Surface Engineering Leadership Forum (SELF): Apprenticeship Standards.

Over the past 2 to 3 years, members of the Surface Engineering Leadership Forum team have been involved in several trailblazer groups, to help put together apprenticeship standards for engineers employed within the surface coatings and surface engineering disciplines.

These have included standards at various levels of proficiency, including levels 2, 3, 6 and 7. The first standard approved is at Master Degree level 7, where post graduate engineers will learn specialised skills particular to Surface Engineering and Coatings, Heat Treatments, and Surface Treatments with a specific emphasis on helping your business.

The introduction of these valuable new apprenticeship standards is fully supported by the Surface Engineering Association along with many other key technology Institutes and Associations.

The first course meeting the level 7 standard is planned to commence in January 2021 and will be offered through Cranfield University. The delivery will consist of taught modules, group and individual project, case studies, to be followed by an end point assessment. Duration will be 30 months part time.

At the present time, in light of the Coronavirus situation, it has not yet been decided as to whether taught sessions will take place at the University or via electronic distance learning. In either case, sessions will be delivered by both senior academics and high-ranking professionals from industry. There will be plenty of time set aside for group discussions

The full cost for this apprenticeship will be £17,000, which can be funded through the Apprenticeship levy. However, of special interest to SME’s will be the ability to claim back 95% of this cost, resulting in a company contribution of £850 over the 30 months of the course.

Much of the work required will be able to be conducted within the apprentice’s workplace, and it is predicted this will take up about no more than 20% of their time. The individual case study will, almost certainly, involve a project within the employers’ organisation, so there will be immediate benefit to the business. Tools and techniques learnt whilst studying can, of course, also be immediately applied to your business.

The outcome of the apprenticeship will be a qualified engineer ready to help lead your company forward through digital manufacturing to become World Class.

More information can be obtained through contact with SELF, or the organisers at Cranfield University: Jeff Rao: J.Rao@cranfield.ac.uk 01234 754185.