Performing Engineering Operations Intermediate Apprenticeship

The Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) Intermediate Apprenticeship course is designed to give you the relevant training and education required to become a successful employee within the engineering maintenance and installation industries.

The PEO Level 2 pathway gives apprentices working in engineering a basic all-round grounding in engineering operations and techniques. The competence element is designed to be tailored to operations in any given specific engineering sub-sector. On completion they will be of semi-skilled status; typical job roles would include metal working operatives, plant and machine operatives, quality control, routine inspection and testing, production of parts using computer controlled equipment and basic maintenance activity. This pathway will also play an increasingly important role in the short term in providing potential engineering advanced apprentices at Level 3.

Course Content

Core Performing Engineering Operations Intermediate Apprenticeship Intermediate Level 2 units may include:

  • Complying with Statutory Regulations and Organisational Safety Requirements
  • Using and Interpreting Engineering Data and Documentation
  • Carrying out Engineering Activities Efficiently and Effectively
  • Handing Over and Confirming Completion of Maintenance or Installation Activities
  • Carrying out Fault Location on Mechanical Equipment
  • Carrying out Maintenance Activities on Mechanical Equipment

Optional units:

  • Restoring Mechanical Components to Usable Condition by Repair
  • Carrying out Scheduled Maintenance Activities on Mechanical Equipment

As part of the Apprenticeship framework you will also study Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT if required.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs (grades A* – D), or equivalent, including English, maths and science.

What Can I Do Next?

Possible progression to an Advanced Engineering Technician Apprenticeship. Career pathways may include progression within electrical and mechanical maintenance and fitting roles. The general nature of the Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 NVQ can also allow for apprentices to move between and across sectors.


Training will take place in the workplace with no college attendance required, however college attendance will be required for Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT if required.

How To Apply

To apply for an apprenticeship please read through the information below and then select the correct application button from the menu located further down the page.

If you are aged between 15 and 18 years old then please click the button ’15 – 18 Years – Apply Online’ and you will be taken to the next stage of the application process.

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Performing Engineering Operations Intermediate Apprenticeship
Course Outline: Provides relevant training required to become a successful employee within the engineering maintenance and installation industries

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 2
CampusColchester Institute
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£4,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£200

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.


All Fees and prices shown on the website are for courses starting in the 2019-20 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

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The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.