What opportunities will this course give me?

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 will I be learning?

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.

Why is this course for me?

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 Officer.

What do I need to sign up?

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 Eastleigh College Training Agency on 023 8091 1226 to discuss

Is there anything else 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..

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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