Mechanical Manufacturing (CNC Machining) SCQF Level 6 (Modern Apprenticeship) SVQ

What is special about this course?

Many engineering employers in our region are involved in manufacturing and maintaining systems and equipment. These employment opportunities are increasing as the Renewable Energy industries expand at a fast rate.  These industries continue to recruit people with Mechanical Manufacturing skills and qualifications along with the correct personal attributes.  This course will help you develop and achieve all of these, and more.

This Modern Apprenticeship initiative offers people the chance to work towards achieving an SVQ in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (CNC Machining) at SCQF Level 6. The programme is a combination of work-based and college training and provides the dual benefit of students gaining a nationally recognised qualification while being paid as they work.

This Modern Apprenticeship consists of an SVQ, Core Skills and Enhancements.

Apprentice Benefits;

  • Debt free learning
  • Nationally recognised qualifications
  • Career progression opportunities

Employer Benefits:

  • Cost effective training supported by funding from Skills Development Scotland (up to 100% funding depending on age and eligibility criteria)
  • Develop up to date and relevant skills and qualifications

Entry requirements

Candidates should be employed within an engineering setting.

Potential MA Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (CNC Machining) candidates should hold qualifications in:

  • Three national 4 qualifications including Maths, English and a technical/science subject


  • Relevant post school education and training


be able to demonstrate an interest and desire to work in, or experience of working in, the field of construction.

Candidates without evidence of achievement of formal academic qualifications as above will be asked to undertake a short ‘profile’ document to demonstrate ability of core skills at these levels.

Please note that applying for this course does not guarantee a Modern Apprenticeship place, your application will be discussed with you in the first instance.

This Modern Apprenticeship framework is developed by the sector skills council, Enginuity, in consultation with employers and key partners in the industry. The course can be tailored towards the specific needs of the employer but will typically contain core skills and industry specific units. These include:


Three Mandatory units:

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
  • Working efficiently and effectively in engineering

One Optional unit from Group A;

  • Loading and proving CNC machine tool programmes
  • Carrying out CNC machine tool programming

Two optional units from Group B, must be a pairing:

  • Setting CNC turning machines for production
  • Machining components using CNC turning machines


  • Setting CNC milling machines for production
  • Machining components using CNC milling machines


  • Setting CNC grinding machines for production
  • Machining components using CNC grinding machine


  • Setting CNC punching machines for production
  • Machining components using CNC punching machines


  • Setting CNC laser profiling machines for production
  • Machining components using CNC laser profiling machines


  • Setting CNC horizontal boring machines for production
  • Machining components using CNC horizontal boring machines


  • Setting CNC machining centres for production
  • Machining components using CNC machining centres

Core Skills

Candidates are required to achieve the following core skills:

•            Communication (SCQF 5)

•            Working with Others (SCQF 5)

•            Problem Solving (SCQF 5)

•            Information and Communication Technology (SCQF 5)

•            Numeracy (SCQF 5)

(Candidates who have already been certificated as achieving Core Skills at the levels given above do not need to repeat these Core Skills as part of the Modern Apprenticeship Framework.)


You must complete a National Certificate in an Engineering discipline as well as an SVQ 2 in Performing Engineering Operations.

All of our Modern Apprenticeships are a blended delivery, the majority of the apprentices' time will be spent within the workplace however they may be required to attend college as part of their apprenticeship programme which will be agreed between the assessor and employer.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Work based
  • Online

How long will my course last?

4 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Work Based
    • Thurso

Start date



Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


Funding is available from Skills Development Scotland to contribute towards the costs of the apprentices training under the Modern Apprenticeship Programme for all young people between the ages of 16-19 for all frameworks. Funding may also be available for young people between the ages of 20 -24 and 25+ however this is dependent on the framework and sector.


What can I do on completion of my course?

Participants may enter into the wide range of full and part time provision offered by the college or continue with employment goals.

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