Level 3, Flexible

Apply Now

Contact Employer Services on 0151 551 7610

This Advanced Apprenticeship focuses on the technical aspects of engineering manufacture, to enable the potential apprentice to become a skilled machinist, tool-maker, metal forger, skilled sheet metal worker, skilled fitter, composite technician, pipe fitter and assembler. It allows employers to train both new and incumbent staff in a professional engineering environment, to a level that supports the needs of their business.

Course details

The Apprentice framework includes the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology
  • Level 2 Functional Skill English
  • Level 2 Functional Skill maths
  • Level 2 Functional Skill ICT

Mandatory Units

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
  • Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
  • Reinstating the work area on completion of activities
Entry guidelines

Job Roles can include Metal Working and Machine Operative, Quality Control, CNC Operator, Maintenance Operative, Process Operator. Apprentices must be in paid employment of at least 30 hours per week. Apprenticeships where the Apprentice is working and studying for less than 30 hours per week are by exception only. In any circumstances the Apprentice must not work for less than 16 hours per week. The Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture framework is suitable for potential Apprentices who have five GCSEs grade C or above including Maths, English, and a Science. You will also have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship at Level 2 in the relevant engineering/ manufacturing occupational discipline.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Additional Information

Apprenticeships are designed for individuals who are in paid employment within the sector and would like to achieve qualifications which recognise the skills they gain in the workplace.

An Advanced Level Apprenticeship will take a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 24 months. If you have already found a job you may be able to convert it into an Apprenticeship. Speak to your employer and discuss the opportunity of you becoming an Apprentice. There is plenty of help and support for you and your employer and they may be eligible for a grant. Contact our Employer Services team for more information on 0151 551 7610 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are looking for a job with an Apprenticeship you can register on the National Apprenticeship Vacancy website www.apprenticeships.org.uk or to view the Apprenticeship we are currently advertising go to http://wmc.ac.uk/apprenticeships/apprenticeships-vacancies/

Where can I progress to?
  • While significant numbers of Advanced Apprentices will seek internal progression to team leader or supervisory roles within their companies, some will want to progress to a Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering; others may decide to opt for a Foundation degree or HNC/HND.
  • More generally, most ex-apprentices aspire to a combination of internal promotion while at the same time undertaking company sponsored qualifications as specified above.

Explore potential careers via Career Coach — it provides current local data on wages and employment prospects.

When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).