Engineering and Green Skills


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.

Use this page to discover your perfect course, and apply direct right here.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician, Apprenticeship

45 s
Aug 2024
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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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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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Solomon at COS Awards
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.

Engineering Technologies, Level 3 Diploma

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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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Bristol Port Company

<p>There has been great success this year for our Engineering <a href="… Level</a> Learners who have all completed their Industry Placements! Our employers are essential to the development of our learners, and we are extremely grateful for their help in driving the future workforce within the engineering world.</p><p>The industry placements have led to some learners being offered apprenticeships and employment opportunities, massively helping learners with the transition into working life following their studies.</p><p>Here is what Rotamec’s Paul Korb - Health and Safety, Compliance and Sustainability Manager had to say about taking on Industry Placement learners:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>“The placement not only benefits the student during their experience with us, but it further allows the business to assess and find the ideal candidate who wishes to pursue a career in our industry. It allows us to ‘try before we buy’ and we will offer an apprenticeship at the completion of their course.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Not only does this benefit the business, but it also allows the student to sample our business and decide if this is a career path they wish to pursue.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Every student that attends our business, could be the future engineer for our industry. They could also be the next supervisor, foreman, or manager. If the student has the attitude for the job, we will assist the student to develop their skills and development. The students assist with the day to day running of the business and has really had a positive impact.”</strong></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>A big thank you to all of the following employers for providing our engineering learners with placements and giving them the invaluable experience of working in industry:</p><p><a href=""><strong>Rotamec</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>CFMS</strong></a></p><p><a href="… href=""><strong>Dans Engineering</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>MSeis</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Dirt Driver</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Syscon</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><st… Mapps</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Starling Cycles</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Suez</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Sigma Aluminium</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Nickell-Electro</strong></a></p><p… href=""><strong>Will Haley Engineering</strong></a></p><p><a href=""><strong>Bristol Port Company</strong></a></p><p><strong>AIM</strong></p><p><strong>Plant Ex Machinery</strong></p><p><strong>RJ MotorSPorts</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>If you would like to enquire about hosting a work placement student within your workplace, please contact <strong></strong>.</p>

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<p>Just a few years ago, we launched the exciting <a href="… Level</a> provision, designed to seamlessly integrate classroom learning with invaluable real-world experience.</p><p>As <a href="… Levels</a> continue to transform vocational training across the UK, you're likely brimming with questions about what these qualifications truly entail for you and how the industry placement works – from finding the placement to the types of tasks you will complete.</p><p>To give you the inside scoop, we spoke with Sandra Bull (<strong>SB</strong>), Assistant Principal and <a href="… Level</a> Lead at Weston College, and Paul Korb (<strong>PK</strong>), Health and Safety, Compliance and Sustainability Manager at Rotamec, who welcomes <a href="… Level</a> learners each year.</p><p>Together, they delve into the details, highlighting the immense benefits and diverse opportunities that <a href="… Levels</a> offer.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>How does the Industry Placement fit into the overall T Level programme?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: Each curriculum area designs their delivery with several selected employers as part of our Career Excellence Hub. They use them and the qualification spec to ensure that the placement is built in at the most appropriate time for that industry sector.</p><p>This may alter with each curriculum, for example Education and Early years have a national shortage of room staff so our learners assist via weekly placements.</p><p>In Digital we have employers happier to give projects so this specific division offer placements in blocks so that learners can see a project move from its start to completion.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: Bringing T Level students into the Rotamec business gives our staff a great opportunity to practise their mentoring skills.</p><p>Young people bring fresh ideas and new ways of thinking that can help our existing staff think differently about the way they do things. In addition to this, it allows the business to assess suitable candidates for an apprenticeship position, a try before we buy scenario.</p><p><em><strong>How will my child find an employer to complete an Industry Placement with – do they need to apply and complete an interview?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: We have a team of experienced staff to assist when finding the correct placement. This team will make contact with your child once they are enrolled to the course and between them and the tutor you will have all the guidance and advice required to select the best option.</p><p>Most industry placement will require the learner to have an interview, and this is a great way to find out their expectations and if that fits your child’s career aspiration.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: Going into any workplace for the first time can be very daunting, especially for youngsters.</p><p>Rotamec has a robust partnership with Weston College. Because of this, Rotamec wishes to ensure that your child feels at ease coming into our workplace and settles into the business in no time.</p><p>The college will arrange everything for your child and will communicate its plan for the placement with us. Prior to attending the workplace, the college will ensure that your child is ready for the placement.</p><p><em><strong>Can you provide an overview of the type of tasks my child will be doing during their Industry Placement?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: The Placement Officer and Tutor attached to your industry will explain what tasks may be required to complete and how this will fit into the overall qualification specification leading to the achievement.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: Each placement will be different depending on the course your child is on. Rotamec ensures that the activities undertaken during the placement, under pins the course.</p><p>Therefore, we will ensure that the placement has a blended learning outcome for your child. There may be some tasks that your child will undertake, but this is essential to give the child the chance to experience a normal working day that may be varied.</p><p><em><strong>How many hours per week/term will my child be expected to work during their Industry Placement?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: The overall expectation generally is around 315 hours over the year (for some sectors this will be higher for example Engineering and Early years) so this can be split into even blocks across the two years or their will be an expectation to attend weekly. During your child’s interview for a T Level this will be explained to them linked to their pathway and sector.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: The placement could vary for each cohort. For T Levels, the work placement will be a minimum of 45 days. However, if your child wishes to attend additional days, we will ensure arrangements are made with the college to accommodate this. School holidays are very popular for the learners to do extra days.</p><p><em><strong>What are the benefits for my son/daughter in completing an Industry Placement?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: Placements give valuable work experience, which are very important when it comes to building up a CV. It reflects the learner’s ambition, their work ethic and reliability.</p><p>On top of this, several T Level learners in the past have gained degree apprenticeships with the organisation that they completed their placement with, so this is certainly a big benefit of the T Level.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: Focusing on professional skills, T Levels have been designed with leading employers to give you the knowledge and skills you need to progress into work, further study or an apprenticeship.</p><p>T Levels combine class-based learning with an industry placement, giving you the chance to get hands-on experience and learn what a real career is like while you continue your studies.</p><p><em><strong>What kind of supervision and support will be provided to my child during their Industry Placement?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: Each placement has a dedicated manager or mentor who will be involved with regular reviews between the learner and the college tracking progression and areas to develop.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: Each candidate is assigned a mentor during their placement. We offer a variety of experience across all departments within the business, and each of the mentors will ensure the safeguarding of the students and support them in the learning, experience and safety.</p><p><em><strong>How will my child's progress be monitored and evaluated during their Industry Placement?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: Targets will be set by the learner and the tutor, but also with the mentor and our placement team as required, to ensure progression is measured and at a level that suits their abilities and assessment schedule.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: As a business, we have created a learning plan that will support the students during their placement with us.</p><p>The learning plan not only assists the mentor in ensuring that the student gets the most out of their experience, but it further ensures that the business covers all the relevant subjects covered on the student’s course.</p><p><em><strong>Are there opportunities for my child to continue working with the company after completing their Industry Placement?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: Absolutely and for many this is why they have chosen the T Level route. The programme gives you time and the employer time to find out what options would best fit you into the company as your skills and work behaviours develop. It also gives learners the time to work out if the company is the right fit for them, once they have completed their course.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: The placement not only benefits the student during their experience with us, but it further allows the business to assess and find the ideal candidate who wishes to pursue a career in our industry. It allows us to “try before we buy” and we will offer an apprenticeship at the completion of their course.</p><p>Not only does this benefit the business, but it also allows the student to sample our business and decide if this is a career path they wish to pursue.</p><p><em><strong>What safety measures are in place to ensure my child's wellbeing during their Industry Placement?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: Each placement is required to work with the Placement Officer providing insurance and safety measures. The placement will provide learners with an induction to the environment and their placement officer will be the main contact if something is not correct.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: The safeguarding of all our staff and especially your child is paramount to us. As a business we have a rigorous Safety Management System to ensure that the students and staff are kept safe. Every staff member and student have a safety induction on their first day in the business. Further safety briefings and training will be provided during their placement. No student is left unattended, during the working hours.</p><p><em><strong>Will my child have the opportunity to work on real projects or tasks relevant to their T Level course during their Industry Placement?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: Yes, most placements work on projects that are happening in the workplace now, so it gives the learner a true reflection on what the expectations are if they were to join them as a team after completing the T level.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: Initially in the first few days, the business will supply training units for the candidates to train on. After a few sessions with the mentor, if they deem the candidates competent enough, they will allow the candidates to work on live projects.</p><p><em><strong>Will my child have a designated mentor or point of contact at the company during their Industry Placement?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: Yes, a designated Placement Officer and a Personal Tutor who they will see very regularly.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: Every student is assigned a mentor that will oversee their work placement. They will also provide feedback to the students and college on their progress. This will identify their strengths and weaknesses that will help the student to develop.</p><p><em><strong>How does the Industry Placement align with the specific pathway or specialisation my child is pursuing within their T Level?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: For most T Level routes, you can have two placements in the programme. For many this may result in one for the first year linked to core elements of delivery, with a change over the summer period (as you enter into the second year) to a placement more specific to the chosen pathway.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: Our business ensures that the lesson plan aligns itself to the specific pathway that the student is on. Sometimes the student may learn additional skills. This is modelled to give the student the maximum experience during their placement.</p><p><em><strong>Can you provide examples of past successful Industry Placements and the impact they've had on students' education and career paths?</strong></em></p><p><strong>SB</strong>: We have had a lot of success stories from across our T Level provision. We have seen learners gain scholarships for university, gain their dream degree apprenticeship, and have the doors opened to an exciting career.</p><p>A few success stories include:</p><p>Lauren studied our Health T Level and found her placement really challenging initially but she was supported throughout her placement, where she impressed so much that on completion she gained a job with that employer.</p><p>Maria studied a Digital T Level and completed her placement with Zig Zag Education, where she was working on developing websites. Since completing her T Level, she has gone on to gain a role with Hinkley Point as a Delivery Management System Coordinator.</p><p>Ben completed his construction T Level last year, and on the back of his success was offered a degree apprenticeship with the organisation he completed his placement with.</p><p>Alex was on our Digital T Level programme where he completed his placement with SenseIT, and he has now progressed on to a Digital Technology Degree Apprenticeship with Airbus.</p><p><strong>PK</strong>: Rotamec has some staff who started their placements with us, and applied for an apprenticeship after they left school. Once they had completed their studies, they spent 3 years developing their skills and are now managers of their departments.</p><p>The business has also been recognised within our industry and the various colleges for the contributions to the skills and training of the students and has won various awards. This was all based on the successful accomplishments and the positive impact the students have had on our business.</p><p><em><strong>As an employer, what is the best thing about Industry Placements from your point of view?</strong></em></p><p><strong>PK</strong>: Every student that attends our business, could be the future engineer for our industry. They could also be the next supervisor, foreman, or manager. If the student has the attitude for the job, we will assist the student to develop their skills and development. The students assist with the day to day running of the business and has really had a positive impact.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>A big thank you to Sandra and Paul for their contribution.</p><p>If you would like to find out more about T Levels, then please <a href="… here</a>.</p>


<p>Two <a href="… 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="…; 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="… 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="…;

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