Tramway Construction Operative Apprenticeship [Level 2]

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Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative – You will set up and maintain the construction of tramways

Have you just finished school and looking to start a new career in the construction sector? Do you love having hands-on experience and enjoy working outdoors? If so, then you may be suited for a Level 2 Apprenticeship as a Tramway Construction Operative. Read on to see if this role is right for you. This guide will give you an overview of what to expect and qualifications you will need.

What is a Tramway Construction Operative?

A Tramway Constructive Operative plays a crucial role in the construction industry. This course typically lasts 18 months. This apprenticeship involves a high standard of technical work relating to the construction and renewal of the Tramway the environment. A typical day might consist of setting up and maintaining a temporary traffic management system. Additional duties also include carrying out site clearance activities; the removal of waste and reusable items. Using a range of handheld tools and equipment is key in this role. Do you enjoy interacting with a range of people? As an apprentice, you will meet people from various parts of the sector, such as engineers, designers and councils. As a result, you will get exposure to different construction methods, gaining transferable skills essential to any role! You can also check out some more construction apprenticeship roles on offer.

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Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative – You will be responsible for the renewal of tramways

What Skills Can I Gain From an Apprenticeship?

Skills

  • Planing and installing traffic systems, barriers and walkways
  • Supporting construction renewal activities
  • Communicating with teams and also being the central point for any questions and queries
  • Working in accordance with health and safety regulations

Knowledge

  • The tramway environment, including history, customers, structures
  • The principles of civil engineering
  • Construction and inspection methods and techniques
  • Safe working practices and code of conduct

Behaviours

  • Professionalism
  • Customer Service
  • Confident in taking accountability and questioning methods
  • Reliable and dependable

What Do I Need?

Level 1 and 2 English and Mathematics is required for this apprenticeship. You will need to take Level 2 English and Mathematics before your EPA, if you do not have this. Additionally, a knowledge of the tramway environment is desirable. Specifically, understanding how pedestrianised and traffic areas relate to each other. Communication skills are essential as you will be liaising with various stakeholders throughout your role.

How Much Does a Tramway Construction Operative Earn?

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.81 per hour. However, upon completing your first year, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate for your age. Typically, a Tramway Construction Operative earns around £36,000 annually.

Interested?

This Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative apprenticeship is a great way to kick-start your construction career. You will also gain the essential skills and qualifications to help develop yourself and your future.

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Fire Emergency/Security Systems Technician Apprenticeship

Level 3 Fire Emergency and Security Systems Technician Apprenticeship

Does installing and maintaining fire emergency and security systems for homes and commercial properties interest you? Do you value the safety of people’s working and home lives? Keep reading to see if this apprenticeship could be your ticket to a promising career in fire emergency and security systems.

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Jobs and entry criteria for the level 3 fire emergency and security systems technician apprenticeship

This apprenticeship provides the foundations for finding a role in the fire emergency and security systems sector. These include roles such as: fire alarm technician or security engineer. Fire alarm technician salaries average at £28,000 with an achievable salary of £38,000 making for a fruitful career option. If you are looking towards the security engineer role, this has an average salary of £40,000 with a potential salary of £74,000. This of course being the higher of the two salaries would be more lucrative, however, it is important to note that money is not the be-all and end-all and that it is important to search for a job role that you will enjoy and professionally prosper. The level 3 fire emergency and security systems technician apprenticeship could be the keystone to you successfully obtaining the career path you are looking for, and even breaching out to other related areas in the far future.

With regards to entry requirements, these will be determined individually by employers however apprentices must show the necessary literacy and numeracy skills required to achieve the main outcomes of the programme. However, apprentices who do not currently hold a level 2 in English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship. It is also important to note that an employer’s decision to employ you can heavily depend on whether or not they think that you are the right fit for their organisation.

What key responsibilities will you need for this apprenticeship?

The general role of a technician in this field is to be able to implement fire safety and security into systems situated in commercial buildings and homes. The main focus is the installation of these systems followed by maintenance to protect properties from risk and danger. The projects will vary in complexity, which as a technician you will gradually begin to understand and work towards becoming competent in this field.

Core Competencies

With regards to the job role, you will need to satisfy the following competencies:

  • Understand health and safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices.
  • Complete installation and testing techniques for electrical and electronic components, equipment and control systems for fire, emergency and security systems.
  • Understand fundamental principles and quality processes associated with industry/company codes of practices.
  • Understand fundamental design criteria, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire, emergency, security systems and components.
  • Know how to  store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or  receive data/information electronically in a digital form across a range of ICT applications (e.g. personal computers, digital transmission over IP, email, mobile communication technology).
  • Be compliant to environmental legislation and the impact of processes and technologies associated with fire, emergency and security systems.
  • Follow principles of high-quality customer service and the needs of others.
  • Use different communication styles, know how to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner and how to adapt communication style to suit different situations.
  • Understand commercial risks and responsibilities.

The competencies listed above will be detailed in the appropriate apprenticeship documents.

Knowledge modules

  • Fire
  • Security
  • Fire and emergency lighting
  • Fire and security (both themes have equal weighting throughout)
  • Working safely
  • System technologies
  • Supervisory

These are the general areas which you will be studying. Exams will be taken on these areas and is concluded by and end point assessment. This includes a knowledge test and a practical skills test, followed by a professional discussion.

Conclusion

Taking in the above-mentioned, you can see that the level 3 fire emergency and security systems technician apprenticeship creates a fantastic foundation for those pursuing a career in the fire safety/security industry. This course provides the necessary skills to advance your career and progress in this industry. With the way that the modern world is progressing, anyone who commits their career to fire safety/systems will have a plethora of career choices and a prosperous future ahead of themselves.

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Level 2 – Fencing Installer Apprenticeship

Role Overview

There’s much more to fence installation than you might think. A fencing installer has a lot of responsibilities. With the potential to operate in a variety of different environments, from commercial to residential, it will mean that no two days are the same. Due to the mass diversity in the industry, there are multiple opportunities available to anyone looking to start a fencing installer apprenticeship.

A fence installer does much more than placing down fencing. They are required to inspect locations and determine suitable areas to work in. They must also be able to recommend appropriate fencing materials that can be used for the build, ensuring these are all treated to withstand all weather conditions. Along with all this, a fence installer must also follow all health and safety guidelines.

Then, during the project, the installer must level out the ground the fence is being installed on. Once this has been achieved, they need to dig out the areas for the fencing to sit. To do this they use an array of tools including both handheld and/or mechanical excavators. They will then fix posts that are made from materials such as wood, vinyl and metal to the base. 

Fencing Installer Apprenticeship Overview

The fencing installer apprenticeship lasts 18 months, during which the apprentice will learn the skills and knowledge needed to kick-start their journey into the industry of fence installation. This apprenticeship standard comes with maximum funding of £8,000 and could earn the apprentice a level 2 qualification in fence installation. The EQA provider is the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. Throughout the 18 months, the apprentice will deal with a combination of practical and classroom-based learning.  

Why Apprenticeships?

As opposed to sitting in a classroom all day, a government apprenticeship offers valuable first-hand experience and skills in your desired industry. You will always be adding to your CV as the apprenticeship progresses, making you a more desirable candidate for any future roles you apply for. Whilst accruing the skills and knowledge of your industry of choice, you will also be earning a respectable wage.  

Perhaps you’re looking to further develop your skills in an industry you are currently working in. Although you may have your foot in the door you might be thinking about creating more opportunities for yourself and an apprenticeship can help you develop new skills as well as improve those you already have. Or maybe you need some further qualifications to make yourself an appropriate candidate for a promotion.  

No matter the reason, there is an apprenticeship for you. Here we take a deep dive into the Level 2 Fencing Installer apprenticeship.  

Colleagues communicating with one another on the job. Showing a skill gained through a fencing installer apprenticeship.

Skills  

The skills the apprentice will learn and develop: 

  • Communication 
  • Interpersonal 
  • Operate and control a variety of equipment/tools 
  • Customer service 
  • Quality control 
  • How to treat different materials 
  • The difference between fence components 
  • Carrying our risk assessments  
  • Follow health and safety guidelines 
  • Reading plans and briefs 

Knowledge 

The knowledge the apprentice will gain: 

  • Safety conscious behaviour  
  • Differences between materials and their pros and cons 
  • The purpose of the different types of fences 
  • Storing and handling different materials and tools 
  • Reading and interpreting measurements 
  • Treating and repairing different materials 

Behaviours 

  • Strong work ethic, making sure the best service is being provided 
  • Must be able to use their own initiative when making decisions 
  • Good time management 
  • Work sensibly and safely to comply with guidelines 
  • Must be able to work to a high standard independently and as a team 
  • Attention to detail 

Future Jobs

Some of the opportunities a fencing installer apprenticeship can lead to: 

  • Work towards a degree apprenticeship 
  • Self-employment, creating a new firm 
  • Lead installer 
  • Contract management 
  • Landscaping 
  • Construction labourer 

There are also a variety of different industries: 

  • Domestic 
  • Agricultural 
  • Commercial 
  • Security 
  • Infrastructure 

Potential Salary 

Throughout the 18 months an apprentice can expect to receive a weekly wage of anywhere from £129 – £300+ a week, depending on the hours worked and the employer. After the apprenticeship, the average salary for a starter fence installer is £18,000 a year. 

Entry Requirements 

As this is a level 2 apprenticeship, there is only one requirement that requires the applicant to be over the age of 16.  

Qualifications 

By the end of the apprenticeship, the apprentice must have both Level 1 and 2 English and Math qualifications. This will be required before entering the end-point assessment. The apprentice will also gather enough knowledge to help meet the requirements of the Fencing Industry Skill Standard/Construction Skills Certification Scheme (FISS/CSCS).  

Conclusion 

If you’re someone who loves working outdoors and always taking on new challenges then a fencing installation apprenticeship is the one for you. If you’d like to learn more about the role then click here

Perhaps you don’t quite see yourself becoming a fence installer but like the sound of working outdoors, take a look at these other engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships

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Level 3 Digital Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Image of a man and a woman looking at a digital representation of an engineering plan. Paper engineering plans on the table in front of them.

Do you have a passion to help a wider team complete complex tasks using digital techniques? If this sounds like it would suit you, read on to find out how the Level 3 Digital Engineering Technician apprenticeship could help start your new career.

Key Responsibilities of a Digital Engineering Technician Apprentice

A Digital Engineering Technician helps produce detailed solutions to achieve the best performance of built environment projects through the use of digital models and presentations produced using software, sketches and electronic visualisations. This role will help support Digital Engineers and other functional specialists in completing complex tasks using digital techniques.

Entry Requirements for the Level 3 Digital Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

What does it take to get on a digital engineering technician apprenticeship? The typical entry requirements for this apprenticeship are 5 GCSEs or equivalent, including Maths and English; or a Level 2 apprenticeship. Employers may have their own entry requirements, so it is best to check with them to see what they ask for.

Core Competencies of a Digital Engineering Technician Apprentice

The course lasts 36 months, not including the End-Point Assessment (EPA) period. During this time, you will carry out many duties that could help fulfil different core competencies which you will be assessed on. Examples of some duties include:

  • Virtualisation and simulation;
  • Digital management of design, production and management of assets;
  • Communicate complex engineering principles to stakeholders;
  • Integration of construction data and information;
  • Follow the standards and regulation of digital information.

Digital Engineering Technician Knowledge Modules

Throughout this apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to learn whilst on the job. However, you will also have knowledge modules that will help you understand:

  • Health and safety industry regulations, and how to identify basic health and safety outputs digitally
  • Sustainability issues in projects across various aspects
  • How engineering principles, codes and standards work in built environment
  • Principles of the commercial procedures and reporting on stages of construction project
  • Quantification and costing within a digital environment
  • How design brief proposals are prepared
  • Aware of how to apply technology and the human to technology interfaces
  • The importance of project planning and resourcing
  • The quality required throughout the lifecycle
  • The construction industry and its sectors
  • Awareness of objectives set by clients and employers
  • Basic research techniques to ensure integrity of knowledge discovery

The apprenticeship will help you understand these knowledge, skills and behaviours which will help you in your future career and further qualifications if you decide to continue pursuing this career path.

Qualifications You’ll Earn from the Digital Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Once you have completed a digital engineering technician apprenticeship, you will gain qualifications in the following:

  • English and Maths will be required to be demonstrated at Level 2;
  • BTEC Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment;
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Built Environment Design.

These qualifications are equivalent to A-levels.

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Potential Jobs and Future Career

After completing this apprenticeship, you could progress to Construction Design Manager, Construction Quantity Surveyor, Construction Site Manager, and Civil Engineering Site Manager. Should you want to pursue a job as a Construction Design Manager, they apply similar skills that you would learn on this apprenticeship, such as commercial awareness, communication, and attention to detail. Construction Design Managers have an average salary of £25,000 to £90,000 so it is a lucrative career that you could look at developing in.

Other careers like Construction Quantity Surveyor have salaries that start from £25,000 and could go up to £80,000 at senior management levels. Similar to Construction Design Managers, this role has skills that can be applied that you will learn on the digital engineering technician apprenticeship.

The digital engineering technician apprenticeship has been designed to deliver the right competencies, knowledge and understanding to meet the requirements of Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) or other industry affiliated schemes, so you will not be ill-equipped if you decide to continue pursuing a career in this field.

Professional Regulation

As mentioned, the knowledge, skills and behaviours from this apprenticeship are required to help achieve Technician/Associate status through the following professional institutions:

The professional review process is also included in the assessment process of the apprenticeship.

Conclusion

For someone considering a construction career, this apprenticeship is a great starting point to get the transferable skills you need to continue developing as a digital engineering technician. A Digital Engineering Technician Apprenticeship will allow you to gain qualifications which will give you a strong foothold in further qualifications and professional regulations in this sector. In addition to learning and building your skills, you will be able to earn money and work in a real work environment, equipping you with the skills needed to succeed as you develop your career.

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Level 6 Civil Engineering Apprenticeship

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Introduction

First things first – what is Civil Engineering?

Before we get to the Civil Engineering Apprenticeship – a Civil Engineer is in charge of much of the visible infrastructure around us. They plan, design, construct & maintain the important structures and facilities within society, such as: roads, airports, bridges, tunnels & much more. You only need look outside to see the vast & important work that a Civil Engineer does.

As a Civil Engineer you can work in both the public and private sector – for instance local/central government departments, engineering consultancies, research and development and more. Within these organisations, some of the roles could include:

  • Sustainable construction
  • Utilities
  • Rail
  • Water engineering
  • Nuclear Power
  • Structural Integrity
  • Geotechnics
  • Tunnelling
  • Marine & Coastal Engineering
  • Waste Management
  • Flood Management
  • Transportation

Level 6 Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Who is this suitable for?

  • Students leaving school interested in an alternative study route
  • Existing employees keen to develop further skills & knowledge

What are the entry requirements?

Firstly, and most obviously, to apply for a degree apprenticeship in Civil Engineering you will need to be in the employ of a relevant business or organization.

Candidates typically will need to have at least three A levels between the grades A*-C within subjects including mathematics and a science such as chemistry, physics or any other earth sciences. The equivalent qualifications could also be gained from the completion of a Level 3 Apprenticeship within the same medium of study (Civil Engineering).

What are the qualifications you will gain?

On the completion of your Level 6 Apprenticeship you will gain an accredited BSc or BEng civil engineering degree from the Joint Board of Moderators.

Additionally, Apprentices without level 2 English & maths will need to successfully achieve this prior to completing their end-point assessment.

Typical length of Apprenticeship prior to Gateway?

Usually a Level 6 Apprenticeship will last 66 months, not including the EPA period, and is the equivalent of a degree.

What can you expect to learn during this apprenticeship?

A Civil Engineer will develop knowledge across:

  • Engineering Materials – here you will be introduced to the key materials you will work with in civil engineering. This will include topics such as soil mechanics & geology, as well as encounters with materials like steel, brick, concrete, ceramics and organic materials. Within this you shall develop a deep understanding of the properties of these materials and how they can be effectively applied in your role as a Civil Engineer.
  • Engineering Mathematics & Mechanics – this is an essential part of your studies & career progression within civil engineering, as you will a full and comprehensive understanding of the advanced mathematical techniques that are used within this field & construction. The mathematical & mechanical skills gained from this course will in turn enable you to solve problems within the field civil engineering.
  • Structural Analysis & Design – You will learn how elements such as steel & reinforces concrete behave when used structurally – gaining an in-depth understanding of how they are designed. Additionally, you will have broad knowledge of the technologies, both old and emerging, in the construction industry.
  • Graphical Communication & IT – As a civil engineer you must be able to effectively use modern design and graphical communication tools, necessary within the civil engineering industry. This includes basic fundamental skills such as hand sketching and drawing, as well as confidently produce two and three-dimensional Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings. Graphical communication also encompasses Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Engineering Surveying – here you will gain a clear understanding of both the basic principles, as well as the activities and skills needed for the planning and execution of surveys for the planning, design, development ,construction, operation, and maintenance of engineered projects. This includes gaining practical skills using surveying instruments.
  • Infrastructure Engineering – this will expand your knowledge and understanding of infrastructure topics such as rail, water, highways and transport. This focus on the urban environment will allow you to truly appreciate the process of planning, designing, rational problem-solving involved in the creation & implementation of new major infrastructure. You will also consider sustainable infrastructure, the environmental impact of such schemes, and the legislation that effects all decisions at this level.
  • Ethics & Moral Responsibilities – As a Civil Engineer you will be granted considerable responsibilities – so it is vital you understand the ethical codes that must be upheld within your new chosen profession.
  • Project Management – You will learn not only how to manage teams effectively, but also how to effectively run complex projects end-to-end – this will include the planning of resources, contracts, financial costs, regulating of quality standards, considering risks and resolutions, profitability and much more.

Why Choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

Within a Civil Engineering Level 6 Apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to not only gain a BSC or BEng accredited degree in Civil Engineering, but alongside your studies develop vital work-based skills, all whilst earning a wage at the same time.

A considerable advantage of a degree apprenticeship is the on-the-job training – as you will have many extra years of relevant work experience – potentially opening up great career opportunities and industry connections along the way. All of this could in turn boost your overall employability and chances to progress in your career.

Additionally, due to new government funding you won’t have to pay any University tuition. Why? Because your employer will be fully responsible for all course fees.

FAQs

What type of degree is this?

This is a non-integrated degree, which means that there will be a separate end-point assessment. This assessment will test your overall knowledge, capability, key behaviours and skills developed over the course of your chosen degree. This will standalone from your degree assessment.

Fees & Funding

Maximum funding is £27,000. This is the maximum that the government will offer to fund apprenticeship training. You yourself do not have to fund an apprenticeship, all money will come from the government.

What is the Joint Board of Moderators

The Joint Board of Moderators are group of institutions that assess and offer guidance on the accreditation of pertinent educational courses. If approved, graduates of the course can register as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council. In a nutshell, they help to set the standard for Civil Engineering in the UK.

The organizations that form the Joint Board of Moderators are:

How do I apply for an Apprenticeship

Usually you would be enrolled by the company that you are working for, however you can search for Apprenticeship either through the website listed above, or for more information on how to become enrolled in a Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship visit https://findapprenticeshiptraining.apprenticeships.education.gov.uk/courses/200

Conclusion

A Level 6 Civil Engineering Apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for you to drive your own career progression in an exciting and varied industry.

In completion of the course you will not only have an accredited degree, but over 5 years work experience and importantly gained some invaluable industry connections.

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Launch your career as a Utilities Engineering Technician with a Level 3 apprenticeship

A Utilities Engineering Technician works on an electrical device on site.

Have you always had a bit of a flare for repairing systems which other people find too complicated? Have you always wanted a career where every day is different? A Level 3 Utilities Engineering Technician apprenticeship can be your launchpad to a successful and prosperous career.

So what does a normal day look like for a Utilities Engineering Technician?

Utilities Engineering Technicians often find themselves in the field on various sites, performing maintenance on electrical and mechanical equipment to ensure the safety of others and to ensure that sites are running at maximum efficiency. A job such as this is highly skilled and requires a punctual mindset.

Here are some specific tasks you will be responsible for on a daily basis, should you become a Level 3 Utilities Engineering Technician:

  • Carry out routine inspections, monitoring conditions and reporting on those conditions
  • Follow and comply with the latest health and safety and environmental regulations for the industry you are working in
  • Carry out maintenance on waste and water systems, plant and equipment
  • Use state-of-the-art machinery to create, repair and modify components
  • Stick to planned maintenance procedures but also being prepared to act reactively to issues
  • Communicate with contractors, giving advice and guidance on equipment usage
  • Handover and confirm completion of activities
  • Interpret computer data and work to specifications and documentation
  • Carry out risk assessments
  • Carry out safe isolation of equipment
  • Drive vehicles with the necessary equipment on board to carry out site tasks
  • Install, maintain and replace equipment as and when needed

How do you know if this role is right for you?

Certain jobs require a person with a certain mindset and attract a certain personality. This is no different with a Level 3 Utilities Engineering Apprenticeship. Here are some common traits and behaviours among Utility Engineers.

  • Self disciplined, self-motivated and punctual
  • Takes responsibility for their own work, and the work for those they are responsible for
  • Has a polite and professional demeanour
  • Has the ability to think and act quickly
  • Are risk aware and can minimise risk
  • Prepared and organised
A Utilities Engineering Technician collaborating with others on site to diagnose a problem.

A fully qualified Utility Engineer will have three roles, in which this apprenticeship will give you thorough experience and training.

Electrical

The Electrical side of Utility Engineering will involve the inspection, monitoring, maintenance and repairing of electrical systems. This means, daily, you will need to test electrical equipment on a range of different sites and assist with the installation of new or modified equipment. Diagnosing electrical issues requires being able to diagnose faults on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Mechanical

The mechanical side of Utility Engineering will involve the application of mechanical theories to carry out diagnostics. On a regular basis, you will be testing mechanical equipment and assist in installing them. Once fully qualified, you will be using your mechanical skillset to install, maintain and dismantle a wide range of complex plant machinery. Maintenance is one aspect, but you will also be expected to ensure machinery is running at maximum efficiency. This may involve the modification or application of lubricants.

Instrumental Control and Automation

This side of Utility Engineering involves maintaining, repairing, and monitoring instrumentation and control equipment and circuits. It will be your responsibility to test and calibrate equipment and circuits and assisting in the installation of them. You will be able to identify problems because of data feedback and use this data to carry out repairs. Not only will you be able to carry out these tasks, but you will also be responsible in guiding and supporting the users of the equipment on a day-to-day basis, to prevent the need to carry out repairs in the future.

What can you expect from the apprenticeship course itself?

Due to level of skills required in this role, an apprenticeship of this type will typically take up to 48 months to complete. If you do not meet the minimum level 2 English and Maths requirements, you will need to achieve this level before you can complete their apprenticeship. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be eligible for an Engineering Technician professional registration. This apprenticeship is Level 3.

Conclusion

If you are technical, love to be hands on and are driven to succeed, a Level 3 Utilities Engineering Technician apprenticeship might just be for you. Engineering is in the top 20 highest earning career types, making this career pathway a tough one to beat.

If you would like to learn more about this apprenticeship, or would like to apply, get in touch with us today.

Textile Manufacturing Operative – Level 2 Apprentice

Textile Manufacturing Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships route is becoming more meaningful to young people. It’s provides opportunities for young people to explore their career paths while studying also. We aim to provide career opportunities to young people.Therefore, we have an opportunity for you to become a Textile Manufacture. You’ll gain a level 2 qualification, alongside with critical work experience.

Why become an apprentice ?

An apprenticeship program is a good way to build working skills and earn a valuable qualification. For example, an apprenticeship can help you gain access to a company as a full time employee and become a valuable member to the team. This will put you in a strong position to land a permanent role.

Apprenticeships appeal to those interested alternatives to university as they take a more practical approach to learning. Studying for an apprenticeship is free compared to studying at University which will cost £9,250 per year in tuition fees. Therefore, leaving a student for young people to pay. However, an apprenticeship is free and on completion you may hold an NVQ, HNC, BTEC or HND.

What is a Textile Manufacturing Operative – Level 2 Apprentice ?

A textile Manufacturing Operative is a occupation who works within the textile Manufacturing industry and produces textiles. In detail, you’ll be working for 18 months ( does not include EPA period) learning how to carding, spinning, twisting, warping and other roles at introductory level of manufacturing. As you’ll be enrolled as an apprentice, you’ll be known as ‘operative’ and report to a technician, supervisor or line manager.

The apprentice responsibility’s is to display consistency while developing textile production in a manufacturing environment. Usually there are less than 250 employees which gives you the chance to flourish in this field. Apprentices that complete this apprentice go into full time employment at the company.

Did you know that manufacturing technologies is the most popular apprenticeship framework in 2019/20, with 14,000 starts. This means that this industry is growing and companies are more willing to take onboard younger people in this field, which leads onto apprentices having successful careers.

What are the daily responsibilities ?

  • Demonstrate the health, safety & welfare acts to ensure safety management is in place
  • Display quality standards by checking production and quality of manufactured textile products
  • Interpret Data & instructions by viewing production records, specifications and process meeting plans
  • utilising raw materials associated with textile production from raw fibre. Knowledge of products such as fibre-yarn-fabric & natural and man-made fibres
  • Conducting time management skills
  • Portraying Textile manufacturing Techniques by using the equipment to understand appearances, measurements and production sequencing routines
  • Precision and focus on maintaining the highest standards of precision and excellence as appropriate to mechanise textile production
  • Knowledge of the supply chain of how goods and service arrive at the business and where they go to after being manufactured

Do I receive qualification from this ?

Apprenticeships are different to traditional academic qualifications because they combine practice and theory with a mixture of on-the-job and off-the-job training. To enroll successfully you’d need to have both level 1 English and Maths to take the test for level 2 before taking their end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or legacy statement the apprenticeships English and Maths minimum requirements is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for whom their is their primary Language. 

At the end of the 18 Month Apprenticeship the apprentice is awarded certificate as a Textile Manufacturing Operative – Level 2 Apprentice .

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Level 7 Systems Engineer Apprenticeship

Level 7 Systems Engineer degree apprentice at work

Does solving complex engineering challenges by overseeing the engineering, business and management parts of a system or project sound exciting to you? Then a Level 7 Systems Engineer Apprenticeship might be the program to start your professional career!

In this article, you will find information on the following points (click on any of them to go straight away to that part):

1. Occupational Profile for Systems Engineering

1.1. What is Systems engineering

Systems engineering is a multidisciplinary field that combines the responsibilities of engineering and management. It is a process that defines, plans, and implements the projects for the development, integration, operation, and maintenance of systems.

The most common form of systems engineering is project-based. It revolves around major projects such as transportation infrastructure development and environmental protection projects. The other form of system engineering is product-based, and it focuses on designing and developing products like computers or coffee makers.

1.2. Who is it for?

Level 7 apprenticeships are equivalent to a masters degree, so this apprenticeship standard is for self-motivated graduates with an upper second class or higher award in an electronic engineering or another science degree.

1.3. What does a Systems Engineer do at work?

As a Systems Engineer apprentice you will work closely with project managers and employees from business development and/or sales teams. You might be responsible for building and managing teams of skilled workers and specialists in scientific and technological areas.

As a Systems Engineer you may also have a customer-oriented role, to supervise the system and make sure that it meets customer and user needs and expectations.

1.4. What jobs can you get with a Level 7 Systems Engineer Apprenticeship?

People who choose this career often hold jobs like: Lead Engineer, Project Engineer, Technical Lead, Acquisition Engineer; Systems Engineer; Test Engineer; Requirements Engineer; Requirements Manager, Systems Architect, Systems Designer, Systems Analyst, Engineering Manager, Systems Specialist, Technical Manager, in-service Engineer, Through-life Systems Engineer, Operation and Support Engineer, Acceptance Engineer, Integration Engineer, Interface Manager.

2. Key duties of a Systems Engineer (Level 7) apprentice

As part of your job role as a Systems Engineer, you will perform tasks and duties that will allow you to meet certain competencies. Some of these key duties will be:

  • Define and manage the system lifecycle for a project
  • Define and manage project requirements
  • Manage project risk
  • Model and analyse systems
  • Generate solution concepts
  • Architect and design systems
  • Plan and manage systems integration
  • Plan and execute system verification and validation
  • Provide technical leadership within a project
  • Support transition of the system into the operational environment
  • Provide systems-level in-service support of the system
  • Support technical aspects of project management
  • Take responsibility for configuration and data management
  • Co-ordinate technical outputs and work of multi-disciplinary teams
Systems Engineer working on a production system in a factory.
Level 7 Systems Engineer apprentice working on a production system in a factory.
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3. Knowledge, skills, behaviours of a Systems Engineer (Level 7)

There are several knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required of a systems engineer. Throughout your apprenticeship you will develop and improve each one of these. To see the complete lists, visit Institute for Apprenticeships’ “Systems Engineer Degree page.

3.1. Knowledge required to be a Systems Engineer

  • K1. Systems engineering lifecycle processes.
  • K2. The role a system plays in the super system of which it is a part.
  • K3. The characteristics of good quality requirements and the need for traceability.
  • K4. The distinction between risk, issue, and opportunity and the different forms of treatment available.
  • K5. The benefits and risks associated with modelling and analysis.
  • K6. How creativity, ingenuity, experimentation and accidents or errors, often lead to technological and engineering successes and advances.
  • K7. Different types of systems architecture and techniques used to support the architectural design process (i.e. the specification of systems elements and their relationships).
  • K8. Non-functional design attributes such as manufacturability, testability, reliability, maintainability, affordability, safety, security, human factors, environmental impacts, robustness and resilience, flexibility, interoperability, capability growth, disposal, cost, natural variations, etc.
  • K9. Integration as a logical sequence to confirm the system design, architecture, and interfaces.
  • K10. Interface management and its potential impact on the integrity of the system solution.

3.2. Skills required to be a Systems Engineer

  • S1. Select appropriate lifecycle for a system or element of a system and establish its lifecycle stages and the relationships between them.
  • S2. Define context of a system from a range of viewpoints including system boundaries and external interfaces.
  • S3. Use appropriate methods to analyse stakeholder needs to produce good quality, consistent requirements with acceptance criteria and manage them throughout system development.
  • S4. Identify, analyse, recommend treatment, and monitor and communicate risks and opportunities throughout project.
  • S5. Generate a physical, mathematical, or logical representation of a system entity, phenomenon or process.
  • S6. Apply creativity, innovation and problem solving techniques to system development or operation.
  • S7. Define the systems architecture and derived requirements to produce an implementable solution that enables a balanced and optimum result that considers all stakeholder requirements across all stages of the lifecycle.
  • S8. Identify, define, and control interactions across system or system element boundaries.
  • S9. Assemble a set of system elements and aggregate into the realised system, product, or service using appropriate techniques to test interfaces, manage data flows, implement control mechanisms, and verify that elements and aggregates perform as expected.
  • S10. Define verification plans (including tests) to obtain objective evidence that a system of system element fulfils its specified requirements and characteristics.

3.3. Behaviours that a Systems Engineer should demonstrate

  • B1. Adopt and encourage within the team an holistic thinking approach to system development.
  • B2. Perform negotiations with stakeholders recognizing different styles of negotiating parties and adapts own style accordingly.
  • B3. Adopt and encourage within the team a critical thinking approach using a logical critique of work including assumptions, approaches, arguments, conclusions, and decisions.
  • B4. Take personal responsibility for health and safety practices and sustainable development.
  • B5. Operate with integrity and in an ethical manner and ensure that team members perform with integrity and in an ethical manner.
  • B6. Take a proactive and systematic approach to resolving operational issues.
  • B7. Maintain awareness of developments in sciences, technologies and related engineering disciplines.

4. Entry criteria for a Level 7 Systems Engineer Degree

Each employer and academic training provider can have their own entry criteria. What would normally be expected from the apprentice is to have already achieved:

  • a level 5 STEM qualification and 5 years relevant experience

or

  • a level 3 or 4 STEM qualification and 10 years relevant experience.

5. Qualification and link to Professional Recognition after completion

After completion of the apprenticeship program, you will get awarded a master’s degree in Systems Engineering.

You will also achieve the standard of Practitioner against a selected profile of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) competencies.

Finally, the program will also provide you with a route towards the knowledge, experience and competence required to apply for recognition by INCOSE as a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) and to apply to be registered by the Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

6. Conclusion

The Level 7 Systems Engineer apprenticeship is a great program to take your career to the next level, by increasing your knowledge and skills in systems engineering.

With its completion, you will get awarded a masters degree, and be able to efficiently take roles as a Lead Engineer, Project Engineer, Technical Lead, Acquisition Engineer, Systems Engineer, Test Engineer, etc.

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Science manufacturing technician – Level 3 apprentice

What is it like to be a Level 3 apprentice?

group of diverse Science manufacturing technician apprentices in team outing photo with family members

Apprenticeships work differently depending on the industry, level and length. Science manufacturing technician apprentice is like most apprenticeships. It offers a non-degree qualification to start your career path. It essentially allows you to learn while gaining on the job experience. Really it is a job, with a salary and contract of employment. It gives chance to study while you are working.

Who are apprenticeships available to?

Available to those 16 and over, apprenticeships in science offer hands on experience. Combined with at least 20% of your time in off-the-job learning at a college, university, training provider or within your workplace. Then this time is often away from day to day working environment and duties.

What are level 3 apprenticeships?

Level 3 apprenticeships are:

  • Generally considered to be the same level as two A level passes.
  • Often referred to as an advanced apprenticeship.
  • Entry requirements vary, but you will usually need at least five GCSEs with grades 9 to 4 with English and maths.

In general, the main appeal of a level 3 apprenticeship is the ability to learn while gaining on the job experience. Especially if you are coming straight out of high school or are looking for an A-Level equivalent. It helps to start off on the career you want to go with. Here is more information on the official government site. This is on Level 3 technical apprenticeships at gov/apprentice-levels. It dives in to what each level means in more detail.

Science manufacturing technician apprentice

The primary role of a science manufacturing technician apprentice is to operate the systems and equipment. You are essentially involved in the production of products. As part of your Science manufacturing technician apprentice role you may work in varied conditions. Then you may have to wear specialist safety equipment, shift work. You will also be on sites running 365 day operations. Usually you may work across a variety of projects, providing technical solutions to a range of people. Part of your job; as a Science manufacturing technician apprentice is to document and report the results of your role. You may also start making recommendations to improve performance on the site.

Science manufacturing technician apprentice working in lab

Leader’s perspectives on apprenticeships

Throughout my career, some of my best hires have been people who have bypassed the traditional route of university and learned their skills through apprenticeship schemes or alternative education courses.

Peter Jones

Details from other articles on being a science manufacturing technician apprentice

Science manufacturing technicians work in a wide range of companies. This includes chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products and nuclear manufacturing. A science manufacturing technician will operate the systems and equipment, involved in the production of products. They may work in varied conditions including wearing specialist safety equipment. As mentioned before you also have shift work and on sites running 365 day operations. Many companies operate under highly regulated conditions. There is also a premium placed on appropriate attitudes and behaviours to ensure employees comply with organisational safety and regulatory requirements.

Science manufacturing technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team. They are able to work with minimum supervision. One should also take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems. Emphasis on identifying areas for improving their work environment.

Apprentice Tips for a science manufacturing technician apprentice

For a science manufacturing technician apprentice there is a wide range of apprenticeship types across the UK. They have a range of learning options and time commitments to suit you. In addition, for more information check out www.apprenticetips.com. Furthermore, you can read internal articles for knowledge of each of the approved apprenticeships in the UK.

Level 3 Rail Engineering Apprenticeship

Railway Engineers hard at work

Are you looking to kickstart your career in The Railway? If yes, a Rail Engineering Apprenticeship is where you need to be. Rail can represent an interesting and rewarding career path. As a Railway Engineer, you will be doing work that makes a difference to millions of passengers everyday. The apprenticeship is a fantastic way to build on your existing skills and develop new ones that will be essential to your future in the business. 

Not only is this career fun and rewarding, you are also looking at the potential to earn up to £70,000 with the average salary starting at £25,000. 

Occupational Profile for Railway Engineering

Rail Engineering Technicians will provide technical support to Rail Engineers. Some examples of what the engineering disciplines will cover include; track, overhead line, signalling and telecommunications. As an apprentice you will have the opportunity to undertake the core learning and specialise in one particular field. Job titles include: Track Technician, Overhead Line Technician, Electrification Technician, Traction & Rolling Stock Technician, Signalling Technician, Telecoms Technician and Rail Systems Technician.

The entry requirements for this role are typically at least GCSEs in English Language at Grades 9-4, Maths at Grades 9-5 and one other subject at Grades 9-4. Or you will hold an NVQ or BTEC Level 2 of above in an Engineering subject or equivalents. 

Core Knowledge, Skills and behaviours of a Railway Engineer (level 3)

There are several knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required of a railway engineer. Throughout your apprenticeship you will develop and improve each one of these. To see the complete lists, visit Institute for Apprenticeships’ “Rail Engineer Apprenticeship page.

Knowledge Required

  • Safe and Professional working practices 
  • The scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical and design principles
  • How to work effectively and contribute to engineering solutions and innovation
  • The importance of 3rd party requirements and client confidentiality
  • How the railway works commercially   

Skills Required

  • Keep themselves and others safe by adhering to safe working practices.
  • Plan a high standard of technical work
  • Deliver a high standard of technical work
  • Solve problems
  • Manage resources
  • Communicate effectively

Behaviours that a railway engineer should demonstrate

  • Act professionally
  • Be risk aware
  • Display a self-disciplined, self-motivated, proactive approach to work
  • Work reliably and safely
  • Work effectively and efficiently, individually and as part of a team
  • Receptive to feedback
  • Prepared to make a personal commitment

Specific Knowledge and Skills:

In addition, for the discipline they are following, Technicians will have the following specific knowledge and skills regarding different techniques and methods used to construct, install, maintain and renew The Railway.

Track. You will need a good understanding of track geometry, the requirements, methods and techniques to install track. The impact of the railway environment e.g. tunnels, embankments, vegetation and drainage. Be able to undertake detailed inspection and analyze the performance and condition of track. 

Electrification. Be able to work to high and low voltage power rules, isolation and earthing of electrical systems at different voltages. Work on live battery & inverter systems. Understand, manage and maintain harmonic & power quality systems, transformer rectifiers, motor generators and transformers, DC traction breakers, protection and SCADA control systems.

Overhead Lines. Knowledge of excavation, ground works, different ‘piling’ methods and foundations. Understand construction design and bonding layouts, electrical clearance, insulation installation wiring and risks around radial load and correct methodology. 

Signaling. Understanding and application of safety integrity and fundamental signaling principles as applied to train control systems, the varying types of signal control and the signaling symbols and alphabet used in signaling design drawings. 

Telecoms. Understanding telecoms principles and associated operating procedures for railway communication and information systems (and systems interfaces) including optical networks, passenger alarm, customer information, CCTV and wireless networks. 

Traction & Rolling Stock. Understanding of vehicle design, construction, maintenance and operation. Working knowledge of the traction and rolling stock systems, sub systems and components which include mechanical, electrical, process controller and fluid power equipment. 

Rail Systems. This is a specialism in its own right and requires knowledge and skills from across the rail engineering disciplines above to be able to provide technical support and direction across a number of disciplines including traffic management systems, new train control systems, wheel/rail interface, remote condition monitoring and the requirements of a digital railway.

What Qualifications will you gain?

Qualifications gained during this Apprenticeship:

– Level 3 Rail Engineering (Competence)

– Level 3 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge)

Duration of Apprenticeship:

Typically 36 months. This will depend on your previous experience and access to opportunities.

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