Apprentices are employed from the outset and follow the SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) Modern Apprenticeship framework starting with a Level 2 at Tullos Training Centre followed by a Level 3 within a company. This vocational programme is combined with a third component, Further Education, which together adds up to two vocational awards (SVQ Level 2 and 3), an educational qualification and on successful completion the SEMTA Modern Apprenticeship (MA) Certificate.
A typical apprenticeship comprises: I. SVQ Level 2 (minimum 26 weeks at Tullos Training Centre). 2. SVQ Level 3 (in the workplace with monitoring and assessments by a Tullos Training Officer). 3. An educational qualification eg. National Certificate (NC) in Engineering Practice.
Tullos Training also runs similar Modern Apprenticeship schemes for the electrical contracting industry, heating and ventilating, refrigeration and air conditioning and the plumbing sectors. The Centre is also an approved training provider for the ECITB (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board).
Tullos Training helps bring applicants and employers together as part of an ongoing recruitment process. For the applicant this involves a short test at the Centre on general knowledge, mechanical comprehension and, most importantly, for those entering the electrical and electronics industries a colour vision check. Entry qualifications vary from company to company but in most cases Standard Grades at level 3 or above in Maths, Science, English and Craft related subjects are sought by employers.
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