About The Apprenticeship
Land-based Service Engineers will typically work on the employers’ premises under supervision and where appropriate and safe to do so, work on their own initiative.
They work on a diverse range of machinery, plant and equipment specific to their sector within the land-based engineering industry. For example, maintaining a range of machinery, plant and equipment in one sector such as agriculture, forestry and horticulture.
Employers set the selection criteria for their apprentices. Typically this will include English and maths GCSEs at grade C or equivalent. In addition, it is desirable that the apprentice has a basic understanding of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this and take the tests for Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the End Point Assessment.
- Level 3 Land-based Service Engineering Technician
Farm Machinery Operator, Arable Farm Labourer, Forestry Equipment Engineer, Machinery Mechanic and Agricultural Service Engineer roles.
Example Knowledge Content:
- How to comply with the Health and Safety at Work act, manual handling regulations, the abrasive wheel regulations and the legislation relevant to the role of Service Engineer
- How to record information, maintain accurate customer service records and communicate with customers and colleagues using verbal and handwritten methods whilst observing customer care practices
- Workshop practices, the identification and application of tools and equipment used in service and maintenance operations. This will typically include knowledge of the care and storage of tools and equipment
- Methods of thermally and chemically joining metals and components – This knowledge will be used in the context of performing service and maintenance operations to machinery and equipment
- The operating principles of machinery, plant and equipment within the chosen land-based service engineering sector
Example Behaviours Content:
- Safety – A disciplined approach to compliance with health and safety guidelines with a responsible attitude to risk regardless of the level of supervision. Risk-averse attitude to matters concerning the environment, property, personal safety and the safety of others
- Quality – Follows instructions and guidance. Demonstrates attention to detail and applies approved checks throughout work activities to ensure compliance. Employs a logical approach to problem-solving and seeks opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency
- Communication – An open and honest communicator who recognises the need to use appropriate communication methods to express and receive information accurately in a timely, positive and respectful manner
Example Skills Content:
- Select and apply appropriate tools and equipment, demonstrate dexterity, resourcefulness and a professional approach to service engineering practice
- Maintain and conduct basic repairs and maintenance activities on power units, power trains, mechanical equipment, plant and machinery and their associated systems and components either under supervision or following procedures and service schedules prepared by the manufacturer or employer
- Thermally and chemically join metals and materials
- Assess and interpret technical data relating to service and maintenance operations in accordance with the manufacturer’s documentation
This apprenticeship programme will be delivered through a combination of practical hands-on and theory-based activities which will be tailored to ensure the apprentice develops the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a professional Arboriculture worker and effective member of your organisation.
With all apprenticeships, there is a requirement to record 20% off-the-job activities and this will be achieved through the use of a dedicated electronic online portfolio which the apprentice, you as the employer and the college delivery team will all have access to. The apprentice will be assigned a dedicated Assessor Trainer, who will undertake regular workplace progress reviews with both the apprentice and an assigned member of your team, as well as supporting all aspects of the apprentice’s ongoing development. This approach enables effective progress monitoring and target setting to be established from day 1, ensuring the employer and apprentice are clear about all aspects of the apprenticeship programme and what part they each play in ensuring the apprentice continues to make the expected levels of progress. Furthermore, this approach ensures any additional support requirements or interventions can be implemented in a timely manner as required.
A BCA Virtual Learning Environment ensures all learning, development and support material can be easily accessed, further supporting the blended learning and development approach adopted by BCA for all its apprenticeship delivery. This ensures flexible and responsive training at all times, through a combination of on-line and face-to-face activities delivered by industry experts, using our high quality, industry-recognised resources and equipment. The apprentice will be required to undertake and pass an independent End Point Assessment upon successful completion of their apprenticeship, after which point they will be awarded their Apprenticeship Certificate.
Certificates of competency may be included within the apprenticeship. Please speak with the Business Development Team about your requirements.