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What career opportunities can this lead to?

Intermediate apprentices, with support and opportunities in the workplace, can progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture. With additional training, intermediate level apprentices may also be able to progress in their careers to roles such as Supervisor or Team Leader.

A career in Engineering could take you to a vast range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, food and drink, marine, medical, IT, construction, nuclear, or even space. There are opportunities to work as a mechanical, electrical or chemical engineer in most industries, where you could focus on the research and design elements or take a more hands-on approach with manufacturing and maintenance.  

What are the entry requirements?

Entry is subject to interview and assessment. You will need to have relevant employment. In addition, you need to have 4 GCSEs at grade D / 3 or higher, including English and Maths or have achieved a relevant Level 1/2 vocational qualification* or have relevant experience* and be able to demonstrate ability equivalent to, or exceeding Level 1 in English and Maths.

*please call Apprenticeship Services on 023 8091 1226 to discuss

What does this programme involve?

The Intermediate Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance is a Level 2 Apprenticeship that is primarily for those who are seeking to start a career in the engineering or manufacturing sectors. The Apprenticeship equips apprentices with the essential skills and knowledge to carry out a range of engineering and manufacturing processes at semi-skilled and operator level, whilst providing a firm foundation from which to progress and develop a career. Two pathway options are offered:

- Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) (EGEC2)
- Performing Manufacturing Operations (PMO) (EPM21)

The PEO pathway provides an all-round grounding in fundamental engineering operations and techniques. The pathway includes core units relating to; working safely in an engineering environment, carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively and using and communicating technical information. In addition, a wide range of unit options are available to select from.

The PMO pathway focuses on developing the fundamental skills and knowledge required to operate effectively in a manufacturing environment. This pathway includes core units relating to; complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements, promoting effective working relationships and effective team working. In addition, a wide range of unit options are available to select from.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

The PEO pathway is delivered through a combination of on- and off-the-job training. You will attend college one day per week during term time and spend the rest of your time earning and learning in the workplace. You will be assessed on a continuous basis through a combination of knowledge and practical assessment activities, including assessment of activities in the workplace.

The PMO pathway is delivered entirely in the workplace by visiting staff from Eastleigh College.

Your progress will be continuously monitored and supported by an Apprenticeship Achievement Officer.

Due to the current national reform of apprenticeships, the information detailed for this programme is subject to change. From Autumn 2019, apprenticeships may be delivered as a newly developed standard; details of these will be updated on our website as soon as the information is released. To discuss further, please contact the Apprenticeship Experts on 02380 911226.

What else do I need to know?

You will achieve a Level 2 NVQ Diploma and a related Level 2 underpinning knowledge qualification as appropriate to the pathway selected. Unless exempt on entry, you will also achieve Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths.

Typical job roles for the PEO pathway are - Metal working and Machine Operative, Quality Control Operative, CNC Operator, Maintenance Operative, Process Operator.

Typical job roles for the PMO pathway are - Manufacturing Process Operator, Maintenance Operator, Production Inspector, Assembly Operator..

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
EGEC2 Eastleigh College 13/9/2019 Fri 35 Please Enquire Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

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Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

Jordon, Engineering

Jordon, 21

Jordon, Engineering

Jordon studied Engineering at College, and is now a qualified Electro-technical Officer for Holland America Line.


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