Level 2 – Certificate in Preparation for Working in the Engineering Manufacturing Industry

Course Overview

This qualification seeks to provide the learner with the basic knowledge needed to aid securing employment within a modern engineering manufacturing environment. Achievement of this qualification does not imply competency. The qualification has been developed in consultation with employers who are keen to bring new entrants, who have little or no previous experience of a manufacturing environment, into the workforce. It is based on employers’ opportunities.

The course is suitable for potential new entrants into the engineering manufacturing workforce, who have little or no previous experience Learners considering moving into this industry, who also may have been unemployed for some time.


2 Weeks (10 days)


Assessment, Physical Activity


- Fully Funded (free if eligible)

19 Years +, No prior attainment, Lived in the UK for the past 3 years, No unspent criminal convictions, If unemployed… you must be claiming benefits, Not enrolled on another course

What Will I learn?


  • Introduction to Engineering Manufacturing: An overview of the engineering manufacturing industry, its role in the economy, and the different sectors within it. Understanding the key concepts, processes, and technologies involved in engineering manufacturing.
  • Materials and Processes: Exploring various materials used in engineering manufacturing, their properties, and applications. Introduction to manufacturing processes such as machining, welding, casting, moulding, and assembly. Understanding the factors influencing material selection and process choice.
  • Lean Manufacturing Principles: Introduction to lean manufacturing concepts and methodologies aimed at improving efficiency, reducing waste, and optimizing processes. Understanding techniques such as 5S, value stream mapping, and continuous improvement.
  • Industry Standards and Regulations: Familiarizing with relevant industry standards, regulations, and compliance requirements in engineering manufacturing. Understanding environmental sustainability practices and legal obligations.


  • Engineering Drawings and Documentation: Developing skills in interpreting engineering drawings, technical specifications, and manufacturing documentation. Understanding different symbols, notations, and standards used in engineering drawings.
  • Employability Skills: Developing transferable skills essential for success in the workplace. This may include communication skills, teamwork, problem-solving, time management, and professional conduct. Exploring career opportunities and pathways within the engineering manufacturing industry.
  • Technical Mathematics: Developing mathematical skills relevant to engineering manufacturing, such as measurement, units, conversions, calculations, and basic algebra. Applying mathematical concepts to solve practical problems encountered in the industry.
  • Machine Operation and Maintenance: Gaining knowledge of machine tools and equipment commonly used in engineering manufacturing. Understanding their operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Safety considerations when operating machinery.


  • Health and Safety: Emphasizing the importance of health and safety practices in the engineering manufacturing environment. Learning about risk assessments, hazard identification, personal protective equipment (PPE), and safe working procedures.
  • Quality Control and Inspection: Learning about quality control practices in engineering manufacturing, including statistical process control (SPC), quality assurance, and inspection techniques. Understanding the importance of quality standards and ensuring compliance.
  • Drive for results
  • Team Working
  • Professionalism
  • Strategic Thinking

Job Progression

  • Essential for entry into all job roles in the Engineering and Manufacturing industry. Enabling job opportunities and career advancement.

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Level 2 – Certificate in Preparation for Working in the Engineering Manufacturing Industry

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