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Apprenticeships in Composite Materials

L3 Composite Technician

The approval by Government of the Composites Technician Apprenticeship is a significant milestone and companies can now train apprentices on composites part manufacture. The training programme has been designed and developed by industry to provide the apprentice with a broad understanding of all elements of composites manufacture. This will enable cross-industry movement of people in the future.

There are 8 mandatory units and 14 optional units which enable the trainee to focus on specific areas and gain a deeper understanding in the specific operations the company requires. Click here for more information    

Apprentices will be eligible for engineering tech (EngTech) status with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Institution of Mechanical Engineers on completing their apprenticeship.

Colleges currently offering the apprenticeship                                                           

Chichester College Group
Chichester Campus, Westgate Fields, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1SB

Weston College
South West Skills Campus, Locking Road, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, BS22 8NL

The Engineering College
Birkenhead, The Engineering College, Monks Ferry, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5LH

Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017. It will be payable on annual wage bills of more than £3 million. Only 2% of UK employers will be required to pay the Levy. All employers will have access to funding for Apprenticeship training through the levy.  Full funding is available to companies employing fewer than 50 employees. 

For details on paying the levy and how to spend your funds click here

BIS has issued guidance on what this means - access the guidance here.

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