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This apprenticeship develops skills in engineering operations and techniques.

Typical roles are Metal Working and Plant and Machine Operatives. Apprentices will spend time attending classes at the college, typically delivered one day per week in term time.

It covers the development of skills in:

  • understanding Health & Safety requirements
  • basic engineering and manufacturing including hand skills
  • routine inspection and testing
  • quality control

Entry Requirements

Apprentices are required to have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 3 / D or above including English and Mathematicss or NVQ 1 plus two Functional Skills at Level 1.


It is helpful if apprentices have experience in their chosen field to allow them to meet the rigours of the programme but this is not essential.


Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations


Apprentices need to produce a portfolio of evidence which is assessed by a qualified assessor. They will also take exms that cover the knowledge aspects of the programme.

Home Study

Apprentices are required to meet target dates for completion of work set by their assessor throughout the programme; this will require some work to be completed in their own time.

Work Placement

Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week, with an employer who is willing to support the candidate through the apprenticeship. For those not currently in suitable employment, Newbury College can provide a list of current apprenticeship vacancies.


Apprentices will have the opportunity to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering.

Fees and Additional Costs

Additional Information

AP/2ENGOP 181901 01/08/2018 30/07/2019 to
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*Please note that concessions are only available on tuition and do not apply to any additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide information on additional costs, these fees will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. For details of fee remission for learners over 19 and 24+ loans click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email

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