This National 4 Skills for Work Course: Engineering Skills at SCQF level 4 provides an introduction to the engineering sector and a progression route into L5 Engineering courses offered at Fife College, as well as giving you preparatory skills to then apply for trade apprenticeships / employment in industry.

This course provides a basis for moving into further education and or training in employment. The course focuses on developing basic engineering skills within Fabrication, mechanical, electrical/electronic and manufacture engineering.

Skills for Work Courses are designed to help learners to develop:

  • Skills and knowledge in a broad vocational area skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work
  • Core Skills
  • An understanding of the workplace
  • Positive attitudes to learning
  • Skills and attitudes for employability
  • A key feature of these courses is the emphasis on experiential learning. This means learning through practical experience and learning by reflecting on experience
  • Learning through practical experience

The Skills for Work Engineering course include some or all of the following:

  • Learning in real or simulated workplace settings
  • Planning and carrying out practical tasks and assignments
  • Learning through reflecting at all stages of the experience and problem solving
  • 2 Afternoon sessions per week for 1 year; Tuesday and Thursday 2-4pm, September to June
  • Engineering Skills: Mechanical 
  • Engineering Skills: Electrical/Electronic
  • Engineering Skills: Fabrication 
  • Engineering Skills: Assembly 

One of the Following:  

  • A minimum of two National 3's and one National 4 or above in Maths, English and a Technology/Practical subject

Attainment of this course would count towards the "Technical Skill" entry requirement in our Level 5 programmes, so you would only then require to attain National 4 Mathematics and English. Then subject to successful interview and a positive ILR Learner Record you could potentially attain a place on one of the following Level 5 programmes: 

  • Skills for Work Engineering (School Pupils Only)
  • IMI Award: Transport Maintenance IMI Level 1 
  • NC Fabrication and Welding 
  • NC Manufacturing Engineering 
  • NC Electrical Engineering 
  • Engineering Practical Skills 

Completion of this and further courses can lead to modern apprenticeships or employment as a trainee in a wide range of engineering and technology jobs, such as 

  • mechanical
  • electrical
  • automotive
  • fabrication and welding
  • maintenance
  • manufacturing / machining
  • valve/pump maintenance and 
  • other related renewable technologies
  • Application and ILR review, aptitude test and a successful individual interview.