Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 – Electrical / Electronic Manufacturing Engineering

The Higher Apprenticeship framework for Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Level 4 has been designed to provide the manufacturing and engineering sector with high grade technicians and engineers who have practical skills, combined with a higher education qualification. The framework will facilitate seamless progression from level 4 to level 6 qualifications and enable apprentices to work towards Incorporated Engineer status.

The manufacturing sector in England employs approximately 2.4 million people across nearly 120,000 establishments, with an estimated 1.27 million engineers, scientists and technologists working across the manufacturing sectors. Of these technical roles, around a third (458,000) are employed in higher-level technical roles made up of 67,000 technicians, 174,000 professional engineers and 217,000 engineering managers.

The main sub-occupations within the higher-level technical occupations are:

  • Technicians – engineering technicians, draftspersons, laboratory technicians, electrical and electronics technicians and quality assurance technicians
  • Professionals – mechanical engineers, design and development engineers, production and process engineers and planning and quality control engineers
  • Managers – production, works and maintenance

The apprenticeship is designed to address important skill needs in:

  • Cogent: chemical manufacturing, nuclear science, oil and gas extraction (also includes process technology, bioscience, polymer and sign making
  • Improve: food and drink manufacturing and processing
  • Proskills: printing, mineral extraction and processing, health and safety and process and manufacturing of furniture, glass, ceramics, coatings and paper (also includes glazing, building products, wood and mining)
  • Semta: science, engineering and manufacturing.
Course Aims

To provide the manufacturing and engineering sector with high grade technicians and engineers who possess practical skills, combined with a higher education qualification to meet the skills needs of employers and to help them to improve productivity and remain competitive.

Further objectives are to:

  • provide apprentices with the technical knowledge, skills and competence at Level 4 in one framework to operate at higher technician level in manufacturing and engineering
  • attract learners who wish to gain a higher education qualification while receiving a salary through a work based learning route
  • attract learners from diverse backgrounds to help address the equality and diversity challenges faced by the sector, including those of an ageing workforce
  • develop apprentices employability skills making them more attractive to all employers whichever career they choose
  • help improve recruitment and retention rates within the industry by offering appropriate career progression into high level jobs and training, working towards Engineering
  • Technician status and Incorporated Engineer by offering appropriate career progression into high level jobs and training.
What will I learn?

Electrical/Electronics Manufacturing Engineering Modules may include:

  • Engineering Science
  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Business Management Techniques
  • Electrical and Electronic and Digital Principles
  • Project (Design, Implement, Evaluate)
  • Combinational and Sequential Logic
  • Mechatronics
  • Measurement and Testing

What next?

Employment as a technician in Electrical/Electronics engineering in a variety of job roles and functions.

The Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship provides excellent preparation towards professional registration as an Engineering Technician and progression to Incorporated Engineer registration via the Level 6 framework. It may also, where appropriate, provide progression to a range of honours degrees

Professional recognition
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) recognise that this apprenticeship pathway provides the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to allow apprentices to apply for Engineering Technician status within their institutions. The apprenticeship does not confer automatic membership of any of these institutions as an Engineering Technician. Apprentices are free to apply to the institution of their choice and engage the process of registration.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take place through a series of projects, assignments and vocational evidence through workplace activities.

Entry Requirements

Employers wish to attract applicants who have an interest in working in a manufacturing/engineering environment at technician and who come from a diverse range of backgrounds with a wide range of experience, achievements or qualifications.

Entry at level 4 within the framework is flexible in that applicants:

  • have A or AS levels in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subjects and GCSEs in English, Maths, and Science – grade C or above
  • have completed an Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship or have completed a 14 to 19 Advanced Diploma in Engineering or Manufacturing
  • have previous work experience or employment in engineering at Level 3.

In conjunction with assessment in the workplace, some college attendance at Colchester Institute will be required and this will be comfirmed post-application. Attendance and progress is closely monitored by the assessor towards the qualifications and your employer will be informed of any non-activity.

Requirements in the Workplace

Students are required to be employed in a suitable work placement. Skilled and knowledgeable staff in the workplace will be necessary to support the apprentice.

How To Apply

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Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 - Electrical / Electronic Manufacturing Engineering
Course Outline: Designed to provide the manufacturing and engineering sector with high grade technicians and engineers

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 4
DurationUp to 36 months
CampusColchester Institute
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£12,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£600

Employer Information

Our Business Solutions team will work with you to recruit an Apprentice to your business, advertising the vacancy and managing applications, as well as providing a dedicated account manager and personal 1:1 advice and guidance on apprenticeships.

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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