Gateway into Engineering

Gateway into Engineering

engineering student with protective mask on, working on metal


Starting September 2018, the Engineering Apprenticeship Academy is supported by local employer Harwin. This global company is sponsoring up to 20 students with regular work experience, support in developing skills and access to industry standard equipment. 

At the end of the first academic year select students will be offered employment by Harwin. The rest of the students will move on to the second year of their full-time course with an additional opportunity to apply for employment upon completion of the course.  

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Five GCSE grades 4 to 5 (including Maths and English)

The first year of this gateway to engineering course teaches you engineering techniques and related systems. You will also develop employment, leadership and behaviour skills. 

Upon completion of the first year of this course six students will be given the opportunity to progress on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship with Harwin. The remaining students will progress to a Level 3 full time course. 

In the third year six students will be given the opportunity to join the Harwin apprenticeship programme. Remaining students will be supported in finding employment, or progressing on to the HNC/HND engineering programme. 

This course has been designed in collaboration with Harwin, with all modules linking to the engineering sector. 

Teaching and learning will take place at the South Downs Campus, in a classroom fitted out by Harwin. This will give students access to all the equipment needed to develop an understanding of the Business. 

Lectures will be delivered by highly qualified and skilled staff, with all students undertaking frequent work experience at Harwin. 

Higher level courses or apprenticeships Level 4, 5 and 6.

This course has been developed in partnership with Harwin.

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