Engineering Apprenticeships Wales

Nationally recognised engineering programmes in electrical, mechanical, manufacturing and many more. From Level 2 Foundation to Level 4 Higher Apprenticeships, our apprenticeships suit the needs of almost every company.

The diversity of engineering as a sector is well recognised. That’s why engineering apprenticeships in Wales consist of routes and levels that suit the needs of almost every employer, ranging from Level 2 Apprenticeships through to Level 4 Higher Apprenticeships.

In Wales, engineering apprenticeships are planned around frameworks. These frameworks are available at three different levels:

  • Level 2 Engineering Apprenticeships – Semi-skilled roles or new entrants to the industry
  • Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeships – Skilled roles, tradespeople and those with greater responsibility in the organisation
  • Level 4 Engineering Apprenticeships – Senior engineers, engineering team leaders and managers, and operational management roles

Welsh apprenticeships are designed so that apprentices can progress through the levels as they develop their skills, knowledge and experience. 

We will support you to select the most appropriate level to start the journey and then advise on progression opportunities.

Apprenticeships in Wales are fully funded at all levels, this means that the Welsh Government apprenticeships funding can be accessed to meet the delivery costs of all framework components.

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Some of our Engineering Apprenticeship employers include:

What does an Engineering Apprenticeship framework consist of?

Welsh Apprenticeships are planned around a framework and each engineering apprenticeships consist of five qualifications:

1) An NVQ Qualification: 

This is completed on the job, in the workplace. There are a broad range of engineering skills, trades and specialisms available and these include:

To include specialisms such as:

  • Mechanical Maintenance
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Electronic Maintenance
  • Fluid Power Maintenance
  • Multi-skilled Maintenance Services Maintenance
  • Communications Electronic Maintenance
  • Servicing Stairlifts
  • Servicing Service Lifts
  • Installing Stairlifts
  • Installing Service Lifts
  • Equipment Installation
  • Installing Lifting Platforms
  • Servicing Lifting Platforms
  • Assistive Technology
  • Systems and Equipment Maintenance
  • Servicing medical equipment

To include specialisms such as:

  • Toolmaker
  • Toolroom CNC Machining
  • Mould, Tool and Die Equipment Maintenance
  • Jig and Fixture Manufacture
  • Toolroom Manual Machining

To include specialisms such as:

  • Machining
  • CNC Machining
  • Production Assembly
  • Composite Manufacture
  • Optical Engineering
  • Machine Tool Setting
  • Fitting and Assembly
  • Pipe Fitting and Assembly
  • Composite manufacture Engineering
  • Mechanical Overhaul and test
  • Spring Making
  • Photonics Engineering

To include specialisms such as:

  • Manual Welding
  • Rail Welding
  • Brazing and Soldering
  • Plastic Welding
  • Sheet Metal Welding
  • Structural Steelwork
  • Pipework & Tube Fabrication
  • Thermal Cutting
  • Welding Machine Setting and Operating
  • Sheet Metalworking
  • Plate-working

To include specialisms such as:

  • Engineering Drawing
  • Quality Control
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Computer Control Programming
  • Production Engineering
  • Process Engineering
  • Engineering Software Development

To include specialisms such as:

  • Equipment Installation
  • Commissioning
  • Traction Lift Installation
  • Hydraulic Lift Installation
  • Escalator Installation and Commissioning

To include specialisms such as:

  • Designing Electronic Circuits
  • Controlling Semiconductor- Manufacturing Processes
  • Controlling Printed Circuit and Allied Circuit Assembly
  • Leading Electronic Component Manufacture
  • Leading Printed Circuit and Allied Circuit Assembly
  • Leading Electronics Assembly
  • Testing Electronic Circuit
  • Manufacturing Transformers and Inductors
  • Manufacturing Electrical Motors and Generators
  • Manufacturing Electrical Control Systems Equipment
  • Testing Electrical Equipment

The Level 4 NVQ is designed for Engineering Managers, Team Leaders, Senior Engineers, Quality Managers and similar roles within industry.

This qualification is often best completed in a role where management of departments, teams, functions or projects are the core responsibilities.

Get in touch and one of our engineering specialists will provide all the support and guidance needed to determine if this route is appropriate for you or your employees.

2) A Knowledge Qualification

Welsh Apprenticeship frameworks list pre-approved knowledge qualifications against each of the trades/specialisms.

TSW partners with every local engineering college in Wales to ensure that all employers can be supported. The availability of specific knowledge qualifications can vary between colleges and is subject to change.

Knowledge qualifications will be undertaken at the level of the framework being completed i.e. Level 3 Diploma (ONC) or Level 4 HNC.

3) Essential Communication Skills at Level 2

Apprentices will be exempt from this qualification if they can provide a GCSE certificate for English Language or English Literature at grade C or above.

4) Essential Application of Number Skills at Level 2

Apprentices will be exempt from this qualification if they can provide a GCSE certificate for Maths at grade C or above.

5) Essential Digital Literacy Skills

No exemptions are available for this qualification which is often completed in a one-day workshop.

Engineering Apprenticeship Eligibility

To complete this Welsh apprenticeship, individuals must be employed in an appropriate role. Welsh Government apprenticeships eligibility rules will govern which employees can access the funding and is subject to change so, always speak to our Advisors for the best advice.

If you are an employer planning apprenticeships in Wales, get in touch and see how we can support you, free of charge, from recruitment through to progressing to higher level qualifications upon completion.

No Obligation Advice and Support

Make an enquiry and one of our dedicated Apprenticeships Advisors will contact you to listen to your needs and help you find the right solutions.

If you are an individual looking for an apprenticeship in South Wales or an apprenticeship in West Wales, we advertise our apprenticeship vacancies with Careers Wales Apprenticeships, Careers Wales jobs and other online portals

Our Custom Approach to Apprenticeships

We appreciate that every employer is different and our support service is designed to be as flexible as possible to meet your individual needs and preferences.

Whether your are an organisation or an individual our mission is to make apprenticships work for you.

With over 55 years’ experience supporting the industry with apprenticeships you couldn’t be in better hands. TSW Training is one of the leading apprenticeship providers in Wales.

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What You Get From TSW Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship consultation

When you enquire, we’ll visit you to discuss your needs, the apprenticeship process, and introduce you to our service. We’ll help you build a learning roadmap to enhance your business performance via further education. We’ll supply supporting literature, so you can digest the detail and set expectations within your organisation.

Recruitment support

We can help you to identify the people within your organisation who would benefit from the qualifications. It’s a completely free apprenticeship consultation, so you can take a look at the opportunities, shortlist the candidates and learn about the work-based apprenticeship programme offered by the Welsh Government. 

Awareness session

This is the springboard for the apprenticeship where we set expectations with your candidates. Their Training Advisor works with them to lay out the educational roadmap ahead, learn how they’ll be measured, and what support they’ll receive from their assessors, you and the business. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and set expectations about the time and energy demanded by the qualifications.

Health and safety appraisal

We’ll visit your place of work and conduct a health and safety appraisal document. It’s a mandatory exercise to prove your organisation is a safe environment for Welsh Government apprentices. We conduct and manage the paperwork entirely, so all you need to do is show us around. Once complete, it’s valid for four years, so you can easily take on more apprentices, or bring other qualifications into your organisation.

On-call assessors 

Learning doesn’t just happen during business hours; that’s why our assessors are on hand 24/7 via email, text and WhatsApp to support your candidates.

Employer Engagement Visits

Feedback and evaluation help us to see how successfully the learning is transferring into your organisation, so we can work with you to measure the returns. 

That’s why we book a six-month Employer Engagement Visit health check with you and your apprentice.

We walk the candidate through a quick survey, where we discuss their learning experience so far and the quality of the programme. The questions are standardised, so we can collate and compare data between organisations to apply real adjustments.

Then we review with you to see if the programme is meeting your expectations, whether you can engage with the apprentices and their work, and if you’ve noticed the candidate demonstrating knowledge and competence. 

We’re on hand to support you with any queries as the apprenticeship progresses.

"Our Training Advisors work with employers and learners to work out the best way to deliver the apprenticeship. The best thing about it is that employers benefit from a training programme that’s tailored to their needs, without having to pay out large sums of money.

It means that everybody is able to access training, no matter how big their training budget.”
Sarah Elston
Quality Director, TSW Training

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At TSW we are passionate about helping people and organisations meet their full potential.

Make an enquiry and one of our dedicated Learning Advisors will contact you to listen to your needs and help you find the right solutions.

Your Learning Advisor will support you by:

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  • Asking you questions to help us determine the right solution for you
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