Different programmes have different concessions and/or loans.

Course Description

This is a mechanical manufacturing engineering apprenticeship and is focused on the theory and practical elements necessary to become a competent machinist.

Apprentices will be required to record evidence of competency-based knowledge, skills and behaviours to successfully complete ‘off-the-job’ training at work, and college delivered, theory and practical criteria.

A MidKent College assessor will be allocated to the apprentice. The assessor will visit the apprentice in their workplace on a regular basis. He will guide the apprentice through their competency-based learning and assess all the work-based evidence the apprentice provides.

The apprentice will also attend college on a ‘Day Release’ basis. This will be one day a week during term time. During the rest of the week the apprentice will undertake training with their employer.

College delivery for this course will be 70% theory in the classroom and 30% practical in the college workshop.

Some of the key areas covered include:

  • Safety Requirements & Regulations
  • Conventional Milling
  • Conventional Turning
  • Fitting & Assembly
  • Engineering Maths & Science
  • Engineering Drawings
  • Engineering Materials

    A small employer (less than 50 employees) taking on an apprentice under 19 years old will have 100% of the course fees paid for by the Education & Skills Funding Agency. A small employer taking on an apprentice over the age of 19 will pay 10% of the course fees.

Future Prospects

On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice will have satisfied the requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician by the relevant professional engineering institution in accordance with the requirements of the Engineering Council as the registration body.


Subject to suitable completion of this apprenticeship, you could progress onto a further level 4 higher or Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship.

Further training will ultimately lead to achieving Icorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer status.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have:

> Employment within the sector with a contract of employment for at least 30 hours per week
> 5 GCSEs including Maths and English at minimum grade D or 3 and above (Candidates who completed study overseas and are now working in the UK may also be eligible. Please contact us to discuss your application.)
> Satisfactory completion of the college initial assessment

Plus
> A satisfactory college interview