The National 5 Skills for Work Course: Engineering Skills at SCQF level 5 provides an introduction to the engineering sector and a progression route into Level 6 Engineering courses offered at Fife College, as well as giving you preparatory skills to then apply for trade apprenticeships / employment in industry. This is a hand-on practical course delivered in the comprehensive automotive workshops at the Stenton Campus Glenrothes, has been specifically designed for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in the automotive, mechanical, electrical, fabrication and welding, or manufacturing engineering industries. You will also develop many transferable skills, including time-management, communication, problem-solving and team-working.

  • 2 Afternoon sessions per week for 1 year; Tuesday and Thursday 2-4pm, September to June. 
  • Engineering Skills: Mechanical and Fabrication
  • Engineering Skills: Electrical and Electronic
  • Engineering Skills: Maintenance
  • Engineering Skills: Design and Manufacture
  • Three National 4s in English, Maths, and preferably Physics or Engineering Science or Technical subject, or a qualification to this standard in a craft or technology subject.

Attainment of this course would count towards the “Technical Skill” entry requirement in our Level 6 programs, so you would only then require to attain National 5 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 6 programs;

  • Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering (School Pupils Only)
  • IMI Award: Transport Maintenance IMI Level 2
  • NC Mechanical Engineering
  • NC Manufacturing Engineering
  • NC Electrical Engineering

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
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • Please note: you will be required to complete an aptitude test and successful interview.
  • In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).