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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
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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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Ben
I chose this course because I wanted to expand my engineering knowledge and gain the skills I need in the workplace. The employers I met taught me lots and helped me see how to move forward in the industry, and the facilities available at the College have helped me develop the technical skills I need.
Studied:

Engineering Technician, Apprenticeship

Andra Malina
Andra
"For anyone on the fence about being in the engineering field, don’t be discouraged about the fact that you don’t know what half the tools even do. The best way to learn is hands-on, which an apprenticeship provides an amazing opportunity for."
Studied:

HNC in Electrical Engineering (year 2) and Level 3 Apprenticeship as Support Technician (year 4)

LATEST NEWS

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<p>Weston College is delighted to announce its partnership with <a href="https://rotamec.com/">Rotamec</a&gt; as a Career Excellence Hub endorser for engineering, marking a significant milestone in its commitment to providing exceptional learning opportunities for its learners.</p>

<p>Through this partnership, Rotamec will play a pivotal role in co-designing the engineering training provision, creating an inspiring learning experience, and equipping students with the skills needed to thrive in the business and wider industry.</p>

<p>Paul Pearce, Sales &amp; Operations Director of Rotamec, said: "Our partnership with Weston College is paramount to the continued success, growth and sustainability of our engineering business. We work closely with Weston College at every juncture, ensuring we provide the best learning opportunities and facilities for all students. Our shared vision is to create an environment where students can learn, develop and enhance our core engineering skills, securing the future of our industry."</p>

<p>Andrew Webster, Education Sector Manager – Further Education &amp; Skills at The Careers &amp; Enterprise Company, said: “The team at Weston College don’t just work on one off projects about careers and the world of work, they work strategically, embedding information and examples about careers into so much of what they do. All of this means their young people are as well prepared as possible to take on the future.”</p>

<p>Sir Paul Phillips, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College Group, added: “At Weston College, our mission statement is ‘creating brighter futures’ and we passionately believe in helping all our students reach their ultimate goal, focussing on their future employability and developing the skills they will need to have a successful career.</p>

<p>“The partnership between Weston College and Rotamec signifies a shared vision for developing a highly skilled workforce that can drive businesses and industries forward. By providing learners with access to industry-specific training and work experience opportunities, this collaboration will nurture a pool of talented individuals ready to contribute to the success and growth of the engineering industry.”</p>

<p><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/FutureTalentBusinessPartner?utm_source=main-me… out more about Career Excellence Hubs, by clicking here. </a></p>

Georgia, MoD Apprentice, standing in front of jet

<p>June 23rd marks an important day on the calendar for the engineering community and beyond – International Women in Engineering Day. This annual event serves as a powerful reminder of the contributions, achievements, and ongoing challenges faced by women in the field of engineering. It is a day to recognise and celebrate the remarkable women who have shattered glass ceilings and challenged stereotypes, while also highlighting the ongoing efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the engineering profession.</p>

<p>Engineering has long been considered a male-dominated field, with women historically underrepresented in various engineering disciplines. However, at Weston College and University Centre Weston (UCW), we are making conscious efforts to give the support and encouragement needed for women to pursue their dream career in the Engineering industry. This support has been in the form of scholarships, job opportunities and apprenticeships, encouraging women to break down the barriers and have a successful career in the industry.</p>

<p>One of the most significant challenges faced by women in engineering is the gender imbalance within the field. According to recent data from EngineeringUK, women make up only 16.5% of engineers in the UK. This disparity can be attributed to a multitude of factors, including societal stereotypes, lack of representation, unconscious bias, and systemic barriers. Women in Engineering Day serves as a platform to address these issues and advocate for change. By showcasing the accomplishments of women engineers and highlighting their stories, we can inspire more young women to consider engineering as a viable and rewarding career path.</p>

<p><img alt="Georgia - MOD apprentice" class="jh-pad" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b7f7cdd7-c288-46bd-8ccd-63f8074f8c13" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Georgia%20Apprentice%20MoD%203%20Web_0.png" />Georgia was recently awarded a new Engineering and Green Skills scholarship, in partnership with the Luke Wheaton Trust, who impressed judges in her application with her love of engineering and desire to succeed.</p>

<p>When catching up with Georgia about the scholarship, she said: “I was so happy when I found out that I had been awarded the Luke Wheaton Legacy Trust Scholarship.</p>

<p>“I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship so far, as I have been able to meet apprentices from other companies as well as learning important skills about engineering and sustainability.</p>

<p>“I have enjoyed learning about different materials, their testing and application to different aircraft parts.</p>

<p>“When I complete my degree apprenticeship, I would like to further this understanding and research into material properties and look at cost effective and sustainable solutions to use in the aerospace industry.”</p>

<p><img alt="Chloe - engineering Assessor " class="jh-pad" data-align="left" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="591333a9-826f-4b78-9e09-d18b3c5ac50a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Chloe%20Engineering%20Assessor%20Web.png" />Another successful female engineer from within the college is Chloe, who’s job role is Engineering Assessor.</p>

<p>Chloe told us: “I was looking for an opportunity to develop my career in this direction when a perfect job came up at the college. This involved having more time directly influencing and developing up-and-coming engineers on their apprenticeships in a range of technical skills, within an often diverse and challenging environment.”</p>

<p>In recent years, efforts to increase gender diversity in engineering have gained momentum. The West of England Institute of Technology, for example, are 500% ahead of target in female learner numbers. By fostering an inclusive environment and breaking down barriers, these initiatives are helping to create a more diverse and vibrant engineering community.</p>

<p>While progress has undoubtedly been made, there is still work to be done. Women continue to face challenges such as unconscious bias, lack of representation in leadership positions, and the persistence of gender stereotypes. Recognising these obstacles and actively working to overcome them is crucial for achieving true gender parity in engineering. By embracing diversity, fostering an inclusive culture, and providing equal opportunities, we can harness the collective talents and perspectives of all individuals, irrespective of gender.</p>

<p>On International Women in Engineering Day, let us celebrate the achievements of women engineers, past and present, and acknowledge the incredible contributions they have made to society. It is a day to honour their resilience, brilliance, and innovation. But it is also a reminder that our efforts must extend beyond a single day. We must continue to advocate for equal opportunities, challenge gender biases, and support aspiring women engineers. By doing so, we can build a future where engineering is truly a field that embraces and empowers individuals of all genders.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/engin… out more about our engineering courses, by clicking here.</a></p>

Sustainability Conference 2023 in winter gardens

<p>This week, Weston College have hosted two events focusing on sustainability; a Community Beach Clean on Monday 24th April and a Sustainability Conference on Thursday 26th April.</p>

<p>Both events’ main aim was to educate those in attendance on the importance of sustainability, through interactivity, guest talks and informative resources.</p>

<p>The <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/news/community-beach-clean-event">Beach Clean</a> was open to staff and students, but also to members of the community to work towards a cleaner environment. This event was very kindly funded by <a href="https://www.burnhamandwestonenergy.co.uk/">Burnham &amp; Weston Energy</a>, meaning all necessary equipment could be provided to help make this event as accessible as possible! The clean was a huge team effort of volunteers from the college and community, to help with the restoration and preservation of our coastlines, and acting as a fun and engaging way to raise awareness about environmental issues.</p>

<p>Alongside the actual beach clean element of this event, there were also several stands set up in the Tropicana where students and the public could learn more. <a href="https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/">North Somerset Council</a>’s Waste and Recycling team, as well as their Energy team had stands at the <a href="http://tropicanaweston.co.uk/">Tropicana</a&gt;, on hand and ready to inform and engage in meaningful conversations with the community.</p>

<p>Following the theme throughout the week, the Weston College Sustainability Conference took place at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, with learners from the college and UCW, as well as employers in attendance. Burnham &amp; Weston Energy’s Lynda Wookey provided the keynote speech, focused on Community Energy to contribute towards the development of the college’s sustainability strategy for the future.</p>

<p>Employers who work closely with the college also dotted stalls throughout the ballroom, including North Somerset Council, <a href="https://www.chillicharity.org.uk/">Uncle Paul’s Chilli Charity</a> and <a href="https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/">Garden Organic</a>. The stalls, similar to the beach clean, were able to bring interactive games and resources to engage the attendees in learning about environmental issues. Our <a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/courses-16-18-year-olds/trave… and Tourism</a> learners had their own stall on the Future of Sustainable Transport in Weston, which acted as fantastic experience in interacting with new people and presenting their own ideas.</p>

<p>Following this, the attendees were treated to an insightful Q&amp;A session with panellists including Lynda Wookey (<a href="https://www.burnhamandwestonenergy.co.uk/">Burnham &amp; Weston Energy</a>) Kate Eastment (<a href="https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/">Garden Organic</a>), Joe Tristram (<a href="https://www.cse.org.uk/">Centre for Sustainable Energy</a>), Alexandra Watson (<a href="https://www.michelmores.com/">Michelmores</a&gt;) and Amelia Cruz (<a href="https://www.younity.coop/">Younity</a&gt;), before a student discussion to conclude the event.</p>

<p>Jo Philpott, Vice Principal – Curriculum Delivery &amp; Technical Innovation, commented on the success of the week: “Here at Weston College, we are very committed to our Sustainability and Social Action Framework. This framework, in turn, will help us in building a green, lean and socially responsible culture to create a sustainable and community focused College of the Future.</p>

<p>“Through implementing initiatives such as the Beach Clean and the Conference this week, we are able to engage a huge number of our learners, staff, and the wider community of North Somerset, and play a part in an agile and responsive approach to our community. I am thrilled with the outcome of both events, and look forward to the impact they each have for the future.”</p>

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