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West London IoT courses and apprenticeships are delivered by lead partner HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College). Therefore, all apprenticeships link to the HCUC Apprenticeships and Skills website. This is where you will find further information on apprenticeships and vacancies available. 

Auto-Care Technician (Level 2)  

Duration  
30 months (this does not include an EPA period)  
Overview of the role  
An auto-care technician carries out a range of services and repairs to cars, car derived vans and light goods vehicles, working in an auto-care or “fast-fit” centre, which may be part of a national chain or operated by a regional/local independent group/owner. An auto-care technician requires a unique combination of technical, retail and customer service skills. 
 
They will use a range of tools, measuring and diagnostic equipment to identify & repair simple system faults. The auto-care technician has to demonstrate expertise not only in the technical elements of their role and have a good grasp of the practical and theoretical aspects of the vehicle systems they service, but also needs to have excellent telephone, customer handling (including how to handle difficult customers and deal with customer disappointment) and effective sales skills, as well 
as strong problem solving and self- organisation skills. 
 
They must be able to work as part of a team but also operate independently, understand how their centre operates from a commercial perspective and how their actions contribute to business results, whilst maintaining a high standard of workmanship. 
Entry Requirements 
16 years or over. 
Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for applicants. It is however recommended that candidates can demonstrate an interest in the occupation as well as an ability to work in an organised and methodical way to identify and solve problems; also demonstrate an ability to communicate both orally and in writing. 
Apprentices without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their apprenticeship end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or legacy statement, the English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language. 
Delivery  
A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at the Uxbridge Campus. 
Qualifications and Professional Membership  
On completion of this Standard the Auto-care Technician will be eligible to apply for IMI membership as a Registered Young Professional or if they wish as an Associate Member. 
Employers involved in creating the standard  
Kwik Fit, National Tyre & Autocare, ATS Euromaster, Micheldever Pro-Tyre, Merityre, Selecta Tyre, Universal Tyre & Autocare, McConechy’s Tyre & Autocentres, Horndean Tyres, Tyre City Autocentres, STS TyrePros, Formula 1 Autocentres  

Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician (Level 3)  

Duration  
Typically 36-42 months  
Overview of the role  
Maintaining the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment in industries that are part of the national infrastructure engineering sector, such as electricity generating, oil and gas refining and pharmaceuticals. 
 
Maintenance & operations engineering technician covers 7 roles: electrical technicians; mechanical technicians; control & instrumentation technicians; wind turbine technicians electrical system and process control technicians; electromechanical technicians and plant operations technicians. 
 
They will maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment in one or more of the following industries that are part of, or have activities that are part of, the broader national infrastructure Engineering Sector: the electricity generating environment, which may use a range of different fuels including coal, gas, nuclear, wind and other renewable sources; telecommunications power plants; oil and gas refining; nuclear waste reprocessing; processing and production of chemicals; pharmaceuticals; human and animal food; cosmetics; petrochemicals; sewerage and the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas. 
Entry Requirements  
16 years or over. 
Typically 3 GCSEs at grade C or higher including mathematics, English and science, or equivalent and/or relevant experience. 
Delivery  
A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at our Uxbridge/Harrow/Hayes campus.  
Qualifications 
Apprentices must achieve level 2 English and mathematics prior to taking the end-point assessment for the apprenticeship if they haven’t achieved them on entry. 
Employers involved in creating the standard 
Alstom, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Beck & Pollitzer Engineering Limited, Boulting, Cavendish Nuclear, Centrica Energy, Cofley Fabrication, Cordell Group, Doosan, E.ON, EDF Energy, Engenda Group, ESB, Horizon Nuclear Power, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Jacabs, Magnox, PEME, RWE, Shepley Engineers Limited, Specialised Management Services, Springfields Fuels Limited, Scottish and Southern Energy, Technica, Veolia, Vogal Group, Wisbeach Electrical Ltd 

Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) (Level 3)  

Duration  
36 months (this does not include an EPA period)  
Overview of the role  
A Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans and works either in dealerships which focus on a particular manufacturer, or in an independent garage which deals with many different makes of vehicles. 
 
In a large dealership the technician will typically report to the workshop controller, who in turn reports to the aftersales manager and liaises with the 
service reception. In smaller garages the technician will report directly to the owner or garage manager. The technician must be able to work independently but 
also operate as an effective team member and have good customer handling skills. They will understand how their workshop and the dealership/garage functions from a commercial perspective and identify ways in which they can work more efficiently. 
 
Technicians working in large dealerships work with other departments, for example carrying out work for the sales department and ordering parts from the parts department, whereas apprentices in smaller independent garages may be called upon to carry out some of the function of the other departments themselves, for example managing their own delivery of parts. The technician will work on all the systems found within the vehicle. The day-to-day work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment. The tasks faced are constantly changing, driven by the introduction of ever more complex technologies and diagnostic techniques. 
Entry Requirements 
16 years or over. 
Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to already have the following qualities: an interest in the way vehicles operate; able to demonstrate general analytical and mechanical skills, a capacity for mechanical reasoning and the potential to research, analyse and solve problems; well organised, methodical and good attention to detail; good spatial awareness; able to work in a team and to communicate well both orally and in writing; cares about delivering excellent service – both internally and externally to colleagues and customers. 
Delivery  
A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day release to study theory at the college at Uxbridge campus. 
Qualification 
Before the Standard is met, all apprentices must hold a certificate that meets the EU’s 2014 F-gas regulation. 
 
Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language. 
Employers involved in creating the standard  
Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Honda, VW Group (Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles), Stratstone Group, Arnold Clark Group, Cavalier garages, Quality Car Service, Jim Steele Garages, Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF), Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI. 

Engineering Fitter (Level 3)  

Duration  
Typically 42 months  
Overview of the role  
The broad purpose of the occupation is to produce complex high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part, using machines, equipment or systems, to the required specification. For example, turbines, cranes, gearboxes, production lines, rigs and platforms. Fitters may typically have a mechanical, electrical, electronic, control systems, pipe fitting or instrumentation bias or operate across multiple disciplines depending on the type of assembly. To produce or re-furbish the components fitters will interpret drawings/specifications and plan their work, for example ensuring they have the right tools, equipment and 
resources to complete the task to the required specification. 
 
Fitters are required to check their work against quality standards and make adjustments as required based on their knowledge. On completion of the task a fitter will hand over the product and prepare the work area for the next task by checking equipment meets the standards required to operate. They may be based in a workshop or clients premises - this may include hazardous environments. 
Entry Requirements  
16 years or over. 
There are no statutory/regulatory or other typical entry requirements. 
Health and Safety – All learning will need to comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements in the relevant sector. 
Delivery  
A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at our Uxbridge/Harrow/Hayes campus. 
Qualifications 
English and maths qualifications. 
Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. 
A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL. 
Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) – Awarding organization EAL; GLH 750,this qualification ensures full knowledge to complete the fitting role - Level: 3  
Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge) – Awarding organization Pearsons; GLH 720 – this qualification ensures full knowledge to complete the fitting role - Level: 3 
Employers involved in creating the standard 
Rolls Royce, UTAS, AMTC, Silicoms, MoveTech UK, Paradigm Precision, MGTS, Heller Machine Tools, Selex, Zeiss. 

Gas Engineering Operative (Level 3)  

Duration  
18 months (this does not include an EPA period)  
Overview of the role  
Gas engineering involves the safe installation, commission, decommission and the ongoing service and repair of gas appliances in either a domestic or nondomestic setting. Appliances can include, but are not limited to, a range of work categories such as central heating boilers, unvented hot water storage, ducted air heaters, cookers, space heaters, meters, alternative fuel, boosters, testing and purging for industrial pipework. Roles in gas engineering will include explaining how installations and appliances work, providing energy efficiency advice and ensuring customer service excellence at all times. Gas engineering operates strictly within the requirements of health and safety legislation. 
 
Roles in gas engineering are physical in nature, and may involve lifting and moving of equipment, working at heights and working in confined spaces. All gas engineers must be registered on the gas safe® register for each appliance in which they are competent to undertake work on. 
 
Applicants will normally have gained a minimum of 3-5 GCSEs (grade A-C) or equivalent, preferably English, mathematics and a science or relevant / appropriate experience. Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeship and will include a recognised background check, equivalent to Criminal Record Bureau/Disclosure and Barring Service (CRB/DBS). Those who work within gas engineering must have the core requirements below and demonstrate the technical requirements in one setting – domestic or nondomestic. They must be registered on the gas safe® register for four appliances. 
Entry Requirements 
16 years or over. 
Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers. 
Delivery  
A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at the college campuses including either Harrow or Uxbridge campus. 
Qualification 
Apprentices without level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end 
point assessment. 
Employers involved in creating the standard  
Carillion Services, Cofely, Dixons Carphone, Great Bay Ltd, Homeserve, Mears Group PLC, Mitie, PH Jones, Premier Energy Solutions, Robert Heath Heating Ltd, Energy & Utilities Skills, Heating & Hot Water Industry Council, Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers. 

Electrotechnical Installation (Level 3)  

Duration  
Typically 42 – 48 months, This may reduce if an apprentice is part-qualified or has relevant experience on entry. 
Overview of the role  
Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments. Electricians might work in both indoor and outdoor settings. Electrical equipment and systems may include switchboards, motors, cables, fuses, thermal relays, fault current protection switches, heating, lighting, air conditioning and metering equipment as well as crime and fire alarm systems and renewable energy technologies. They are able to work on their own proficiently and work without immediate supervision in the most efficient and economical manner. 
 
They may contribute to the design of electrical systems. They are able to set out jobs from drawings and specifications and requisition the necessary installation materials. 
 
Electrical safety is an important area of electricians’ work. On completion of their work the electrical systems must be safe to use. They must adhere to safe working practices without endangering themselves or others. 
 
Installation electricians work on the installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of low voltage (less than 1000v) electrical and electronic devices and appliances. Maintenance electricians work on the maintenance of electrical and electronic installations including automated production systems. Duties include the supervision of the equipment, its maintenance and necessary repairs. 
Entry Requirements  
16 years or over. 
Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications, trainability tests, or other criteria. Most candidates will have English and mathematics at level 2 on entry. 
Delivery  
A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at our Uxbridge/Harrow/Hayes campus. 
Qualifications 
Candidates will be required to achieve the Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, (Installation) or (Maintenance). 
Employers involved in creating the standard 
Institution of Engineering and Technology, Balfour Beatty, Barlows Electrical, Daly Limited, Darke & Taylor Ltd, Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry, National Grid, UPM Shotton Paper and SJD Assocatiates Ltd. 

Engineering Manufacturing Technician (Level 4)  

Duration  
Typically 42 months  
Overview of the role  
This occupation is found in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors, such as automotive, aerospace/airworthiness, chemical processing, land systems, marine, maritime defence, materials manufacturers and their respective supply chains. research indicates that the sector needs to recruit approximately 124,000 engineers and 
technicians every year. 
 
The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new/existing products, processes, or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible. Engineering manufacturing technicians gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information/data. 
 
They will make decisions, solve problems and produce and/or update technical documentation, reports or specifications covering areas such as quality, reliability, production schedules/targets, costing or other technical documentation that informs others, either internally or externally what needs to be done such as how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, 
commissioned or decommissioned. 
Entry Requirements  
16 years or over. 
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. In order to optimise success candidates will typically have 5 GCSE's at Grade C ( Grade 4/5 in the new numerical GCSE grading system) or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, and 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3. *(As further guidance, the level of Mathematics has an advisory GCSE level of grade B (Grade 5/6 in the new numerical GCSE grading system). 
Delivery  
A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at our Uxbridge/Harrow/Hayes campus. 
Qualifications 
English and maths qualifications. 
Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. 
A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL. 
Higher National Certificate in Engineering or Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Manufacturing Operations. Additional mandatory qualifications applicable only to Aerospace apprentices to meet Civil Aviation (CAA) requirements. 
Employers involved in creating the standard 
Siemens, Amazon, Toyota UK, Bentley Motors, Mondelez, Omega, Mechatronics international UK, Bae Systems, Kuka Robotics, Fairfield Control Systems. 
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