Access to Engineering

Your first step towards a career in Engineering

Who is it for?

A career in engineering puts you at the forefront of new technological advances  across the globe whether that’s your role in manufacturing a component in a communications satellite, aircraft maintenance, welding of pressure vessels for submarines or designing the next generation of  electric car – do you want to be a part of this?

Whether you want to start your studies in engineering or looking to gain an Apprenticeship, this course is a great foundation which will equip you with the engineering knowledge and skills to give you a competitive edge when applying for an Apprenticeship.

This course starts 10 January 2018 and runs until July 2018. We have a second course starting  September 2018.

To start it you need to be aged 16-18 with 4 GCSEs at grade D or 3, including English and maths.

What will I learn?

Our Access to Engineering course will enable you to gain a recognised engineering qualification and give you experience in a wide range of areas such as Machining, Electrical/Mechanical Maintenance and Welding so that you will be able to choose the pathway that best suits you, enabling you to make the right career choice for your apprenticeship.


Course Details

  • Location: PETA Engineering Training Centre, Havant, Hampshire
  • Duration: January 2018 - July 2018
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Course Overview
 Areas you will gain skills and knowledge in are;
  • Machining

You’ll learn how to safely operate milling machines and centre lathes that are used in a wide range of industries such as aerospace, automotive, and marine.  Typical job roles include toolmaker, production engineer, general machinist and programmer.  To put into practice what you have learnt you will produce your own working vice made out of mild steel and stainless.

  • Mechancial/Electrical Maintenance

This is all about understanding the foundations of maintenance to enable you to undertake fault finding, test and repair and general condition maintenance.  Typical job roles include maintenance engineer, shift engineer and site maintenance engineer.  During your course you will be working with a variety of equipment used in industry today which will prepare you for an apprenticeship.

  • Welding*

Your first experience of welding will be to understand the welding equipment used in industry today and then undertake butt and fillet welds in different positions as well as edge and corner welds.  Typical job roles include General Welder, Marine Welder, Coded Welder and Construction Welder.  You will produce test pieces that you can take to apprenticeship interviews to demonstrate your skills to employers.

Work Experience

You’ll get the chance to gain real work experience with an employer in an engineering environment during the course.  This will look great on your CV!

Employability Skills

Not only do you gain work experience, you will also learn how to present yourself at interview, talk about your skills and what you can bring to a new employer and write a good CV which will help you stand out from everyone else, all helping you to get an Apprenticeship.


This course also includes:

  • trips to engineering employers so that you can see for yourself what it’s like in a real engineering workplace
  • attend engineering exhibitions to learn about new technologies and understand the wide range of disciplines within engineering
  • employer-led talks, where existing employers share with you their own, personal, career journey


*Welding has been added as an additional extra for those students who excel through the course and have time to complete an additional unit.

  • Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technologies

plus GCSE or Functional Skills in English and maths dependent upon existing qualifications

Additional Information
  • No course fees
  • Financial assistance with travel and more
  • Class size limited to a maximum of 16 students
  • A major part of the course is practical with hands-on learning
  • Dedicated engineering training centre close to Havant town centre and transport links
  • Training staff are highly experienced and recruited directly from industry
  • Close links with employers for when you are ready to move into a career
  • Great prospects whether you move onto further study or an Apprenticeship
Next Steps

Following the successful completion of your Access to Engineering course, you will be in an excellent position to start an Apprenticeship and we can help you with this.  Alternatively, you may wish to study further and progress onto a Level 3 course.


If you'd like to find out more, give us a call on 023 9253 8724 or fill in the contact form below

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