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NQ Engineering Pre Apprenticeship - Stenton Campus

SCQF Level 5

There is currently a shortage of engineers with practical skills and this course will give you the basic skills to progress into a range of engineering disciplines including the energy sector, both onshore and offshore renewables, automotive sector and general engineering and manufacturing. The course is designed around Project Based Learning and is designed to provide a FUN and INTERESTING learning environment with the course content linked to current and future engineering employers workforce skillsets and essential skills requirements.

The 11th Engineering and Technology Skills and Demand in Industry report produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) reports that the most sought after and most difficult to recruit roles in June 2016 included Engineering which came in at No.1.

This Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship course is ideal for students starting out in engineering as it provides practical hands on training and focuses on improving broad-based practical skills and knowledge with a ‘hands on’ approach. Practical skills covered include assembly, fitting, engineering drawing using a Project Based Learning model. You will gain SQA Engineering skills units, practical experience and case studies of real life situations and problems you could encounter in an engineering job role. The programme is open to both school leavers and those looking to change or further their careers. The course is also suitable as a refresher course for updating engineering skills and those wanting to learn new skills.

You will learn how to work effectively and safely. In addition to the practical skills you will develop you will also enhance your employability through the enhancement of your communication, numeracy and information technology abilities.

The design principles of this course are to allow graduates to progress onto higher levels of engineering biased and related programmes and/or employment. The course is designed around Project Based Learning and is designed to provide a FUN and INTERESTING learning environment with the course content linked to current and future engineering employers workforce skillsets and essential skills requirements.

What You Study

  • Engineering Workshop Skills
  • Engineering Assembly Skills
  • Industry Challenge Project
  • Engineering Materials
  • Graphical Engineering Communication
  • Engineering Dimensional Control
  • Local Investigations
  • Engineering Project
  • Communication
  • Numeracy and/or Mathematics: Craft 1
  • Health and Safety: Engineering
  • Employability and Careers
  • Essential Skills including problem solving, working with others and ICT

Duration and Attendance

18 weeks full-time from January.

Entry Requirements

Three National 4s, Standard Grades at General Level or Intermediate 1s in English, Maths and preferably Physics, or a qualification to this standard in a craft or technology subject in place of Physics.

If you are able to demonstrate a keen interest and aptitude for Engineering and are willing and have the ability to develop your practical and “hands on” engineering skills, you may also be considered.

Please Note: You will be required to complete an aptitude test and successful interview.

Further Study

Subject to successful interview and completion of this course, you may progress to higher levels of study within engineering in the college or employment.

Career Opportunities

Completion of this programme of study and further courses can provide a stepping stone and lead to modern apprenticeships or employment as a trainee in a wide range of engineering and technology enabled sectors. These progression and employment routes exist in the following industries, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Aeronautical, Marine, Automotive, Fabrication and Welding, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Energy and Renewable technologies.

Many students will progress into employment in the engineering, renewables or energy sectors through our pre-apprenticeship programme.

Application Process

You will be invited to discuss your application with us and your application, aptitude test and interview will form part of the selection process.

This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts* Ends* Based at Apply
Short full-time 1st Year 30 Jan 2017 23 Jun 2017 Stenton Campus Glenrothes apply online

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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