Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a key focus for employers who want to retain a competitive edge and drive future growth.

We are committed to encouraging employers to take on apprentices and offer unrivalled industry knowledge and support. Our qualifications support apprentices across a wide range of sectors, providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to build successful careers in industry.

Apprenticeship Standards

Apprenticeship standards are replacing SASE apprenticeship frameworks, as part of wider apprenticeship reform across England.

New apprenticeship standards, developed by groups of employers, are being launched and replacing the old frameworks, which are all expected to be switched off by 2020. These changes are accompanied by major apprenticeship funding reform, which included the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from April 2017.

  • EAL has been at the heart of new apprenticeship standards development, supporting employer development groups for key industry occupations since 2013, when the reforms began.

    With our long-standing tradition of being closer to industry and designing qualifications that reflect this close partnership, EAL is perfectly positioned to guide the employer development groups’ work. Our expertise, knowledge and support ensures the new standards meet the needs of all employers, from SMEs to multinationals, and provide learners with the best possible start to their careers.
  • The assessment plan outlines how an apprentice can expect to be assessed against the apprenticeship standard, including what they need to have achieved to apply for their apprenticeship completion certificate.

    It explains what will be assessed, how it will be assessed and who will conduct the assessment. A range of assessment methods can be used such as a viva, practical and/or knowledge assessments, observation of performance, presentations and completion of a work portfolio.

    The apprenticeship assessment must:
    • Have an independently assessed end–point assessment, carried out by an organisation on the government's Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations (EAL is on the register for a number of standards)
    • Be graded eg pass, merit and distinction
    • Deliver consistent, reliable and valid judgements
    • Set out internal and external quality assurance processes
  • All apprenticeships have training and assessment throughout the duration of the programme and all must now contain an end-point assessment (EPA).

    This forms the final stage of the apprenticeship and is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the apprentice may undertake during training. It is designed to assess whether an apprentice has met the requirements of the apprenticeship standard and is fully competent in their occupational role.

    The end-point assessment must be conducted by a registered assessment organisation that is independent from the apprentice's training provider and/or employer, to ensure everyone following the same apprenticeship standard is assessed consistently.

    Only organisations on the government's Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations are eligible to conduct the end-point assessment of apprentices. Employers can choose which organisation on the register to work with. EAL is on the register for a number of standards.

    The end-point assessment is described in each apprenticeship standard's assessment plan.
  • We are applying to offer end-point assessments for standards in our core sectors as they become available.

    We are currently endorsed to deliver end-point assessment for dual fuel smart metering, project management and Level 2 rail engineering operative.

    We are also running a pilot with IMechE to deliver end-point assessment for mechatronics (which is part of the Engineering Technician Level 3 standard), with a view to extending this service to cover other advanced manufacturing and engineering sector standards. 

    As the specialist awarding organisation for industry, we've been at the forefront of supporting employers to develop new apprenticeship standards at every stage, including assessment plan development. By choosing EAL as your apprentice assessment organisation you'll benefit from:
    • Unrivalled support and expertise from end-point assessment experts who are time served in your occupational area.
    • A wealth of expertise in quality assuring delivery and assessment, that builds on our unique understanding of employer skills needs in our core sectors.
    • A flexible and responsive solutions-based service, with the first rate level of customer service that EAL is renowned for.

Which Apprenticeship Standards Contain EAL Qualifications?

EAL has developed many new qualifications for apprenticeship standards. Click on the tabs below to see which are currently ready for delivery. 

Please note, the EAL qualifications for the Engineering Technician Level 3 apprenticeship standard are listed separately further down the page.



  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Aerospace Engineer Level 6

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence) 601/7289/7
    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) 601/8618/5

    Aerospace Software Development Engineer Level 6

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence) 601/7289/7

    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) 601/8618/5

  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link

    Qualifications

    Is EAL approved to deliver end-point assessment?
    Dual Fuel Meter Installer Level 2

    Qualifications are not mandatory in the apprenticeship standard.

    In order to progress to the end-point assessment the apprentice will need to be assessed against and achieve registration on the Gas Safe® Register and Meter Operators Code of Practice Agreement (MOCoPA). 

    YES


  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Manufacturing Engineer Level 6

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) 601/7179/0

    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) 601/8618/5

  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Product Design and Development Engineer Level 6

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) 601/7179/0

    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) 601/8618/5

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) 603/1353/5
  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link

    EAL Qualification Name

    Is EAL approved to deliver end-point assessment?
    Associate Project Manager Level 4

    EAL qualifications are not a mandatory requirement of this apprenticeship standard. 

    Apprentices are expected to achieve an IPMA Level D qualification prior to their end-point assessment.


    YES
    Please note -  Although EAL's Level 4 Diploma in Project Management is not a mandatory requirement of the apprenticeship standard, it is a qualification many employers are still demanding as a bolt-on to further enhance learners' knowledge, skills and understanding.


  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Is EAL approved
    to deliver end-point assessment? 
    Rail Engineering Operative Level 2

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering Operative Competence

    603/1295/6

    YES
    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering Operative Knowledge

    603/1296/8


     
    Rail Engineering Technician Level 3

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Rail Engineering  Technician Knowledge

    603/0375/X

     
    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Rail Engineering Technician Competence

    603/0374/8

     
    Rail Engineering Advanced Technician Level 4 EAL Level 4 Higher Technical Certificate in Rail Engineering Technician Knowledge

    603/2089/8

     
    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Rail Engineering Advanced Technician Competence
    603/2090/4
     






     






     






     






     






     


  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Control/Technical Support Engineer Level 6

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7179/0

    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) 601/8618/5

    Electrical/Electronic Technical Support Engineer Level 6

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) 601/7179/0

    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) 601/8618/5

EAL Qualifications in the Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

The Engineering Technician Level 3 apprenticeship standard is a cross-sector apprenticeship which subsumes the following thirteen existing standards:

SSD2214 Eng Tech Lvl 3 App Standard Charts-v1 EAL

It means that engineering technicians in the aerospace, aviation automotive, maritime defence and wider advanced manufacturing and engineering sector can use one standard and assessment plan at Level 3.  There is one funding cap and one End-Point Assessment model to cover the thirteen occupations. 

EAL qualifications form part of the mandatory qualifications for the Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard. Click on the tabs below to see which occupations include our qualifications.

  • We offer both the Level 2 and 3 competency qualifications that underpin these standards.  This allows consistency in assessment materials throughout the apprenticeship.

    Role Profile

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Aerospace Manufacturing Fitter

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7289/7

    EAL Level 3 Diploma Aerospace Manufacturing (Development Competence)

    603/0051/6

    Aerospace Manufacturing Electrical/Mechanical and Systems Fitter

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7289/7

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Aerospace Manufacturing (Development Competence)

    601/0051/6

    Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician (Fixed and Rotary)  

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7289/7



    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance (Development Competence)

    603/0372/4

  • Roles

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Maritime Electrical Fitter

    Maritime Mechanical Fitter

    Maritime Fabricator

    Maritime Pipeworker

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Competence)

    603/0050/4

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Knowledge)

    603/2311/5

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Competence)

    603/2288/3

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Knowledge)

    603/2459/4

     

    Roles

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Maritime Electrical Fitter

    Maritime Mechanical Fitter

    Maritime Fabricator

    Maritime Pipeworker

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Competence)

    603/0050/4

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Knowledge)

    603/2311/5

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Competence)

    603/2288/3

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Knowledge)

    603/2459/4

     

  • We offer all mandated qualifications within the Machinist standard, including knowledge and competence elements. As a result:
    • Delivery can be smarter - content included within both the knowledge and competency qualifications can be rationalised.
    • Duplication is minimised.
    • There’s a direct link for apprentices between classroom based-learning and workshop-based practical tasks.

    Role

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Machinist – Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)




    601/7179/0

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)




    601/9034/6

    EAL Level 3 AME – Machinist (Development Competence)




    603/1034/0

    EAL Level 3 Machinist Knowledge (Development Knowledge)




    603/1033/9



  • We are the only awarding organisation to offer all mandated qualifications within this standard, including knowledge and competence elements. As a result:
    • Delivery can be smarter - content included within both the knowledge and competency qualifications can be rationalised.
    • Duplication is minimised.
    • There’s a direct link for apprentices between classroom based-learning and workshop-based practical tasks.

    Role

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Mechatronics Maintenance Technician

    EAL Level 2 in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7179/0

    EAL Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment

    601/9035/8

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering – Mechatronics Maintenance Technician (Development Competence)

    601/8875/3

    Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

    603/1354/7

    Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)




    603/1353/5



  • We are the only awarding organisation to offer all mandated qualifications within this standard, including knowledge and competence elements. As a result:
    • Delivery can be smarter - content included within both the knowledge and competency qualifications can be rationalised.
    • Duplication is minimised.
    • There’s a direct link for apprentices between classroom based-learning and workshop-based practical tasks.

    Role

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Product Design and Development Technician

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7179/0




    EAL Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment

    601/9035/8

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering – Product Design and Development Technician (Development Competence)

    603/0926/X

    EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)




    601/1354/7

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (Development Knowledge)

    603/1353/5





  • We offer all mandated qualifications within the Technical Support Technician standard, including knowledge and competence elements. As a result:
    • Delivery can be smarter - content included within both the knowledge and competency qualifications can be rationalised.
    • Duplication is minimised.
    • There’s a direct link for apprentices between classroom based-learning and workshop-based practical tasks.
    Roles

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Technical Support Technician

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7179/0

    EAL Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technical support technician (Development Competence)

    603/2290/1

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

    603/1353/5

    EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

    603/1354/7

  • We are the only awarding organisation to offer all mandated qualifications within this standard, including knowledge and competence elements. As a result:
    • Delivery can be smarter - content included within both the knowledge and competency qualifications can be rationalised.
    • Duplication is minimised.
    • There’s a direct link for apprentices between classroom based-learning and workshop-based practical tasks.

    Role

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician





    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7179/0




    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

    603/1353/5

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in AME – Toolkmaker & Tool and Die Maintenance Technician (Development Competence) – under development

    603/1221/X

    Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

    601/1354/7





 

What Apprenticeship Standards Have Been Developed?

More standards are being continually launched as the programme of reform progresses.

To view all the new and in development apprenticeship standards go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards

Apprenticeship Frameworks

EAL qualifications sit within a range of industry apprenticeship frameworks including:

Business and Support Services

Construction

Electrotechnical

Engineering and Manufacturing

Gas and Utilities

Logistics Operations

Plumbing

Rail

You can view the full frameworks available on the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online website.  Or if you wish to apply for apprenticeship certificates, please login to the Apprenticeship Certificates England online system.

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