Types of Apprenticeship

Automotive

Mechanic Apprenticeship & Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship

Automotive Mechanic (Light Vehicle)

Job Summary:

Rapid changes in automotive technology mean motor mechanics are becoming more specialised in their area of work.

The apprentice undertaking this role will primarily service and repair the mechanical parts of a motor vehicle including:

  • The engine
  • The transmission (clutch, gear box and differential)
  • The suspension system (springs, steering, brakes, wheels and tyres)

The apprentice will also perform tasks including:

  • Discussing problems with vehicle drivers to discover faults with their vehicle
  • Carrying out their own diagnostic procedures

The apprentice will also repair and service:

  • Cooling systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Air conditioning and emission control systems
  • Clutch assemblies
  • Manual and automatic transmissions
  • Braking systems
  • Final drive assemblies
  • Ignition and electronic engine management electrical systems.

Mechanic Apprenticeship & Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship

Automotive Glazing

Automotive Vehicle Body Service Person (vehicle glazing)

Job Summary:

Vehicle glaziers repair and/or replace windscreens and side and rear glass in motor vehicles.

Duties include:

  • Repairing laminated windscreens
  • Removing damaged windscreens and/or side and rear glass in motor vehicles
  • Removing moulds and trims from around damaged autoglass
  • Repairing or replacing damaged autoglass frames, moulds and window winding mechanisms
  • Installing pre-cut and/or shaped autoglass according to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications.

The trainee undertaking this role will be working in a workshop or with a mobile service unit.

Mechanic Apprenticeship & Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship

Panel Beating

Job Summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will:

  • Repair damage to metal, plastic and fibreglass bodywork on vehicles
  • Make and form vehicle panels using machines and hand tools

Duties include:

  • Determining vehicle damage
  • Recommending repair procedures
  • Removing damaged panels
  • Fixing dents using mechanical and hydraulic equipment to straighten and realign chassis and body frames
  • Using oxy-acetylene and welding equipment to cut and join replacement sections or damaged vehicle panels
  • Filling depressions with plastic fillers
  • Filing, grinding and sanding repaired surfaces using power and hand tools.

Mechanic Apprenticeship & Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship

Spray Painting

Automotive Vehicle Body Trades Person (vehicle painting)

Job summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will perform tasks including:

  • Removing rough spots on vehicle panels
  • Sanding surfaces using hand or power tools
  • Carrying out masking procedures
  • Colour matching and mixing paints
  • Applying primer and finishing coats
  • Polishing and waxing the finished paint work.

Building and Construction

Building Apprenticeship & Construction Apprenticeship

Carpentry

Job Summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will set out and construct:

  • Wall frames
  • Ceiling frames
  • Pitched roofs
  • Eaves
  • External stairs
  • Flooring systems
  • Install windows and doors

Building Apprenticeship & Construction Apprenticeship

Bricklaying

Job Summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will:

  • Lay bricks and blocks
  • Construct structural masonry systems, masonry walls, stairs, corners, curved walls, piers and columns.

Building Apprenticeship & Construction Apprenticeship

Cabinet Making

Job Summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will train in the areas of:

  • Using hand and power tools used within the furniture sector
  • Assembling furniture components
  • Selecting and applying hardware
  • Joining solid timber
  • Hand making timber joints
  • Setting up, operating and maintaining basic static machines
  • Applying manufactured board conversion techniques
  • Constructing furniture using leg and rail method
  • Fabricating custom furniture
  • Installing furnishing products
  • Producing manual and computer aided production drawings
  • Preparing cutting lists from plans and job specifications
  • Preparing surfaces for finishing
  • Reading and interpreting work documents
  • Estimating and costing jobs
  • Safe handling of dangerous goods and hazardous substances.

Building Apprenticeship & Construction Apprenticeship

Plumbing

Job Summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will:

Lay out, test and maintain:

  • Pipes
  • Fixtures
  • Metal roofing
  • Fittings
  • Gas meters
  • Regulators
  • Units
  • Appliances

Install equipment such as:

  • Boilers
  • Pumps
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Natural gas appliances
  • Water tanks
  • Water heaters
  • Solar water heating systems

Install, maintain and repair:

  • Pipes in storm water or sewerage systems and drains
  • Septic tanks, holding wells, sullage pits and absorption tracks.

Plumbers may also be licenced to perform a limited range of services such as  draining or gas fitting.

Building Apprenticeship & Construction Apprenticeship

Painting

Job summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will:

  • Apply paint by brush and roller
  • Apply texture coat paint finishes
  • Apply clear stains
  • Match specified paint colours
  • Apply decorative finishes
  • Apply wall paper
  • Safely treat lead paint hazards

Building Apprenticeship & Construction Apprenticeship

Plastering (Solid)

Job summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will:

  • Apply set coats and render/texture coats to straight and curved surfaces
  • Install precast and decorative mouldings
  • Restore and renovate solid plasterwork

Building Apprenticeship & Construction Apprenticeship

Plastering (Wall and Ceiling Lining)

(Previously Fibrous Plastering)

The apprentice undertaking this role will:

  • Assemble partitions
  • Install and finish plasterboard and fibre cement sheeting to walls and ceilings

Building Apprenticeship & Construction Apprenticeship

Roof Tiling

Job summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will:

  • Tile regular and irregular roofs

Repair and renovate tile roofs

Building Apprenticeship & Construction Apprenticeship

Tiling (Floor and Wall)

Job summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will:

  • Fix and lay wall tiles
  • Carry out mosaic and decorative tiling
  • Tile curved surfaces

Electrical Trades

Electrical Apprenticeship

Electrician

Job summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will:

  • Select, install, set up, test, fault-find, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment in buildings and premises.

The apprenticeship includes ERAC requirements for an Electrician’s Licence.

Hospitality

Hospitality Traineeships

Commercial Cookery

Job summary:

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge to become a competent, qualified chef. Work will be undertaken in a variety of hospitality venues where food is prepared and served including:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Clubs
  • Pubs
  • Cafes
  • Cafeterias
  • Coffee shops

Individual trainees may have some responsibility for others and provide technical advice and support to a team.

Hospitality Traineeships

Hospitality Operations Level 3

Job summary:

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to become competent in skilled operations where there is a need to apply discretion and judgement.

Work will be undertaken in various hospitality settings including:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Clubs
  • Pubs
  • Cafes
  • Coffee shops

Individual trainees may have some responsibility for others and provide technical advice and support to a team.

Mechanical & Engineering

Engineering Apprenticeship

Diesel Fitting

Job summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will be involved in the repair, servicing and maintenance of:

  • Heavy earthmoving and agricultural machinery
  • Large marine engines
  • Heavy lift vehicles
  • Stationary plant equipment including lift motors and generating sets etc.

The apprentice undertaking this role will perform these duties on:

  • Engines
  • Cooling systems
  • Automatic transmissions
  • Brakes
  • Clutches
  • Gear boxes
  • Fuel pumps
  • Axel assemblies
  • Electrical equipment

The apprentice will use a wide variety of hand, electrical and air tools as well as:

  • Welding equipment
  • Hydraulic presses
  • Cranes or gantries
  • Tuning equipment
  • Lathes (milling and other attachments optional)
  • Necessary specialised equipment including various pressure testers, brake and valve servicing equipment, ring compressors and equipment for the pulling and pressing of bearings.

Engineering Apprenticeship

Boiler Maker

Job summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will work with heavy gauge steel: cutting, shaping assembling and welding. Apprentice Boiler Makers will construct or repair metal products by joining parts using a variety of manual and machine-welding methods. These parts may be used to complete structures and equipment.

Graduates will typically work for heavy engineering companies involved in the production, fabrication and development of items made from plate materials including steel of varying thicknesses and other ferrous and non-ferrous materials.

Graduates may also be employed in the construction industry putting together steel components for large structures like buildings and bridges. Skilled Boiler Makers may be involved in the manufacturing of cooling towers, pressure vessels, hoppers, mining equipment, excavation buckets, large trailer bodies, smoke stacks, transformer containers, storage bins and large pipe work. Employment opportunities include the development and fabrication of structural items including building-supports, structural beams, gantries, crane carries and jibs.

The apprentice boiler maker will learn to work from detailed drawings and will be involved with materials including:

  • I-Beam
  • Angle iron,
  • U-Sections
  • Square, oblong or round section
  • Plastics
  • Specialist measuring equipment
  • A range of hand tools

Apprentices will use equipment in an enclosed and well equipped workshop including:

  • MIG
  • Submerged arc
  • Oxy and other welding equipment
  • Oxy/gas cutting equipment (straight line, profile and multi-head)
  • Rollers
  • Metal forming and shaping machines
  • Marking out tables
  • Friction saws
  • Grinders (hand and pedestal)
  • Air arc gouges
  • Portable hand tools

Welders may specialise in:

  • Custom fabrication
  • Ship building and repair
  • Pressure vessel welding
  • Pipeline construction
  • Structural construction
  • Machinery and equipment repair

Engineering Apprenticeship

Fitter and Turner

Job summary:

The apprentice undertaking this role will normally work in a workshop but may perform tasks away from their normal workplace. They will typically be involved in:

  • The setting up of machinery to enable the manufacture of engineering products
  • Repair and replacement of components, parts or other items
  • Installation of plant and machinery
  • Design and manufacture of modifications to existing components, parts and other items
  • Maintenance of plant and equipment
  • Construction and commissioning works
  • Repair of shipping machinery e.g. Winches, glands, drive shafts, turbines etc.
  • Power station maintenance.

Apprentices will work in an enclosed and well equipped workshop, use specialist measuring equipment, a range of hand tools and work from detailed drawings. They will be expected to use:

  • Welding equipment
  • Lathes
  • Milling machinery
  • Grinding machinery
  • Hydraulic presses
  • Thread cutting machinery
  • CNC and NC lathes or machining equipment
  • Hydraulic copying equipment
  • Tool cutting and grinding equipment
  • Gear cutting machinery
  • Boring equipment

The apprentice may operate metal and ceramic spraying equipment, hydraulic test equipment and undertake the treatment of metals including oil baths, furnaces, gas or electric ovens etc.