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Engineering at Gloucestershire College

At Gloucestershire College we are passionate about nurturing engineers for the future and encouraging new talent into the industry. 

We create effective partnerships with engineering and manufacturing companies, providing high-quality training and apprenticeships that work for the industry.

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Get in Touch and Discuss Your Business Needs

Our dedicated Employer Training & Apprenticeships team will provide you with full support in setting up your apprenticeship programme from recruitment right through to completion. We will be with you every step of the way to ensure your apprentices are supported, and learning the skills your business needs.

Explore our Engineering Apprenticeship Programmes

We have a wide range of Engineering training and apprenticeship programmes from Level 3 right through to degree level. We can work with you to discover the right programmes for your organisation.

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineering Level 6

This apprenticeship is suitable for engineers working in a wide range of sectors to rely on embedded systems design including telecommunications, information and computer technology, defence, energy (including renewables), transport and consumer electronics.

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineering Level 6

Ideal for: Hardware Engineer, Software Engineer, Systems Engineer, Design Engineer.

Core areas include:

  • Professional engineering skills
  • Electrical circuit theory
  • Analogue and digital design techniques
  • Fundamentals of structured software design
  • Structured programming for embedded software
  • Mathematical modelling techniques for circuit design
  • Embedded software development
  • Thermal management

Product Design and Development Level 6

Product Design and Development Engineers oversee the entire product creation process, from concept feasibility and Computer Aided Design to final launch preparation, collaborating with suppliers and managers to bring new concepts to life or contribute to existing product redesigns. 

Product Design and Development Level 6

Ideal for: Product Designer Engineer, Development Engineer, Product Developer, Manufacturing Developer.

Core areas include:

  • Systems Design
  • Dynamics, Modelling and Simulation
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Thermofluids
  • Applied Electrical Technologies
  • Engineering Practice
  • Engineering Practice
  • A range of options in year 5

Machining Technician Level 3

The apprenticeship is aimed at new or existing employees who want to gain Machining skills and qualifications. Machining technicians produce complex and precision machined products that are typically used in machinery.

Machining Technician Level 3

Ideal for: Machinist, CNC Machinist, Programmer, CNC Setter/Machinist

Duration: 42 months + 6 months for End Point Assessment

Core areas include:

  • Understanding mathematical techniques involved in the machining processes such as speeds and feeds, calculating angles/tapers, material removal
  • Understanding the work holding devices, cutting tools, and setting up procedures to provide a sound basis for carrying out the activities, correcting faults and ensuring the work output is to the required specification
  • Producing complex and specialist components as a one-off test and trial work piece and/or producing components in small or large batches
  • Contributing to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures 

Engineering Technician (Technical Support) Electrical Level 3

Technical Support Technicians, work as part of a team to provide technical support and expertise for all areas of the Engineering and Manufacturing function.

Engineering Technician (Technical Support) Electrical Level 3

Ideal for: Electronics Engineer, Software/Hardware Engineer, Electronic Design Engineer, Electrical/Electronic Technician

Duration: 42 months + 3 months for End Point Assessment

Core areas include:

  • Maintaining electronic equipment and systems 
  •  Producing drawings using a CAD system
  • Conducting business improvement activities
  • Wiring and testing programmable controller based systems
  • Features and applications of electrical machines
  • Assembling and testing electronic circuits
  • Monitoring and fault diagnosis
  • Mathematics for engineering technicians

Engineering Technician (Technical Support) Mechanical Level 3

Technical Support Technicians, work as part of a team to provide technical support and expertise for all areas of the Engineering and Manufacturing function.

Engineering Technician (Technical Support) Mechanical Level 3

Duration: 42 months + 6 months for End Point Assessment

Core areas include:

  • Producing components
  • Using lathes
  • Milling
  • Maths and Science
  • CAD systems
  • Working in an engineering environment
  • Undertaking engineering techniques

Who can become an apprentice?

Businesses are progressively adopting apprenticeships for both their new and existing employees; realising their significance in tackling skill deficiencies, infusing novel perspectives, promoting diversity, and bolstering employee retention.

With no upper age limit, anyone can become an apprentice, from junior members of staff to senior managers and company directors.

Apprenticeships are an affordable staff training option

Whether you're a levy payer or not, employees aged 16-18 are fully funded by the government and you'll receive a £1,000 grant.

Apprenticeships are an affordable staff training option

For levy payers:

All employers with a wage bill of over £3 million per annum are required to pay 0.5% of their total wage bill into the Apprenticeship Levy. The Levy can be used to train new and existing staff through Apprenticeship Training. At the end of the financial year, the levy resets - so use it or lose it.

For non-levy payers:

Non-levy payers can take advantage of Government funding with 95% of course costs funded. You'll only need to contribute 5% to the cost of apprenticeship training.

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Engineering Facilities

Our engineering facilities in Gloucester and Cheltenham are well equipped, ensuring a learning experience that covers all aspects of industry training, from practical skills to theory, including advanced engineering maths, materials science, and project planning.

Watch the video to take a look at our industry-standard facilities.

Mechanical Engineering Workshops

Our Gloucester campus features practical mechanical engineering facilities, including large workshops equipped with conventional manual machines like lathes and milling machines. Additionally, we provide a variety of inspection and measuring equipment including a coordinate measuring machine. Our Computer Numerical Control (CNC) workshop houses 5 CNC machines and teaching controllers.

The Computer-Aided Design (CAD) classrooms are dedicated to teaching 2D drawing and 3D visualisation, complemented by 3D printing capabilities.

With our mechanical engineering facilities and expert teaching team, we offer a wide range of skills training, from basic hand fitting to advanced machining techniques.

Electronic Engineering Laboratories

Our electronic engineering laboratories in Cheltenham assist our engineering students in the study, design, development, and application of electrical and electronic systems, components, and devices.

Equipped with a range of test and measurement equipment, electronic Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Printed Circuit Board (PCB) manufacturing facilities, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), and Mechatronics systems, these facilities play an important role in training Level 3 full-time students and apprentices, as well as Embedded Electronics degree apprentices, and they also will cater to the revised Level 4 HNC qualifications.

Rumbiazai Zwiti

I think the best part of my course is the design aspect of engineering. The course is so open and versatile, depending on what you'd like to study from mechanical to electrical.

Rumbiazai Zwiti

HNC - Mechanical Engineering

Sylvester Ghanney

"I've always been interested in engineering and took the decision to study at Gloucestershire College to gain additional qualifications, alongside my job as a Service Engineer. My lecturers were superb; always willing to help and very supportive to those who want to learn. The equipment is perfect too."

Sylvester Ghanney

HND – Electronic and Electrical Engineering – Gloucester Campus

Alice Lee

Doing a higher apprenticeship really reinforced what I had learnt while studying and applied the theory to different tasks. I was able to earn at the same time and was supported by my lecturers 24/7. This helped my confidence grow and to see different parts of the business that I wouldn’t have seen if I was sat in lectures all day.

Alice Lee

HNC - Mechanical Engineering