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Level 3 Engineering Design and Draughtsperson Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeships are work-based courses which involve learning and gaining qualifications while working for an employer. An apprentice works at the employer’s premises, gaining practical experience and skills while working towards a qualification which is relevant to their job.

Engineering design and draughtspersons produce designs and drawings for structures, piping, electrical systems, control and instrumentation systems and mechanical components used in industrial and commercial construction. Typically, jobholders work in a wide range of industries of national importance including power and water infrastructure, petrochemical, oil and gas, nuclear, food and drink processing.

Jobholders are based at office locations within project design teams and occasionally work at onsite locations. They are required to understand onsite hazards and health and safety requirements.

The jobholder must: Understand technical drawings and specifications and be able to create their own; identify factors likely to affect design decisions; produce CAD (computer aided design) models and engineering drawings, be able to communicate design information to internal and external parties.

There are five main disciplines within the occupation of Engineering Design and Draughtsperson. An apprentice gains an understanding across all these disciplines and will typically specialise in one or more:

• Electrical Design and Draughtsperson
• Control and Instrumentation Design and Draughtsperson
• Mechanical Design and Draughtsperson
• Piping Design and Draughtsperson
• Structural Design and Draughtsperson

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 3

  • Duration

    This apprenticeship has a typical duration of 36 – 42 months.

Enquire about this Apprenticeship

There are 3 delivery models:

First year in Training Centre full-time (8am till 4pm)
Day-Release in second year (rest of time on-site)
Third year on-site full time
Assessed every 8 weeks whilst on-site

First year in Training Centre full-time (8am till 4pm)
Second and third years on-site full-time
Assessed every 8 weeks whilst on-site

First-year to complete workshop units via block-release or
in employer’s workshop
Two-years day release (8am till 4pm)
Assessed every 8 weeks whilst on-site

Assessment Methods

All apprentices must undertake an independent end-point assessment which is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been learnt throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. This will typically include a requirement for a minimum of 5 GCSE grades A* – C (or equivalent qualifications) including mathematics (preferably B); English (Language); a science or technical subject. Apprentices must have achieved a
GCSE to at least a grade C, a level 2 qualification in Functional Skills, or an equivalent qualification in both English and mathematics before being entered for their final apprenticeship assessment.

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


£24,000 – Apprenticeship Levy payers will pay the full cost from their levy: employers with 49 or less staff with an apprentice aged 16-18 years will pay no fees; all other employers will pay 5%. Prices are subject to discussion and agreement.


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.


Apply online Make an enquiry Call 01724 281 111

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

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