst working in an engineering environment. Acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and academic study at college.

You must have already secured a position, before enquiring about an apprenticeship. If you’re looking to secure a job, apprenticeship vacancies can be found here.

We can also help you find an employer and we hold information sessions where you can register your interest in an apprenticeship. We will contact you when appropriate vacancies occur, giving you a head start on the competition.

To find out more contact the apprenticeship team on:
01535 685 035 or

Cost N/A
When Flexible start dates Duration36 - 42 Months
LevelLevel 3 AttendanceFull time employment with day release time

The engineering standard requires the apprentice to complete a range of formal qualifications and pass through identified learning gateways:-

Foundation Gateway

Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Competence)

The apprentice is required to complete both mandatory units and specific competence units:-

Mandatory units

  • Complying with statutory regulations
  • Using and interpreting engineering data
  • Working efficiently and effectively
  • Business Improvement Techniques

Technical Specific Units can include

  • hand fitting techniques
  • Producing mechanical assemblies
  • Using lathes for turning operations
  • Preparing and using milling machines
  • Using CNC turning machines
  • Using CNC milling machines
  • Using computer software
  • Producing CAD drawings

Development Gateway

Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering – Technical Support Technician (Competence)

Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Knowledge)

This will require the apprentice to develop their skills and knowledge to a higher level and demonstrate skill specific competences, knowledge and behaviours within the workplace.

Functional Skills

– Level 2 Functional Skills in Mathematics

– Level 2 Functional Skills in English

Entry on to this qualification is subject to successful completion of initial assessments. GCSEs grades 4 – 9 (A*-C) in English and maths are essential.

Typically, job roles would include; workshop technician, quality engineer, production engineer, design engineer, mechanical test engineer, CNC Programmer.


The apprenticeship will be delivered as a mixture of flexible college attendance during the 1st year with day release and blended learning in both the workplace and college over the remaining apprenticeship period via focused classroom sessions, practical workshops, production of work-based research tasks/reports and observation of performance.  Including block weeks scheduled throughout the program.

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