Thanks to Coalition member Briggs Marine for sharing their apprentice Dylan’s experience of apprenticeship with us to mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018.
Their Apprentice, Dylan Cooper, is following the Craft Modern Apprenticeship route featuring the five Core Skills; Foundation Phase Performing Engineering Operations Level 2, Academic Enhancement NC Fabrication and Welding Engineering, Sector Specific SVQ Fabrication and Welding Level 3 and Platework Pathway.
The SVQ Level 3 is delivered in the workplace and involves him being trained and assessed to National Occupational Standards for:
· Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
· Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
· Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
· Developing and marking out templates for metalwork
· Cutting plate and sections using shearing machines
· Cutting and shaping materials using portable thermal cutting equipment
· Forming platework using power rolling machines
· Producing and finishing holes using drilling machines
· Joining fabricated components using mechanical fasteners
· Producing fillet welded joints using a manual welding process
This is a four year apprenticeship programme. The first year is spent at College where the curriculum is split between theoretical and practical work. During years two to four, the Apprentice is in full time employment with the workforce. They follow the framework set out within the SQV Level 3 requirements. During the course of each year, their work is assessed by the College Assessor. All aspects of the work carried out is supported by a written project and the Assessor determines what progress is being made, where the strengths and weaknesses lie and what further support may be required.
Dylan is the second person to have followed this MA, the first being Ben Anthony who qualified in 2015 and has since gone on to become a full time Coded Welder at Briggs’ base in Burntisland.