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City College Southampton to Deliver Composite Technician Apprenticeship

City College Southampton will be delivering the new Composites Technician Standard Apprenticeship starting from September 2018.

The Composites Technician Apprenticeship enables the apprentice to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours to work unsupervised in either a large organisation, which may use process driven manufacturing techniques, or a SME which may require a multi-disciplined craftsman. The apprenticeship has been developed by an Industrial Steering Group (ISG) consisting of small, medium and large sized employers incorporating Composites UK, the Trade Body which represents the industry.

From discussions with employers and ratified by the ISG, there are a significant number of companies who require employees to gain knowledge and skills at a foundation level prior to progressing. This apprenticeship has a foundation phase which will enable apprentices to demonstrate their competence at Level 2 prior to progressing.

Those who complete the foundation phase will progress to Level 3 and on completion of the apprenticeship will be eligible to apply for Eng.Tech registration with an appropriate Professional Engineering Institute (PEI).

On completion of this apprenticeship the apprentice will be a competent and job-ready Composites Technician. The apprenticeship standard provides a high level description of the skills, knowledge, values and behaviours required of the Composites Technician. The assessment plan describes how the apprentice is assessed at the end of their apprenticeship and by whom.

The assessment plan has been informed by on-going consultation with employers, professional bodies, awarding organisations and training providers. When delivered by high-quality training providers in partnership with employers, assessed by a Skills Funding Agency registered independent assessment organisation and overseen by the quality assurance process, it ensures that apprentices become competent Composites Technicians.

The purpose of the end point assessment is to test in a synoptic way the skills, knowledge and behaviours of the apprentice as set out in the apprenticeship standard. End point assessment:

  • Provides apprentices with a showcase opportunity to provide oral and documentary evidence of their knowledge, skills and behaviours developed throughout the apprenticeship
  • Enables the independent assessment panel to test the knowledge, skills and behaviours acquired by the apprentice throughout the apprenticeship.

The end point assessment includes the following components:

  • Work-based project completed in the last six months
  • A Professional Discussion (including a viva on the work-based project)

For more information on the apprenticeship, click here.

For more information on apprenticeships at City College Southampton, click here.

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