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Engineering and Green Skills

STUDYING ENGINEERING & GREEN SKILLS AT WESTON COLLEGE

If you’re a creative problem-solver and looking for an exciting career, engineering will satisfy your curiosity and give you the challenge you crave. As an engineer, your future could be in an office, a laboratory, an oil rig in the middle of the ocean, or even in outer space.

As an engineer you can have a direct and positive impact on the planet. Green skills are engineers who are environmentally-conscious, you could be working on energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles, conservation, sustainability, waste reduction all with the aim to help with the impact of climate change.

Our programmes focus on giving you hands-on, practical experience and a sound understanding of the theory and principles behind everything you do. You’ll join a group of curious and creative minds to spend time researching, designing, building and testing new technologies and products.

With an average starting salary of £26,536– higher than most graduate careers – and a shortage of engineers in the UK, there’s never been a better time to kick-start your engineering career. The engineering sector is hugely diverse with dozens of different disciplines and sectors, so there’s a wide range of roles.

Whether it’s your dream to work for a larger international firm such as GKN, Airbus, Rolls Royce or you’d prefer to make a difference in a regional or smaller company, you’re sure to find a good match for you.

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We've bundled the best education in the area with career boosted benefits - and are leveraging our contacts as one of the largest Colleges in the country to give you the best possible chance of success. We work with a range of employer partners and have several industry accreditations. These are all important factors in ensuring your study programme with us makes you job ready.

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Did you know? We work with a range of employer partners and offer apprenticeships with leading companies in the South West. We are also the national winners of the 2022 AAC Awards named as the Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeship Provider of the Year.

What do engineering learners experience at Weston College:

  • A curriculum developed in partnership with employers - ensuring you have the right skills for progression in the workplace
  • Exposure to employers throughout your journey – making sure you are aware of all the many opportunities that studying Engineering can bring and the potential career opportunities available to you
  • A key focus on the sustainability and green skills needed for the future – so we will raise your awareness and build the specialists required for the sector
  • Immersive experiences such as sustainability learner conferences, real world challenges judged by employers, guest speakers and industry visits
  • Access to world class facilities and lecturers with current industry experience – utilisation of Industry Insights to enable upskilling in the sector
  • New opportunities – Degree Apprentices taking part in Hydrogen Bootcamps and apprentices supported to have international placements
  • Supportive teaching staff who are committed to ensuring you develop the right knowledge, skills and behaviours for the workplace but also the development of the ‘softer skills’ needed for the sector

So, what are you waiting for? Come join us at Weston College and get ready to engineer the future!

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Level 2

General Welder, Apprenticeship

18 Months
Aug 2024
SOUTH WEST SKILLS CAMPUS
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A general welder apprenticeship is an excellent pathway for individuals seeking to establish a successful career in the field of welding. Welders are used extensively and in almost every sector of industry, including the steelwork construction sector, motor, marine, and many more. Fully certified welders can work anywhere in the world, and the...

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Level 2

Performing Engineering Operations EAL, Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2024
SOUTH WEST SKILLS CAMPUS
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Discover the world of engineering and develop your skills with our engineering diploma. Whether you're new to the subject or looking to enhance your existing skills, this course is the perfect choice. You will gain practical experience, improve your organisational abilities, and learn how to identify and proactively solve problems. Our compre...

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Level 3

Composites Technician, Apprenticeship

36 Months
Aug 2024
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This apprenticeship offers a specialised and exciting career path for individuals passionate about working with advanced composite materials. A composites technician plays a crucial role in the production and manufacturing of materials and components that find application in diverse applications such as airplanes, cars, boats, turbine blades, ...

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Level 3

Engineering and Manufacturing, T Level

2 Years
Sep 2024
SOUTH WEST SKILLS CAMPUS
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The Engineering T Level offers aspiring engineers a comprehensive and dynamic pathway to embark on a rewarding career in the field. Designed to bridge the gap between education and industry, this innovative programme combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills, ensuring you are well-prepared for the challenges of the engineering secto...

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Level 3

Engineering Technician, Apprenticeship

42 Months
Aug 2024
SOUTH WEST SKILLS CAMPUS
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This apprenticeship offers a unique and valuable opportunity for individuals aspiring to become skilled professionals in the field of engineering. The comprehensive programme combines theoretical knowledge with practical, hands-on training to cultivate a well-rounded skillset in engineering principles and practices. Under the guidance of exper...

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Level 3

Engineering Technologies, Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2024
SOUTH WEST SKILLS CAMPUS
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This programme offers a seamless progression for learners from level two engineering programmes to apprenticeships or further education. This predominantly practical course builds upon the skills acquired in previous PEO (Principles of Engineering Operations) studies. The focus of the programme is to develop advanced technical abilities in mac...

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Level 3

Machining Technician, Apprenticeship

42 Months
Aug 2024
SOUTH WEST SKILLS CAMPUS
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This programme offers a specialised pathway for individuals seeking a rewarding career in precision machining. The apprenticeship provides a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on training, equipping you with the skills and expertise needed to excel in the field of machining. Through a combination of classroom instruction and pract...

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Level 3

Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician, Apprenticeship

45 s
Aug 2024
SOUTH WEST SKILLS CAMPUS
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This apprenticeship offers a comprehensive and specialised pathway for individuals aspiring to excel in the field of maintenance and operations engineering. This dynamic programme provides a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on training, equipping you with the skills and expertise needed to maintain and optimise complex engineeri...

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THE FACILITIES

You will benefit from a range of facilities, workshops and laboratories that will allow you to carry out a range of operations, including:

  • Aerospace, including tornado jet engine with subsonic wind tunnel
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics
  • Electronics
  • Material analysis and deformation
  • Milling, turning and CNC
  • Composites
  • Welding
  • Fabrication

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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

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Solomon
I found all the topics to be very relevant to the job I will be doing, and involvement from employers was very good. I thoroughly enjoyed my GKN immersion weeks.
Studied:

Engineering Technologies, Level 3 Diploma

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Jonah
Jonah’s passion for the industry is clear; he strives for the best quality standards in all his work and is always prepared to help out in STEM events and Open Evenings.
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Engineering apprenticeship

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Airport

<p>Two <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/t-lev… Level</a> students have recently had the exciting opportunity to complete their placement with Griffiths Farrans JV, as part of their commitment to support the next generation of talent in construction and civil engineering.</p><p>The work placement element of<a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/t-lev…; T Levels</a> (which equates to 20% of the duration of the course) gives learners the opportunity to put the theory they have learned in the classroom into practice and gain real-life experience in an industry related to their course.</p><p>Ned and Kimberly, who study Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning, have been working on an exciting public transport project at Bristol Airport since April, which has involved helping in delivering an enlarged public transport interchange with an enhanced internal road system.</p><p>The learners are also working on an additional multi-story car park which includes waiting rooms and rest facilities. These projects are part of Bristol Airport’s multi-million-pound transformational development plan which aims to allow 12 million passengers a year to use the Airport.</p><p>Kimberly says that the activities she usually carries out day-to-day at her work placement involve taking levels, marking out points for ground works, and creating surveys. The area that she has found the most interesting has been using modern technology to set out different aspects of the construction of the project such as a total station, magnet field controller and GPS to take levels and to set out on site.</p><p>When asked if Kimberly would encourage others to apply to T Levels, she said, “I would definitely recommend T Levels to other students. <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/t-lev… Levels</a> give you a more practical insight of the career field you want to go into.”</p><p>“Going to placement has really helped me think about my future and has provided a clearer vision of what I may want to do for my future. I am confident that this is the career field I am meant to be in, and I really enjoy it.”</p><p>Click here to read more about T Levels available at Weston College: <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/t-lev…;

Bristol Airport recruiters in an informal interview with a learner

<p data-pm-slice="1 1 []">Last week we hosted a successful Fast Track Engineering Interview Event at our South West Skills Campus. The event provided an excellent platform for students to directly engage with leading employers in the engineering industry actively seeking new talent.&nbsp;</p><p>From Level 2 to degree apprenticeships, the event offered a variety of opportunities, providing students a gateway to prestigious positions within the region's most impressive&nbsp;companies. Learners were given exclusive access to renowned employers, without the need for a formal CV, only required to have a passion for engineering.&nbsp;</p><p>The event offered face-to-face interactions between students and key decision-makers, creating meaningful connections and opening doors to promising career paths within the engineering sector. Notable participating employers included Bristol Airport, Rotamec, Bristol Port Company, among others, highlighting the number of opportunities available to attendees.&nbsp;</p><p>If you missed out on this fantastic event, you can still browse our Apprenticeships page <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/apprenticeships/vacancies ">here</a> to find your dream career.</p><p data-pm-slice="1 1 []"><strong>If you are passionate about education and are looking for an opportunity to join the staff team at a leading college, then look at the latest job vacancies available at Weston College </strong><a class="ProsemirrorEditor-link" href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/jobs?utm_source=main-menu&amp;utm_medium=main-…;. You can find all the latest job opportunities that Weston College has to offer, with a commitment to providing quality education for learners and a focus on continuous professional development for staff, Weston College is an excellent place to work and grow in your career.</strong>&nbsp;</p>

engineering apprentice in bristol ar GKN aerospace

<p><strong>Earn while you learn, at global engineering organisation, GKN Aerospace.</strong></p>

<p>We have teamed up with GKN Aerospace to offer 23 vacancies, with roles including:</p>

<ul>
<li>Aerospace Engineer Degree Apprentice</li>
<li>Engineering Production Apprentice</li>
<li>Engineering Maintenance Technician Apprentice</li>
<li>Engineering&nbsp;Technical Support Technician Apprentice.</li>
</ul>

<p><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/apprenticeships-gkn#weston-paragraph-ec-form">… YOUR APPLICATION HERE</a></p>

<p>GKN Aerospace design, manufacture and service systems and components for manufacturers around the world. This opportunity will give you the chance to not only gain a qualification but also get experience from some of the best engineers in the country.</p>

<p>This exclusive apprenticeship programme starts in September 2024 and will allow you to be in paid employment from as young as 16 year old, whilst also studying towards one of three professional and recognised engineering qualifications.</p>

<p>As a GKN Apprentice your time will be split between the real-world production facilities (Filton) or Western Approach (Bristol) and Weston College’s engineering campus on Locking Road (Weston-super-Mare).&nbsp;</p>

<p>It's easy to apply, fill in the form below and we will be in touch to discuss your application, answer any questions and support you with your next steps.</p>

<p><strong>The closing date for applications is 23rd February 2024, which will be followed by an initial assessment for successful candidates.&nbsp;</strong></p>

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