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					Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern                  Framework Issue
Apprenticeship in Industrial                      Number 3.0
Applications for England and Wales




Framework Code:                                    2       8      3


Date submitted to the Quality Monitoring Group:   17 June 2009


Date approved by the Quality Monitoring Group:

Date funding agreed:                              (to be inserted by the SSC/SSB
                                                  once agreed)




Implementation date:

England
                                                  01 October 2009

Wales
                                                  01 October 2009
                             Contents
                                                                 Page

          Summary of Changes                                         2

1.        CONTACT DETAILS OF THE SECTOR SKILLS                       3
          COUNCIL
1.1       Responsibility for the Framework                           3

2.        SUMMARY OF MANDATORY OUTCOMES                              4

2.1       Summary of Mandatory Outcomes for the                      4
          Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in
          Industrial Applications

3.        OVERVIEW OF THE FRAMEWORK                               5-8

3.1       Rationale for the Framework                             5-8

4.        CONTENT OF THE FRAMEWORK                              8 – 16

4.1       Competence Based Element                               8 - 12
4.2       Knowledge Based Element                               12 - 13
4.3       Key Skills                                            13 - 15
4.4       Additional Employer Requirements                           15
4.5       Employment Rights and Responsibilities                     15
4.6       Timescales                                                 16

5.        IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FRAMEWORK                       16 - 20

5.1       Employed Status                                            16
5.2       Entry Requirements                                    16 - 17
5.3       Minimum Duration of Training                               17
5.4       Health and Safety                                     17 - 18
5.5       Equality and Inclusion                                18 - 19
5.6       Transfer Arrangements from the Previous Framework          19
5.7       Monitoring Arrangements for the Framework             19 - 20

6.        ACHIEVEMENT AND PROGRESSION                           20 - 21

6.1       Certification                                         20 - 21
6.2       Progression                                                21

7.        FACTSHEET                                             22 - 24


Annex A   Mandatory Qualifications contained in the Framework
Annex B   Progression Route                                     25 - 26


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Summary of changes from issue 2d to issue 3.0
Issue 3.0 of the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Industrial
Applications incorporates a new QCF underpinning knowledge qualification
(technical certificate) entitled the “Award in Industrial Environment Awareness”.

The Award in Industrial Environment Awareness underpins the knowledge and
understanding requirements of the mandatory units from the Performing Industrial
Operations, Performing Manufacturing Operations and Marine Engineering NVQs.


Below are tables of the proposed qualification changes:


 New Technical Certificate for version 3.0

 Qualification Title                              Qual Ref No    Awarding Body

 Award in Industrial Environment Awareness        500/6147/1     EAL
 QCF Level 2




Employers are becoming increasingly aware of the penalties associated with
ineffective and inefficient manufacturing techniques and the need to train their
workforce to ensure that the manufacturing process is as efficient as possible and
waste is kept to a minimum.

The Award in Industrial Environment Awareness can help lead successful
Apprentices to further study such as an advanced apprenticeship or qualifications
in Business-Improvement Techniques and can further help businesses to improve
productivity, reduce waste and maximise profit and revenue.




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1.    Contact Details of the Sector Skills Council

        Title, level and coverage of              Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern
        apprenticeship                            Apprenticeship in Industrial
                                                  Applications at level 2 for England
                                                  and Wales

        Name of Sector Skills Council/Sector      Semta
        Body

        Contact name                              Ian M Carnell
                                                  Head of Learning Strategies

        Address                                   Semta
                                                  Semta House
                                                  14 Upton Road
                                                  Watford
                                                  Herts
                                                  WD18 0JT

        Telephone number                          01923 652632

        Fax number                                01923 652391

        Email address                             icarnell@semta.org.uk

        Date sent to Quality Monitoring           17 June 2009
        Group

        Date of Implementation of issue 3.0       01 October 2009




1.1   Responsibility for the Framework

      Responsibility for the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in
      Industrial Applications rests with Semta the Sector Skills Council for Science,
      Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies.




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2.    Summary of Mandatory Outcomes
2.1   Summary of the Mandatory Outcomes for the Apprenticeship/Foundation
      Modern Apprenticeship in Industrial Applications

      Framework Code             Framework Issue Number

       2      8      3              3.0



       Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship                        Level

       N/SVQs in (please note that any one of the individual qualifications
       listed below will meet the mandatory requirements)

       Performing Engineering Operations                                       2
       Performing Manufacturing Operations                                     2
       Marine Engineering (pathway MEG: Composites)                            2

       Technical Certificate

       Award in Industrial Environment Awareness                               2

       Key Skills / Functional Skills

       Application of Number                                                   1
       Communications                                                          1
                                          Or
                                                                               1
       Functional Skills: Maths                                                1
       Functional Skills: English

       Additional Employer Requirements

       None

       Employment rights and responsibilities

       For this framework, our industry steering group has
       recommended that ERR is included in the induction and
       subsequent phases of their industrial period, and to this end
       Semta have produced ERR workbooks for the apprentice and
       their trainer. ERR must be completed by the end of the
       apprenticeship. On completion, the trainer or training provider
       should fill in the „Confirmation of Completion‟ form contained
       within the ERR workbook. This form must be included with the
       request for the A/FMA Certificate.




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3       Overview of the Framework
3.1     Rationale for the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in
        Industrial Applications for England and Wales.

3.1.1    Why does the engineering manufacturing sector need to review this
        framework?

        The Industrial Applications level 2 Framework has been operating
        successfully in England and Wales for a number of years. At the time of its
        development Semta carried out significant consultation with the engineering
        manufacturing sector to determine what the best possible preparation to
        achieving trained operator/semi-skilled status was. The ongoing
        development of appropriate National Occupational Standards (NOS) with
        manufacturing companies such as Ford, Sony, National Panasonic, Airbus,
        Sunseeker, BMIF and relevant SMEs has kept the three NVQs highly
        relevant to the changing demands of the manufacturing environment.

        At the time, manufacturing companies had the option of whether or not to
        include a technical certificate as part of the framework but the consensus
        was that this would disenfranchise some SMEs as the standard delivery
        method was to take the candidates “off-the-job”, thus reducing
        manufacturing efficiency.

        In 2006 following changes in Government policy (Blueprint version 1),
        relevant underpinning knowledge became a compulsory element of the
        Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship specification. Semta
        introduced a new version of the Framework with a traditional off-the-job
        delivered technical certificate. While this proved acceptable to most large
        companies, it became apparent that SMEs were struggling to cope with
        these requirements. This particular issue was withdrawn by Semta and the
        previous issue of the Framework was reintroduced on a temporary basis.

        It was clear that a more flexible method of delivering the underpinning
        knowledge requirements of the NVQs was required in order to meet
        employers‟ needs and restore the framework to Blueprint compliance.

3.1.2   The Apprenticeship and Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Industrial
        Applications provides the best possible preparation for achieving trained
        operator/semi-skilled status within engineering manufacture. It may also,
        where appropriate, provide positive progression to and Advanced/Modern
        Apprenticeship or higher level work.

        The Industrial Applications Framework covers all aspects of manufacturing
        (engineering) and is aimed at assembly operatives within each of the sub-
        sectors. It is complimented by Engineering Framework 106 that addresses
        engineering processes rather than routine manufacture.




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3.1.3 The engineering manufacture sector has 65,000 sites in England and Wales
      employing 1.19 million people covering SOC group 8, Process, Plant and
      Machine Operatives. This major group covers occupations whose main tasks
      require knowledge and experience necessary to operate and monitor industrial
      plant and equipment, to assemble products from components according to
      strict rules and procedures and to subject assembled parts to routine tests.

3.1.4 The Industrial Applications Framework has reached maturity in the market
      having been operating for more than ten years. As such, issues relating to its
      positioning with other SSCs/SSBs have been resolved some considerable time
      ago. Cogent does use the Performing Manufacturing Operations NVQ in some
      related aspects of oil and gas manufacture and the revised technical certificate
      is suitable for most manufacturing applications.

3.1.5 A brief summary of how employers, providers and other stakeholders were
      consulted during the development of the Framework.

      Consultation arrangements:
      As previously described, Semta felt it important to undertake a formal
      consultation as part of the Framework review. The research was conducted
      between May and August 2006 and utilised a mix of primary and secondary
      data using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

      Questionnaires were sent to 377 companies that broadly reflected a range of
      engineering manufacture employers within England and Wales. In total, 160
      employers completed a telephone questionnaire, and 81% of employers were
      found to be very or fairly satisfied with the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern
      Apprenticeship in Industrial Applications. Where there was some
      dissatisfaction, it focused on the formal aspects of delivering a technical
      certificate which had not previously been part of the framework.

      Following negative feedback regarding these issues, Semta have redesigned
      the technical certificate with the help of relevant Awarding Bodies to provide
      greater flexibility of delivery and overall relevance. The Framework
      development process was controlled through the ISO9000 process via the
      National Training Framework Committee.

      In summary, the process ensures adequate consultation of employers,
      stakeholders and training providers and addressed the following issues:

      In summary we:

      -      wanted to ensure that our frameworks incorporated the latest
             developments in National Occupational Standards, reflected in a new
             generation of engineering NVQs and technical certificates.
      -      wanted to incorporate the recommendations generated from our
             National Training Framework Committee concerning framework design
             and operation
      -      were conscious of the need to ensure that adequate funding was
             available to cover the direct costs of training

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         -      wanted to respond to the downturn in manufacturing (engineering)
                apprenticeship starts that has occurred recently
         -      ensure out framework meets the specification of the UKCES Blueprint
         -      ensure our frameworks remain fit for purpose, and are capable of
                meeting both the current and future training needs of both employers
                and young people


3.1.6 Occupations and Job Roles

         Below is an example list of occupations that the framework is suitable for:

         -      metal making and treating process operatives
         -      electroplaters
         -      metal working and machine operatives
         -      plant and machine operatives
         -      assembly (electrical/electronic products)
         -      assembly (vehicles and metal goods)
         -      assembly (marine craft)
         -      assembly of aerospace major and sub-assemblies
         -      routine inspection and testing

        Typical Job Roles

         -     handling of raw materials and finished products
         -     quality checking of components and finished products to reject
               defective items
         -     undertaking inventory checks and procedures
         -     maintain the cleanliness of machinery and the general working area
         -     position components and materials for jobs
         -     operate automatic and semi-automatic machinery and tools
         -     ensuring effective hand over of production/assembly operations
         -     production of parts using computer controlled equipment
         -     perform off-line duties such as sub-assembly and testing under
               instruction from leading hands or supervisors

3.1.7   Career Pathways.

        The Industrial Applications Framework forms one integrated pathway (light
        green in the Engineering Careers maps, annex B.

        It provides progression opportunities for apprentices to enter the Advanced
        Apprenticeship in Engineering or Further Education.

3.1.8 Anticipated Take-up

        Currently the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Industrial
        Applications attracts 1,600 starts per annum in England and Wales (2008) and
        is the primary Framework for recruiting and training semi-skilled labour into the
        manufacturing (engineering) sector.

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3.19 The Target Group

      Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeships provide work-based
      training and development for young people aged between 16 and 24.

      This Framework can also be used by adults aged 25+, as a model for their own
      work based training programme. In these instances these programmes may be
      eligible for funding by the Local LSC regional office. In Wales individuals over
      25 are eligible for funding by the DCELLS regional office subject to application.

      Partners in the Programme

      Employers play an active role by providing apprentices with opportunities to
      learn in the workplace and many are supported by local providers who provide
      training and assessment services. The Small Business Service supports small
      employers. The local LSC/DCELLS provides funding towards the apprentice‟s
      training programme, which is backed up by an Individual Apprenticeship Plan
      and each party signs a Training Agreement

      Funding and contracting for national and multi-site employers is managed
      through the LSC‟s National Employer Service or DCELLS National Training
      Partnership. All references in this text to local LSC/DCELLS regional offices
      apply to the National Employer Service (NES).

      Employed status of the Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern
      Apprenticeship in Industrial Applications

      Apprentices should ideally be employed from the start of the apprenticeship, but
      this is not a statutory requirement. In all cases, the apprentice must be linked
      with an employer from the outset, even if they are not actually employed.

      Our Sector view is that employed status should be the norm in the
      Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Industrial Applications.



4     Content of Framework
4.1   Competence Based Element for the Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern
      Apprenticeship in Industrial Applications

      The competence based element of Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern
      Apprenticeship in Industrial Applications is made up of the following
      components (NVQs) a choice of three is given - only one is required to satisfy
      the requirements:

      -       Performing Manufacturing Operations          Level 2
      -       Performing Engineering Operations            Level 2
      -       Marine Engineering (pathway MEG: Composites) Level 2


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All three NVQs are based on nationally identified occupational standards.

These standards:

-       identify the main roles and responsibilities within an occupational area
-       take the form of units based on the occupational roles and
        responsibilities identified
-       show the outcomes of competent performance, including the essential
        knowledge and understanding required
-       show the standard of occupational competence to be reached for the
        stated outcome

Therefore any combination of units that will satisfy the requirements for the
award of the NVQ will be acceptable for the A/FMA. The choice is between the
employer/agent and apprentice.
Further details of these qualifications can be found in Annex A.




Performing Engineering Operations NVQ Level 2
All candidates following this qualification must complete the mandatory
assesment route.

Candidates following the Engineering Practices pathway must complete the
three tory assessment routes, plus three more of the optional assessment
routes.

Mandatory Assessment Routes

Engineering Practices Pathway - PEA All three units must be completed:

-       PEO2/001 - Working safely in an engineering environment
-       PEO2/002 - Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
-       PEO2/003 - Using and communicating technical information


Optional Assessment Routes

Three assessment routes from the 57 units listed

Please note: It is impractical to list all the optional assessment routes here,
please refer to the relevant Performing Engineering Operations qualification
guidance. A list of acceptable Performing Engineering Operations qualifications
can be found as funded out come within this framework (See Annex A).




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Performing Manufacturing Operations NVQ Level 2
All apprentices must complete the mandatory assessment route, plus one
assessment route from group A, plus three assessment routes from the
Supporting the Operations Group, plus one assessment route from the job
specific route

Mandatory Assessment Route

-       Complying with Statutory Regulations and Organisational Safety
        Requirements
-       QCA code J/102/4987
-       Plus one assessment route from group A:

Group A

-       Promoting Effective Working Relationships
-       QCA code L/102/4988
-       Contributing to Effective Team Working
-       QCA code R/1024989
-       Plus three assessment routes from the Supporting the Operations
        Group

Supporting the Operation Group

-      Transferring materials - Unit code J/102/4990
-      Preparing for Manufacturing Operations - Unit code L/102/4991
-      *Concluding Manufacturing Operations - Unit code R/102/4992
-      *Ensuring Effective Handover of Manufacturing Operations - Unit code
       Y/102/4993
-      Receiving and Checking Incoming Materials - Unit code/ D/102/4994
-      Controlling Manufacturing Operations - Unit code H/102/4995
-      Contributing to Improving Effectiveness in the Workplace - Unit code
       K/102/4996
-      Analysing the Results of Inspection and Confirming Quality Production
       - Unit code M/102/4997
-      Recording and Reporting Inspection Test Results - Unit code T/1024998

*Please note: Candidates may choose either R/102/4992 or Y/102/4993, it is not
permissible to choose both of these together

Plus one assessment route from the Job Specific Group:

Job Specific Group

-       Transferring Materials - Unit code J102/4987
-       Producing Shaped products - Unit code A102/4999
-       Producing Products by Assembly Operations - Unit code D/102/5000
-       Producing Joined Products - Unit code H/102/5001

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-       Producing Products by Processing - Unit code K/102/5002
 -      Producing Formed Products - Unit code M/102/5003
 -      Finishing Products - Unit code T/102/5004
 -      Producing Moulded Products - Unit code A/102/5005
 -      Producing Packaged Products - Unit code F/102/5006
 -      Making Products Using Computer Controlled Equipment - Unit code
        J/102/5007
 -      Manufacturing Products Using Combined Operations - Unit code
        L/102/5008
 -      Analysing the Results of Inspection and Testing activities - Unit code
        M/102/4997
 -      Carrying out Inspection and Testing Activities - Unit code R/102/5009

Please note: if J/102/4990 and or M/102/5008 have already been chosen as a
“Supporting the Operations” assessment route, it may NOT be chosen again.



Marine Engineering - Pathway MEG NVQ Level 2

Composite Construction and associated technology is playing an increasingly
important role in the construction of ocean going yachts and luxury cruisers.
While there is a specific British Marine Federation (BMF) framework for the
construction of yachts it does not encompass the specific composite hull
manufacturing techniques required for large volume production required by
companies such as sunseekers and fairline. Having this pathway in the industrial
applications apprenticeship/ foundation modern apprenticeship will complete
provision for this important export sector. This pathway will also benefit much
smaller companies carrying out work and feeding units and mouldings into the
manufacturing chain for the larger companies.

The inclusion of this NVQ is dependent that the apprentices will only be awarded
an Industrial Applications Apprenticeship certificate if they have completed the
mandatory units and pathway MEG (composites).

The candidate is required to complete all three of the mandatory assessment
routes.

Mandatory Assessment Route

-       MEN2/001 – Complying with statutory regulations and organisational
        safety requirements
-       MEN2/002 – Using and interpreting engineering data and
        documentation
-       MEN2/003 – Working efficiently and effectively in engineering

Plus two or more of the assessment routes from the choice given below.

Pathway MEG: Composites

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      -           MEN2/055 – using wet lay up techniques to produce marine composite
                  components
      -           MEN2/056 – Using pre-preg laminating techniques to produce marine
                  composite components
      -           MEN2/057 – Forming marine components by acrylic moulding
      -           MEN2/058 – Assembling composite components
      -           MEN2/059 – Vacuum forming marine composite materials
      -           MEN2/060 – Carrying out trimming operations on marine composite
                  mouldings
      -           MEN2/061 - Fitting marine composite components to vessel, craft or
                  structure
      -           MEN2/062 – Carrying out bonding operations on marine composite
                  components
      -           MEN2/063 – Carrying out repairs to marine components
      -           MEN2/064 – Checking marine composite components/mouldings for
                  defects

4.2       Knowledge Based Element

          Technical Certificates focus on the knowledge and understanding which
          underpins the NVQ competencies and additional knowledge to facilitate
          progression to higher education or higher levels of working. Technical
          Certificates may also cover wider aspects of the occupation/sector as
          determined by Semta and agreed with the Awarding Bodies. They are a
          structured approach to teaching and assessment, including external
          assessment, and are usually delivered through a taught programme of „off-the-
          job‟ learning.

          The Award in Industrial Environment Awareness was developed to fill a gap in
          the market for a qualification supporting the delivery of the underpinning
          knowledge requirements of the mandatory units from NVQs in Performing
          Engineering Operations, Performing Manufacturing Operations and Marine
          Engineering at level 2. This VRQ has been developed for apprentices
          undertaking the Industrial Applications framework to support development in the
          key areas identified within the unit titles.


          Methodology for the delivery and independent assessment of the
          Knowledge Based Element

          This qualification is delivered by a Self Study Guide and other relevant support
          materials. The self study guide is called this because it allows the learner to set
          the pace at which they progress through the material. Each section has a
          „Knowledge Check‟ so the learner can test themselves on the materials they
          have just covered. This is supported by learning activities delivered by Teaching
          / Training staff with at least two years experience in teaching and knowledge of
          the occupation covered by the VRQ.




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      Assessment is via a 20 question multi choice question examination which the
      learner must pass to achieve the qualification, the examination is delivered on
      line at accredited centres and must be taken under controlled conditions as
      specified by the Awarding Body.

      The Award in Industrial Environment Awareness QCF Level 2 is a requirement
      for successful completion of the Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern
      Apprenticeship in Industrial Applications.

      There may be instances where a candidate will be exempt from achievement of
      a technical certificate as part of their apprenticeship programme, for example, if
      they have already achieved a vocational education award that is of a higher
      level higher than the technical certificate required by the framework. To avoid
      any difficulties at the point of claiming the certificate, providers must gain
      written agreement to any exemptions during the initial development phase of
      the apprentice's programme.


4.3   Key Skills/Functional Skills

      In preparation of the introduction of Functional skills in 2010 Semta is offering a
      choice of either Key Skills or Functional Skills. Those training providers involved
      in the QCA Functional Skills pilot may take advantage of the opportunity to
      deliver functional rather than Key Skills with in this framework. Please see
      Functional Skills below.

      Key Skills

      The Key Skills levels identified below state the minimum levels required within
      this apprenticeship. Candidates should be encouraged and given the
      opportunity to achieve higher level Key Skills if appropriate to their needs and
      abilities.

      For the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Industrial
      Applications the following Key Skills at the appropriate levels must be
      achieved:

      -      Application of Number              Level 1
      -      Communication                      Level 1

      Key Skills are essential skills that candidates need in order to function
      effectively as members of a flexible, adaptable and competitive workforce.
      However, those candidates who have previously achieved good grade
      qualifications in literacy and numeracy need not be asked to attempt Key Skills
      in accordance with the regulatory bodies‟ guidelines. Please see the following
      statements below.


      In England Key Skills requirements can be attained in three ways:



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1.     Through the Key Skills qualification, which is strongly recommended
2.     Through a proxy qualification
3.     Through a relaxation


Proxies

Proxy qualifications are those qualifications that have been agreed to assess
the same knowledge and skills aspects as the Key Skills. Because of this
overlap, candidates can claim exemption from all or part of particular Key Skills
qualifications for up to three years from the date of the award to the learners
registration onto the apprenticeship prior to 1 August 2004, and there after for
five years from the date of the award to registration on apprenticeship. This is
only applicable for the specific accredited proxy qualifications. For full details of
accredited proxy qualifications, please visit the QCA website: www.qca.org.uk

Relaxations

The relaxation ruling was introduced in September 2001 and allows candidates
who started on an apprenticeship programme on or after 1 September 2001,
and who have achieved a good grade A*-C GCSE in English, Mathematics
and/or ICT, to complete their frameworks without being required to take the
level 2 (level 1 by default) Communication, Application of Number and /or IT
Key Skills qualifications.

This also applies to those candidates who have achieved a GCE A/AS level at
grade A-E in English Language, English Literature, English Language and
Literature, Mathematics, Pure, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, ICT and/or
Applied ICT.

For those apprentices registering on issue 1 onwards achievement of the GCSE
A/AS level must be no longer than five years* before the date of registration
onto the apprenticeship programme.

* NB The Government extended the rule to five years for those apprentices registered on
     or after 1 August 2004. This is not a retrospective change therefore apprentices who
     transfer to this version of the framework cannot take advantage of the extended
     length of time unless the framework they were previously registered against was
     issued on or after 1 August 2004.

For further details on queries relating to both the proxy qualifications and the
relaxation rule, please refer to the Key Skills Policy and Practice: Your
Questions Answered document available from QCA and the LSC National
Office.

Please note that the Key Skills external test is no longer compulsory in
Wales.

Functional Skills



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      Functional Skills in English and mathematics help people to gain the most
      out of life, learning and work.

      The skills are learning tools that enable people:
      -   To apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life
      -   To engage competently and confidently with others
      -   To solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
      -   To develop personally and professionally as positive citizens who can
          actively
      -   Contribute to society.

      Full information on the Functional Skills Standards can be downloaded from the
      Qualifications and Curriculum Authorities website.




      The Functional Skills levels identified below state the minimum levels required
      within this apprenticeship. Candidates should be encouraged and given the
      opportunity to achieve higher level Functional Skills if appropriate to their needs
      and abilities. This Framework currently only requires two Functional Skills,
      these being mathematics and English.

      For the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering
      the following Functional Skills at the appropriate levels must be achieved:

      -       Functional Skill: Mathematics            Level 1
      -       Functional Skill: English                Level 1

      Proxies and Relaxations

      Please note: there are no proxies or relaxations for the Functional Skills

      Functional Skills are only for use in England.

4.4   Additional Employer Requirements

      There are no Additional Employer Requirements within this framework.

4.5   Employment Rights and Responsibilities

      Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) include material covering:

      -       The responsibilities and rights of workers (including Equal Opportunities
              in Wales and Welsh Language legislation)
      -       The organisation, disciplines and representative structures of the
              industries concerned
      -       The impact on the sector of public law and policies




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      For both the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Industrial
      Applications our National Framework Committee has recommended that ERR is
      included in the induction and subsequent phases of the industrial period, and to
      this end, Semta have produced ERR workbooks both for the apprentice and for
      their trainer.

      ERR must be completed by the end of the Apprenticeship programme. On
      completion, the trainer or training provider must fill in the „Confirmation of
      Completion‟ form contained within the ERR workbook. This has to be signed by
      the trainer and by a Director or senior manager of the employing organisation.

      In order to obtain the final framework completion certificate, the ERR
      confirmation of completion form must be submitted with the Certificate Request
      Form, alongside all other corresponding evidence required.



5     Implementation of Framework
5.1   Employed Status

      Apprentices should ideally be employed from the start of the apprenticeship, but
      this is not a statutory requirement. In all cases the apprentice must be linked
      with an employer or sponsored by an employer from the outset, even if they are
      not actually employed.

      Prior to completion of the frameworks apprentices must spend a minimum of
      three months in placement with an employer.

      Our Sector view is that employed status should be the norm in the
      Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Industrial Applications.

5.2   Entry Requirements

      This framework does not impose any restrictions to entry such as minimum
      levels of qualification. However for entry on to the programme, candidates must
      be able to demonstrate the potential to achieve NVQ level 2, and have sufficient
      knowledge and ability to undertake training to achieve Key Skills/Functional
      skills at level 1.

      Typically, a 16 year old school leaver with 3 to 5 GCSE grades D - G including
      English, Maths and a Science can readily be identified as a potential
      Apprentice/Foundation Modern Apprentice. School leavers having already
      achieved a Young Apprenticeship also have an excellent basis from which to
      progress on to an Apprenticeship/foundation Modern Apprenticeship.


      The prime responsibility for selection and recruitment of the apprentice lies
      with individual employers who will have a clear idea of their own
      requirements; however the training provider should provide professional

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      advice and guidance to assist this process. The frameworks embrace a wide
      range of levels and types of job and different career paths and therefore the
      broad principles of selection must be sufficiently flexible to allow employers to
      tailor them to meet their particular requirements.
      As a general guide candidates should have the following skills and attributes:

      -       Self motivation to succeed within the engineering industry
      -       A reasonable level of numeracy and literacy
      -       Self discipline and enthusiasm
      -       Willingness to learn and apply that learning in the workplace
      -       Willingness to work with due regard to Health and Safety of self and
              others
      -       Willingness to communicate effectively with a range of people
      -       Willingness to work flexibly, encompassing both on and off-the-job
              environments

      For existing employees in the 25+ years age bracket, the employer would
      already have sufficient information on the individual including reports from
      their immediate supervisor/manager to make an objective judgement as to
      the candidates suitability for either of the programmes.

5.3   Minimum Duration of Training

      The average length of stay for a 16-24 year old apprentice on the
      Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Industrial Applications is
      14 months. In practice, this is considered indicative only, as the apprentices
      progress will depend on the achievement of the required competences.

      For those apprentices 25 years and above, the expectation is that their existing
      skills, knowledge and competence could significantly reduce the average times
      stated above

5.4   Health and Safety

      Health and Safety is a formal part of the induction training process and every
      apprentice should understand their responsibilities to protect themselves and
      other people. All partners involved in the implementation of apprenticeships
      must adhere to their statutory responsibilities for health and safety as follows:

      -       A safe working environment for apprentices must be provided whilst
              they are at work or in training
      -       Appropriate training on health and safety in the workplace must be
              given to each apprentice
      -       1992 Six pack regulations
      -       Awareness of, and compliance with, legislation relating to the Health &
              Safety at Work Act 1974, the Working Time Regulations 1998 and any
              other relevant legislation must be demonstrated
      -       Certain engineering processes require additional Health and Safety
              training and the use of protective equipment. Apprentices should not be


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              exposed to these processes without appropriate Health and Safety
              training and close supervision.
      -       The apprentice must be aware of and comply with their statutory
              responsibility for health and safety at work. This relates to their own
              safety and to the safety of others in the work place. They must also be
              aware of, and comply with, any additional health and safety procedures
              laid down by their employer/provider
      -       Local LSC/DCELLS regional Offices are responsible for monitoring the
              compliance of providers to their statutory health and safety obligations
              and will carry this out through their Quality Assurance procedures
      -       Providers will monitor the compliance of employers with Health and
              Safety statutory requirements.

5.5   Equality and Inclusion

      Whilst equal opportunities has been identified here under a separate heading,
      the principles relate to all those systems and procedures which have the
      potential to discriminate against apprentices at any point during the programme
      – from recruitment and selection and induction, through to successful
      completion.

      There should be open recruitment of Apprentices/Foundation Modern
      Apprentices to the programme, which is available to all young people,
      regardless of gender, ethnic origin, religion/belief, sexual orientation or disability
      that meet the stated selection criteria.

      All partners involved in the delivery of the apprenticeship - local LSC/DCELLS
      regional offices, providers, assessment centres and employers must be
      committed to a policy of equal opportunities and must have a stated equal
      opportunities policy and procedure. Employers/providers must be able to
      demonstrate that there are no overt or covert discriminatory practices in
      selection and employment. All promotional, selection and training activities
      must comply with relevant legislation, such as:

      -       EU Equal Treatment Framework Directive (2000/78)
      -       Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
      -       The Sex Discrimination Act, 1975 (and 1986) and Code of Practice
      -       The Race Relations Act, 1976 and Code of Practice
      -       The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 and Code of Practice
      -       Special Educational Needs & Disability Act; 2001 and Code of Practice
      -       Equal Pay Act 1970 and Code of Practice

      The apprentice‟s knowledge about equal opportunities policies and procedures
      can be used as evidence for the Employment Responsibilities and Rights
      component of this framework.

      Equal Opportunities Monitoring Procedures

      Providers will monitor equality of opportunity practice and procedures within
      their own organisation and take positive action when necessary. It is also

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      recommended that employers/providers conduct an exit interview if the
      apprentice leaves the programme before completion.



      LSC/DCELLS regional offices have overall responsibility to monitor practice to
      ensure that providers meet the criteria specified in their quality management
      systems. This includes monitoring the representation of apprentices in terms of
      gender, ethnicity and disability to ensure that it reflects, as far as possible, the
      levels of representation within the local community.

      SEMTA will retain overall responsibility for the development of the
      Apprenticeship Foundation Modern Apprenticeship and for monitoring equality
      of opportunity, primarily by the analysis of the LSC/DCELLS statistical returns.
      Where questions arise concerning policy and practice, SEMTA will work closely
      with local LSC/DCELLS regional offices concerned to identify causes and to
      implement positive action where appropriate. The LSC/DCELLS has a statutory
      duty (Learning and Skills Act 2000, section 14) to have due regard to the need
      to promote equality of opportunity between people from different racial groups,
      men and woman, people with a disability and people without.

5.6   Transfer Arrangements from Previous Framework

      Where the mandatory outcomes of a framework are changed as a result of a
      review, Semta will specify the dates the new framework will start and the cut off
      date for registration under the old framework. The decision to retain existing
      apprentices under the old framework, or transfer them onto the revised
      framework will be made in the best interests of the apprentice who, along with
      the other partners, will sign a new/revised Individual Apprenticeship Plan.

      This framework should become operational on 01 October 2009.

      Registration onto the Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship
      framework Issue 2 version d will cease from 30 September 2009

5.7   Monitoring Arrangements for the Framework

      Semta will monitor the framework as follows:

      -       Regular analysis of the statistical data provided by the LSC/NAS and
              DCELLS
      -       Feedback from the membership on the National Training Framework
              Committee
      -       Feedback collected via regular dialogue with employers attending the
              eight Engineering Sector Strategy Groups (SSGs) advising Semta on
              its Sector Skills Agreement Feedback from training providers (Group
              Training Associations, employer providers and colleges)
      -       Inspection reports by new Ofsted and Estyn and regular meetings with
              the engineering lead inspectors
      -       Data gained from framework evaluation exercises

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      -       Data gained from National Trainee Feedback System



      Semta also has an annual plan for the review of National Occupational
      Standards which will inform both the competence and knowledge based
      components of the framework. This work is ongoing, and provides the driving
      force to regularly review our frameworks to ensure they contain the latest
      developments on NOS.

6     Achievement and Progression
6.1   Certification

      The Key Operating Principles outline the national requirements for the award of
      Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship Completion Certificates.

      The successful apprentice will receive an Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern
      Apprenticeship Completion Certificate from Semta. This is separate from, and
      in addition to, those certificates awarded for the achievement of the individual
      components of the framework, e.g., NVQ and key skills.

      Providers are responsible for claiming the National Completion Certificate from
      Semta and for providing evidence of completion of the mandatory outcomes.
      They are also responsible for ensuring that the apprentice receives the
      Completion Certificate when awarded by Semta.

      Semta‟s requirements for claiming the certificate are:

      -       A certification request form can be obtained from Semta either by
              contacting the Apprenticeships Processing department or from the
              Semta website
              http://www.semta.org.uk/training_providers__awarding/apprenticeship_f
              rameworks/apprenticeship_request_forms.aspx
      -       The certification request form is then completed and returned to the
              Apprenticeship Processing Department for each individual apprentice,
              together with supporting evidence verifying that all mandatory outcomes
              have been met.
      -       Apprenticeship Processing Department
              14 Upton Road
              Watford
              Hertfordshire
              WD18 0JT
              01923 652340
      -       With each batch of certification requests submitted to Semta, an official
              purchase order and letter from the claiming organisation must be
              attached.




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      If the above procedures are adhered to, certificates should be received within
      10 working days from receipt of the application form

      Responsibility for certification is due to be taken over by the National
      Apprenticeship Service, an update will be released at the time to inform of the
      new procedures.


6.2   Progression

      The Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Industrial
      Applications provides the best possible preparation to achieving trained
      operator/semi-skilled status within the Manufacturing Engineering Industry. It
      may also, where appropriate, provide positive progression to advanced
      apprenticeship or higher level work.

      On completion of the framework the apprentice will be deemed suitable for
      one of the occupations listed in section 3.1.6.




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7   Fact Sheet

       Apprenticeship / Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Industrial
       Applications


       What’s involved?

       An apprentice can expect to be doing work based learning with an employer and to be
       paid, either a wage if they are employed, or an allowance. The apprenticeship will
       include a National Vocational Qualification, Key Skills and a „knowledge based
       element or technical certificate as listed below.


       Competence Based          Knowledge Based Element           Key Skills
       Element

       Performing                Award in Industrial               Application of Number
       Engineering               Environment Awareness             level 1
       Operations NVQ            QCF Level 2                       Communications level 1
       level 2

       Or

       Performing
       Manufacturing
       Operations NVQ
       level 2

       Or


       Marine
       Engineering NVQ
       level 2 (pathway
       MEG: Composites)


    The decision on which competence based and knowledge elements will be studied will be made
    by the employer and/or training provider in discussion with the apprentice.


       Entry requirements:

       This framework does not impose any restrictions on entry such as minimum
       levels of qualification. However for entry onto the programme, candidates
       (16-24 and 25+) must be able to demonstrate the potential to achieve NVQ
       level 2 and have sufficient knowledge and ability to undertake training to
       achieve Key Skills at level 1 and are able to undertake a suitable technical
       certificate at level 2 .


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Furthermore, candidates should have:

-   Self motivation to succeed within the engineering industry
-   A reasonable level of numeracy and literacy
-   Self discipline and enthusiasm
-   Willingness to learn and apply that learning in the workplace
-   Willingness to work with due regard to Health & Safety of self and
    others
-   Willingness to communicate effectively with a range of people




Minimum Periods of Training:
The average length of stay for a 16-24 year old apprentice on the
Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in the Industrial
Applications Framework is 14 months. In practice, this is considered indicative
only, as the apprentice‟s progress will depend on the achievement of the
required competences



What type of job might an apprentice be doing?

-   metal making and treating process operatives
-   electroplaters
-   metal working and machine operatives
-   plant and machine operatives
-   assembly (electrical/electronic products)
-   assembly (vehicles and metal goods)
-   assembly (marine craft)
-   assembly of aerospace major and sub-assemblies
-   routine inspection and testing

Typical Job Roles

-   Handling of raw materials and finished products
-   Quality checking of components and finished products to reject
    defective items
-   Undertaking inventory checks and procedures
-   Maintain the cleanliness of machinery and the general working area
-   Position components and materials for jobs
-   Operate automatic and semi-automatic machinery and tools
-   Ensuring effective hand over of production/assembly operations
-   Production of parts using computer controlled equipment
-   Perform off-line duties such as sub-assembly and testing under
    instruction from leading hands or supervisors



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How long does the apprenticeship take to complete?

The average length of stay for a 16-24 year old apprentice on the
Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in the Industrial Applications
Framework is 14 months. In practice, this is considered indicative only, as the
apprentice‟s progress will depend on the achievement of the required
competences.

For those apprentices 25 years and above, the expectation is that their existing
skills, knowledge and competence could significantly reduce the average times
stated above




Career progression after completing this apprenticeship

Apprentices completing the Industrial Applications Framework may progress
straight into a job role as a semi-skilled / operator within the Manufacture
Engineering Industry. Completion of this framework also opens opportunities to
progress on to further training such as the Advanced Apprenticeship in
Engineering and other higher National Vocational Qualifications within the
Engineering Manufacturing sector.




Framework developed by:

Semta - the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering & Manufacturing
Technologies
14 Upton Road
Watford
WD18 0JT

Tel: 01923 238441
Fax: 01923 256086

www.semta.org.uk




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