Mechanical Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship (Level 2)

What is a mechanical engineering foundation apprenticeship?

A work based learning programme that allows you to earn a wage and work whilst studying industry recognised qualifications.

The mechanical engineering foundation apprenticeship is considered a starting point for aspiring specialised engineers. You will build up a base knowledge of mechanical maintenance and manufacturing through a combination of employment and classroom training, which can be carried forward into the world of work. On completion of this programme, you will be progressed to the next highest level of training (level 3).

This apprenticeship is designed for anyone who wishes to become a qualified engineer, regardless of experience.


How does it work?

The apprenticeship for mechanical engineering consists of on and off the job training. On the job training involves learning the skills and methods needed to complete your qualifications whilst at work. Off the job training will occur alongside this in the form of day release once a week from your employment where you will attend the XR Training Centre in Pyle. These off the job training days will consist of theory training and assessment, examinations and classroom time. Throughout your apprenticeship, your assessor will regularly visit you at your workplace and on site to carry out reviews which track your progress, and complete observations.

What qualifications will be achieved?

Apprenticeship programmes follow a standardised framework, i.e. a combination of qualifications that you must complete in order to successfully achieve. On completion of the mechanical engineering apprenticeship, candidates will achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering OR
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance and Installation
  • Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology
  • Essential Communications Skills
  • Essential Application of Number Skills
  • Essential Digital Literacy Skills

Routes and pathways can be tailored to suit the needs of the learner and employer dependant on job role, duties undertaken and work completed. Exemptions can be made for Essential Skills qualifications depending on prior GCSE or A-Level attainment.

All our mechanical engineering qualifications are accredited and approved through EAL.

2 years maximum. The course can be completed sooner if you have prior mechanical or engineering qualifications that meet the framework requirements.

There are no fixed entry requirements for this apprenticeship however it is recommended that candidates hold at least two GCSEs in english and maths at grade C or above for ease of study.

All candidates are subject to a robust initial assessment via the Wales Essential Skills Toolkit to assess levels of literacy and numeracy prior to enrolment.

Apprenticeship programmes are fully funded by the Welsh Government and European Social Fund, so there is no cost for the training.

  • You must be over the age of 16.

  • You must not be in any other education or training.

  • You must be in industry related employment.

How to apply:

Call us on 01656 746688 to discuss immediate enrolment
to this programme or to arrange a visit.

If you are not in industry-related employment:

Complete the application form via our website or call us on 01656 746688 to register your interest. Your CV will be put forward to employers we are working with for their apprenticeship vacancies and you will be contacted for interview if successful. Current apprenticeship vacancies can also be viewed via the Careers Wales Apprenticeship Vacancy Service.

XR Training Centre

11 Village Farm Road, Village Farm Industrial Estate, Pyle, Bridgend, South Wales, CF33 6BL

Contact Us

    01656 746688