Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Level 6

A Manufacturing Engineer will primarily support the activities involved in bringing design programmes into manufacture. This role is pivotal to the planning, launch and smooth delivery of exciting new products or product refresh programmes. The focus is on the advanced manufacturing techniques and project management skills required to launch products on time, on cost and to the right quality. Typically Manufacturing Engineers work closely with a range of other engineers, functions and managers both within their own company and supplier base.

Professional Recognition and Career Progression:

This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Further professional development and registration is subject to candidates successfully completing the appropriate learning, developing the appropriate competence, and undergoing professional review.

Vocational Skills

Vocational Skills:

During the Foundation stage the apprentice must develop a solid grasp of the core engineering skills. These skills will not only prepare the apprentice for the workplace in demonstrating that they have the required manual dexterity to do their core role but their competencies are transferable and can be built upon over time. The skills required are:

  • Complying with statutory regulations and stringent organisational safety requirements
  • Producing components using hand fitting, fabrication and joining techniques
  • Producing Computer Aided Design (CAD) models (drawings) using a CAD system
  • Preparing and using lathes, milling and other general or specialist machines and high tech equipment
  • Preparing and proving Computer Numeric Control programmes
  • Using computer software packages to assist with and evaluate engineering activities
  • Producing and managing engineering project plans
  • Producing assemblies using a wide range of materials and techniques

During the development stage they would hone their general engineering skills, along with the likes of experimental / new model development, component investigation and problem solving, measurement, control & inspection. With all of these skills, they will be using a logical and systematic approach.

On successful completion of the above, the apprentice will then progress to develop their skills in:

  • Project management and scheduling engineering activities
  • Securing appropriate resources and managing budgets and resources
  • Implementing, monitoring and evaluating engineering processes
Academic Knowledge

Academic Knowledge:

The apprentice would complete a HND or Foundation Degree which would provide the foundation stage of the knowledge elements in the competence qualification It will support the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles that equip apprentices with the understanding required to operate effectively and efficiently at high level within this sector. As a core the engineer needs to cover around 960 academic Guided Learning Hours, in order to have a solid grasp of;-

  • Mathematics and science for engineers
  • Materials and manufacture
  • 3D Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Engineering
  • How to run and manage business led projects
  • Engineering operations and business management
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Product improvement and engineering project management

For the Development Phase the apprentice will build on their foundation knowledge by completing a BEng (Hons) in Engineering. Here they will expand their understanding to a higher level and commence on specialised modules during the latter part of this qualification.

Occupational Behaviours

Manufacturing Engineer Occupational Behaviours:

Modern high value engineering organisations require their apprentices to have a set of occupational behaviours that will ensure success both in their current and future roles and in meeting the overall company objectives. These required behaviours include:

Safety mindset: This occupation sits within an industry with a high level of safety critical activities. There has to be strict compliance and a disciplined and responsible approach to manage, mitigate and avoid risk.

Strong work ethic: Positive attitude, motivated by engineering; dependable, ethical, responsible and reliable.

Logical approach: Able to structure a plan and develop activities following a logical thought process, but also able to quickly “think on feet” when working through them.

Problem solving orientation: Identifies issues quickly, enjoys solving complex problems and applies appropriate solutions. Has a strong desire to push to ensure the true root cause of any problem is found and a solution identified which prevents further recurrence.

Quality focus: Follows rules, procedures and principles in ensuring work completed is fit for purpose and pays attention to detail / error checks throughout activities.

Personal responsibility and resilience: Motivated to succeed accountable and persistent to complete task.

Clear communicator: Use a variety of appropriate communication methods to give/receive information accurately, and in a timely and positive manner.

Team player: Not only plays own part but able to work and communicate clearly and effectively within a team and interacts/ helps others when required. In doing so applies these skills in a respectful professional manner.

Applies Lean Manufacturing Principles: Continuous improvement in driving effectiveness and efficiency

AdaptabilityAble to adjust to different conditions, technologies, situations and environments.

Self-Motivation: A ‘self-starter’, who always wants to give their best, sets themselves challenging targets, can make their own decisions.

Willingness to learnwants to drive their continuous professional development

Commitment: Able to commit to the beliefs, goals and standards of their own employer and to the wider industry and its professional standards.

Training and Development Summary

Training and Development Summary:

There will be two phases of training to ensure that apprentices meet this Apprenticeship standard, in line with specified employer requirements. The foundation phase will be intensive off the job training focused on developing the apprentice’s core skills, knowledge and behaviour, allowing them to work effectively with supervision in a largely simulated working environment. This stage will require typically 1400 Vocational Guided Learning Hours, building up from basics to more complex engineering operations and practices. The tasks will be aligned to the job role to develop a range of tailored core engineering techniques so by the end of this phase the apprentice will be able to demonstrate, under independent test conditions, that they can deploy their skills and occupational behaviours. In addition the apprentice typically undertakes an HND or Foundation Degree.

The development phase will focus on applying the apprentice’s on-job vocational competence supported by further guided learning, enabling them to eventually work effectively without the need for close supervision. The competencies gained are sufficiently transferable by the end of this development phase for someone to adapt quickly to function effectively after minimal instruction on new equipment / environments or revised working practices, whilst completing an Engineering Degree. There will be an employer endorsement as part of the final assessment of this phase to ensure that the apprentice has demonstrated full competence against the knowledge, skills and behaviours in this standard. The employer will sign off that the apprentice is ‘job ready’ as a competent professional Manufacturing Engineer.


Assessment: Months 1 – 65

On-Programme Learning and Development

This is the period of learning, development, coaching and performance review takes place throughout the duration
of the apprenticeship.

Mandatory Qualifications

  • BEng Degree specified by the employer and accredited by an Engineering Council licenced Professional Engineering Institution (PEI). Employers may wish to use a degree that has yet to achieve PEI accreditation. However, the intention is to do so and a PEI must have been involved and consulted on the content from the outset.
  • Level 2 in English and mathematics. For those with an education, health and care  plan or a legacy statement the English and mathematics minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

Readiness for the End-point Assessment. (Gateway)

The independent end-point assessment is synoptic, as it takes an overview of an apprentice’s occupational competence. It is important, therefore, that this should only take place when the employer is confident that the apprentice has met all the knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out in the standard and is performing competently in their job role.

The employer confirms that the apprentice is ready to progress to end-point assessment.

Readiness for end-point assessment is confirmed once the employer is satisfied the apprentice has demonstrated occupational competence against all the knowledge, skills and behaviours specified in the standard, completed the portfolio of evidence and achieved the mandated qualifications.

The employer authenticates and confirms that the content in the Case Studies Presentation and supporting evidence (Method 1) and apprentice report and supporting evidence to be used in the Occupational Professional Discussion (Method 2) is the apprentices own work and is an accurate reflection of their knowledge, skills and behaviours.

The End-Point Assessment Organisation confirms that the mandatory qualifications have been achieved. The apprentice can then progress to the end-point assessment via the apprenticeship gateway (decision point).

Assessment: Months 66 – 72

The occupational competence assessment is based on two assessment components – through an approved End-Point Assessment Organisation.

  • Method 1. Case Studies Presentation
  • Method 2. Occupational Professional Discussion
Information for Applicants

What are the entry requirements?

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. In order to optimise success candidates will typically have 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, as well as A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3.

How often do I have to attend college?

Attendance at University Centre Colchester will be required and will be communicated post-employment and enrolment. This will allow apprentices to have lectures and workshops for their degree modules.

Information for Employers

What will this cost my business?

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 has changed the way that government funds apprenticeships in England. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3million are required to contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year.
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships.
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship.

Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.

Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

Speak to an Advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

Attendance at University Centre Colchester will be required and will be communicated post-employment and enrolment. This will allow apprentices to have lectures and workshops for their degree modules.

What about support in the workplace?

Skilled and knowledgeable staff must be available to support the apprentice as they complete work- based tasks and build a portfolio of supporting evidence.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are experts at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business – and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical trainers.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.
How To Apply

How do I apply for a degree apprenticeship?

How you apply for a degree apprenticeship is dependent on whether or not you’re currently employed.

Unlike applying for a traditional degree programme which runs between fixed points within the year, there is no fixed cycle for making a degree apprenticeship application. The recruitment processes will normally begin at the start of the calendar year with studies commencing in September.

An Apprenticeship is a job. This means that employers are ultimately responsible for recruiting for the position, which includes how and where they advertise the vacancy. Organisations will normally start to advertise roles for degree apprenticeships from the previous autumn.

Both the employer and the training provider will need to be satisfied that applicants meet both the entry requirements for the course and the criteria for the role, with recruitment often being done jointly by the two parties.

Can I apply with my current employer?

If you’re in full-time employment with an organisation that can accommodate a degree apprenticeship, and would like to undertake one with your current employer, then we can help with the next steps.

Please ask your employer to complete our Employer enquiry form. We will then discuss with them about how they can integrate a degree apprenticeship into their business and support your studies.

Once your employer has confirmed that they can support the programme and that they are happy with your academic suitability to study for a degree through an apprenticeship, please use the ‘Apply Online’ button located in the next menu.

This will allow us to confirm your suitability, both academic and professional, for starting the programme.

How do I apply with a new employer?

If you’re not employed full-time or with a company that can fund and support a degree apprenticeship, then you’ll need to apply to undertake a degree apprenticeship with a company that can offer one.

You’ll follow their standard recruitment process and we’ll assess your academic suitability for the course once you’ve applied.

Where do I look for a degree apprenticeship vacancy?

Degree apprenticeship vacancies, created with companies we work with, are listed on our website as and when they become available.

You can also receive notifications for when our partner employers have any live vacancies in your industry by joining our Apprenticeship Talent Pool.

As with other apprenticeships, employers may choose to advertise their degree apprenticeship on the Gov.UK ‘Find an apprenticeship’ website, where you can search and apply directly for apprenticeships of interest:

‘Find an apprenticeship’ website.

Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Level 6
Course Outline: A Manufacturing Engineer will primarily support the activities involved in bringing design programmes into manufacture.

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year. However, the start date for attending college for training, where required, or if delivered online, when sessions begin, will vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 6
DurationTypically 5 to 6 years. This duration may be reduced for a candidate with previous relevant experience and/or someone already part qualified. Alternatively this may also be a progression route from a relevant Advanced Apprenticeship.
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2023
ApplicationsApplications for September 2023 are open now.
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£27,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£1,350

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.


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