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Apprenticeship Training

With colleges across the Greater Birmingham region as well as specialist sites throughout the UK, we are well positioned as a training provider to work with employers on a regional and national basis for apprenticeships.

Every apprenticeship is different as they are designed by the employer, in conjunction with a training provider, to meet the specific requirements of each individual business. They can start at any point during the year and take between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level of apprenticeship and the industry sector.

Some of our apprenticeships that are offered by BMet college, employers directly recruit candidates for themselves. Therefore, we do not offer open applications.  Our programmes are developed in partnership with you to provide sector-based training before progressing onto an interview with you.  You can view here all of our apprenticeships programmes.

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Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship

The Food and Drink industry is an exciting place to be a Maintenance Engineer.
World class companies in the industry use some of the most innovative, modern and technically automated equipment available to manufacture a wide range of food and drink products for consumers.
Companies employ Mechanical and/or Multi-skilled Maintenance Engineers according to the type of products they make.  Food and Drink Mechanical Maintenance Engineers will mainly work with mechanical and electrical equipment and production systems. Food and Drink Multi-skilled Maintenance Engineers will work with mechanical and electrical equipment plus highly automated programmable control systems.  Both Mechanical and Multi-skilled Engineers need to maximise the benefits of the technology and equipment they work with.
Depending on the type of product and plant in the company, engineering activities carried out will include routine maintenance, fault finding and diagnosis, testing and commissioning.

Food and Drink Mechanical and Multi-skilled Engineers must ensure that maintenance activities contribute to optimising food and drink production levels, ensure that all maintenance activities are conducted safely and practices comply with food safety legislation in this highly regulated industry. They must understand the key features of working with consumable products and how they/this affects food industry maintenance practices.
Food and Drink Engineers will work autonomously, taking responsibility for their own tasks and also work effectively in teams.

Entry Requirements – 5 GCSE’s above grade 4 or equivalent to include English and science preferably grade 6 (B) in maths.

Delivery and Assessment – Bespoke delivery as agreed with employer years 1, 2 and 3 – 3 x 6 week ‘block’ college based delivery per year.   Year 4 – work place with EPA revision in college.

Progression – On completion of this programme there is progression onto an HNC, Foundation Degree or Level 6 Apprenticeship.

Gas Engineering Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship could see the candidate working for one of the large utility companies, boiler manufacturer or even becoming self-employed.

Apprentices who qualify will be trained to work in the installation, service and repair of domestic gas appliances. These appliances could include boilers, cookers, central heating systems and fires. Gas installation/service technicians are trained to connect appliances to gas supplies and ensure that everything’s safe, and deal with leaks according to strict safety requirements.

Entry Requirements – GCSE grade 4 or above or equivalent for English and maths.  Employers also look for skills like motivation, good interpersonal skills, good communication skills and a willingness to learn. The employer will set their own specifications depending on the role.

Delivery and Assessment – The duration of an apprenticeship will vary depending on the needs of the employer but would be typically 18 months. Candidates will be required to complete qualifications during this period usually with set study days. As part of the apprenticeship, there will be a number of specific skills that the employer or college tutor will monitor and observe to prove that a certain level of understanding has been reached.

Progression – After completion of this level 3 apprenticeship, candidates could work for one of the large utility companies, boiler manufacturers or even become self-employed. Roles could include Gas Installation & Maintenance Engineer, Gas Installation Engineer, Gas Service Engineer.

Operations / Departmental Manager Apprenticeship

An Operations/Departmental Manager is someone who manages teams and/or projects, and achieving operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of the organisations strategy. They are accountable to a more senior manager or business owner. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities and job titles will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same.

Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring.

Entry Requirements –Typically candidates must have achieved maths and English GSCE grade 4 and above or equivalent prior to starting the apprenticeship programme.

Delivery and Assessment – This will be delivered in the workplace, supported by an e portfolio system, the candidate will be assigned a learning coach/mentor with management experience who will guide them through creating their own professional portfolio of evidence during a series of one to one support visits. The duration of the apprenticeship will vary. After at least a 12 month period of study, end point assessment/grading will be based on their portfolio of work, online knowledge based test, a digitally recorded competency based interview and a recorded professional discussion.

Progression – Following on from this apprenticeship the candidate will be eligible to enrol onto the level 5 Operational / Departmental Manager Apprenticeship or level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. This could also lead to permanent employment with their apprenticeship employer or work within a specialist role within an industrial or commercial sector.

Rail Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Rail Engineering Technicians provide technical support to Rail Engineers. The engineering disciplines cover the following areas of “The Railway” (infrastructure and trains); track (including minor works), overhead line, electrification, signalling, telecommunications, traction and rolling stock and rail systems. As an apprentice the candidate will undertake the core learning and also specialise in one particular discipline.

Those working within the occupation of Rail Engineering are responsible for the safe construction, installation, maintenance and renewal of The Railway to provide a safe and reliable railway for customers. The Rail Industry has a high level of safety critical work activities requiring a disciplined and responsible approach.

A Rail Engineering Technician may work on site or in a depot or in a technical office. Their work could involve:

  • Construction, installation, renewal, enhancement and modification of The Railway
  • Fault finding and diagnosis to prevent or address equipment failures
  • Maintenance and replacement of systems and components
  • Functional and operational testing and inspection of The Railway using specialist equipment
  • Ensuring assets are installed, replaced or maintained to specification and maintaining required costs

Entry Requirements – 5 GCSE’s grade 4 or above or equivalent to include English, maths and science.

Delivery and Assessment – Bespoke delivery as agreed with employer  Year 1 –  ‘Block’ college based delivery.  Year 2 – Day release (college) and 6 week ‘block’ delivery at ENTAR.  Years 3 and 4 – work place.

Progression – On completion of this programme, it can lead to HNC, Foundation Degree or Level 6 Apprenticeship.

School Business Professional Apprenticeship

School Business Professionals (SBPs) perform a role which is unique to schools, administering and managing the financial, site and support services within the school context. They provide essential support to school leadership teams, implementing their financial and business decisions.

SBPs may work in any school phase (primary, secondary, special) and in different school structures: single academy trusts, multi academy trusts (MATs), local authority maintained schools and federations, etc. Consequently, they can work in very different settings with varying numbers of people that they report to including the Headteacher or School Business Director (SBD).

Entry Requirements – Typically candidates must have achieved maths and English GCSE grade 4 and above or equivalent prior to starting the apprenticeship programme.

Delivery and Assessment – This will be delivered in the workplace, supported by an e portfolio system, they will be assigned a learning coach/mentor with management experience who will guide the candidate through creating their own professional portfolio of evidence during a series of one to one support visits. The duration of the apprenticeship will vary. After at least a 12 month period of study, end point assessment/grading will be based on their portfolio of work, online knowledge based test, a digitally recorded competency based interview and a recorded professional discussion.

Progression  – Following on from this apprenticeship the candidate will be eligible to enrol onto the level 5 Operational / Departmental Manager Apprenticeship or level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. This could also lead to permanent employment with their apprenticeship employer or work within a specialist role in an industrial or commercial sector.

Team Leader / Supervisor Apprenticeship

Ideal for professionals taking their first step into line management or for those with some experience of managing a team or project.

Entry Requirements – The entry requirement for this apprenticeship will be decided by each employer, but may typically be at least the equivalent of 5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or higher or equivalent including maths and English. This subject area is complex and the candidate will need to have a good command of reading, writing and language skills, along with the ability to research. The candidate will be required to work at an A level or equivalent standard, must be working in a role that allows them to demonstrate the management of people, projects, problem solving, and with some management of finance/budgets through naturally occurring work based activities.

Delivery and Assessment – This will be delivered in the workplace, supported by an interactive/digital workbook in preparation for the exam based elements of the qualification. The candidate will be assigned a learning coach/mentor with management experience who will guide them through creating their own professional portfolio of evidence during a series of one to one support visits. The duration of the apprenticeship will vary. After at least a 12 month period of study, end point assessment/grading will be based on their portfolio of work, online knowledge based test, a digitally recorded competency based interview and a recorded professional discussion.

Progression – This qualification allows learners to progress in their career and be better equipped to climb the career ladder, with the core skills that are needed for the start of progression into a more senior management position – for example, within operations, as a department manager and/or director level position. The qualification allows progression onto: ILM Level 5 Diploma for Leaders and Managers.