Engineering & Science

Engineering - Training/Apprenticeship

Start Date: 2nd September 2019
Course Code: AENGIN NAF1A

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Newtownabbey


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 2nd September 2019
End date: 26th June 2020
Information Event: Y

What is Training for Success?

Training for Success is all about giving you the tools and the confidence to find work. It focuses on the extra learning you may need and like an apprenticeship the trainee spends most of their time with an employer – on work placement typically three days per week. The rest of the week is spent at college working towards qualifications.  The scheme is funded by the Department for the Economy.  Your qualification on entry will determine whether you can join at level 1 or Level 2.

Unlike apprenticeships, those completing a Training for Success course are not paid by the employer providing their work placement. Instead, they receive travel expenses and a weekly Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £40 which is not means-tested and bonus payments of up to £360 over two years.

At the College our training support officers will help you find your work placement.  We secure placements for around 98% of trainees.

Details and Restrictions

Those on the scheme must be 16 or 17-years-old
Young people with a disability are eligible up to 22-years-old and those from an in-care background up to 24-years-old

What is an Apprenticeship?

As an apprenticeship you are employed as full-time members of staff and typically work for an employer four days a week. One day a week is spent at college, studying for nationally-recognised qualifications in the same profession as the apprenticeship.

  • You must find your own employer
  • Some employers may require GCSEs on entry
  • It might be possible to do an apprenticeship with a current employer
  • You work all year round, but your College classes run from September to July
  • Employers pay for the day the apprentice is in college, meaning you will receive a full-time wage at least  in accordance with the national minimum wage

Details and restrictions

  • Apprentices must be aged 16 or above. Restrictions apply for those over 25.
  • Employers must be based in Northern Ireland
  • ApprenticeshipsNI 2017 is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department for the Economy (DfE)

Course Content

Engineering may be offered under both the Training for Success and Apprenticeship scheme.  Once you apply we will help you to choose the right level that suits you.


The engineering course is designed to meet industry standards and provides a good grounding for you to go out into the workplace.

Units include:

  • Applied electrical and mechanical science for engineering
  • Engineering Maintenance Procedures
  • Preparing and Controlling Engineering
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Electronic Devices and Communication
  • Engineering Assembly Methods and Techniques
  • Selecting and Using Secondary Machining
  • Techniques to Remove Material
  • Application of Welding Processes
  • Fabrication techniques and sheet metal work
  • Electronic Circuit Construction
  • MMA Welding

Will I complete a work placement? The College is committed to ensuring that all trainees benefit from the opportunity to undertake work placement through Training for Success programmes.


An apprenticeship in engineering combines the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding and practical skills gained in the college classroom and workshops. We currently offer the following:

Performing Engineering Operations/Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering: The programme includes using and interpreting engineering data and operating CNC machines.
Fabrication and Welding: The programme includes fabrication and welding, manual welding techniques, thermal cutting techniques and understanding Computer Aided Drawing (CAD).
Engineering Maintenance and Installation: The programme includes carrying out fault diagnosing and maintenance activities on equipment.

What will I gain?  

  • National recognised qualification.
  • Good practical skills.
  • An awareness of safety issues especially when working at heights and carrying loads.
  • The ability to work as part of a team.
  • City & Guilds Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy & ICT (If applicable) City & Guilds Employability Award City & Guilds Personal & Social Skills Award
  • Access to the Digital Learning Environment (DLE)

Assessment Methods

Training for Success: Continuous assessment throughout the course of practical workshop and theory tasks. This will be presented as a portfolio of evidence.

ApprenticeshipsNI: Continuous assessment throughout the course of practical workshop and theory tasks. Evidence of competency can be obtained through observations in the workplace, physical products of work, reports, plans, photographs, online assessments, witness testimony, discussion and questioning.

Training for Success: You must have attained the minimum school leaving age of 16 (up to 22 yrs for those who require additional support and 24 yrs for those in care) and be unemployed. Complete an application form and attend an interview and take part in an aptitude tesr (if applicable).

To be eligible to enter ApprenticeshipsNI programmes Level 2/Level 3 Apprenticeship provision, an unemployed person must: have attained the minimum school leaving age of 16; have or be about to take up permanent paid employment with a Northern Ireland-based company and be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (including day release/ off- the-job training) with one employer; have the potential to successfully complete all the requirements of the appropriate Level 2/Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework; meet any health requirements (eg colour vision) specific to the occupation of their choice; have achieved any necessary entry academic qualifications (eg GCSE) determined by the relevant sector for the apprenticeship and approved by the Department for Employment and Learning; and pass any entry tests specified by the relevant sector/employer and approved by the Department for Employment and Learning.

In addition if you are an existing employer you must: Be in permanent remunerative employment with a Northern Ireland-based company from day one of the apprenticeship; be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (including day release/off-the-job training) with one employer; and meet all the other eligibility criteria as set out above.

Achievement of the Level 2 Diploma could lead to employment within the Engineering Industry with the possible opportunity to achieve an ApprenticeshipsNI Level 2. NB: Progression to ApprenticeshipsNI requires paid employment and will depend upon grades achieved and satisfactory progress reviews.

Achievement of Level 2 ApprenticeshipsNI offers possible progression to ApprenticeshipsNI Level 3. Currently there are 13 Level 3 Pathways under the ApprenticeshipsNI Level 3 Framework:

1. Aeronautical Engineering

2. Automotive Engineering

3. Electrical and Electronic Engineering

4. Engineering Leadership

5. Engineering Maintenance

6. Engineering Technical Support

7. Engineering Toolmaking

8. Engineering Woodworking, Pattern and Model Making

9. Fabrication and Welding Engineering

10. Installation and Commissioning

11. Marine Engineering

12. Materials Processing and Finishing

13. Mechanical Maunufacturing Engineering Achievement of ApprenticeshipsNI Level 3 offers possible progression to HNC/HND.

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