A qualification designed to cover the fundamental skills and knowledge common to all engineering practices including health and safety requirements and communicating engineering information, offering an extensive choice and flexibility for learners to demonstrate competence in one or more of a broad variety of engineering activities and catering for those providing technical support, including project planning and contributing business improvement.
This qualification allows learners to demonstrate competence for those employed in job roles such as an electrical engineer, electrician, electronics engineer, engineering maintenance technician, engineering operative, marine engineer, mechanical engineer, motor vehicle mechanic/technician, plater/fabricator, production engineer, sheet metal worker and welder. It can also be delivered in a realistic controlled college environment.
Amended April 2017
Learners should be 16 or over and employed in an engineering environment.
As from 14 October 2016, learners who have achieved a qualification recognised as an alternative to Essential Skills, as detailed under the apprenticeship framework, are not required to undertake Essential Skills qualification. However, if a learner’s WEST assessment identifies that the learner has essential skills deficits which would inhibit progress through the framework, this needs to be addressed.
The learner is required to complete six assessment routes in total, comprising of three mandatory assessment routes, three 'Supporting the Operation' assessment routes and one 'Job Specific' assessment route.
Assessment will take place in college via observation and the collation of evidence in a portfolio.
The learner can progress on to the Modern Apprenticeship Framework and the NVQ Level 3 (assessed in the workplace).
Gower College Swansea is an approved centre to deliver the engineering and manufacturing NVQs.
All our Engineering and Manufacturing assessors are professionally qualified, occupationally competent and very experienced, having been employed in an industrial environment for a number of years. They have worked with SMEs and multi-national corporations assessing employees and identifying any training needs.
All courses are accredited by EAL (ETMA Awards Ltd) which is the UK's leading awarding body for engineering.