Pre-Apprenticeship Course Modules



  • Milling

On completion learners will be able to operate a milling machine to approved standards. Apply safe work practices while operating a milling machine, interpret simple component drawings, prepare a vertical milling machine to produce production pieces, maintain milling machine, tools and equipment.

  • Turning

On completion learners will be able to operate a lathe to approved standards. Apply safe work practices while operating a centre lathe, explain how the centre lathe is setup to produce production pieces, cut medium diamond knurls, operate centre lathe to produce production pieces to specifications maintain lathe, tools and equipment.

  • Technical Drawing

On completion learners will have the knowledge, skills and competence to communicate ideas graphically, describe the uses of common drawing instruments and tools, construct a range of 1-D and 2-D geometric shapes, draw freehand sketches, present developments for pyramids, prisms, right cones and cylinders, create drawings using crating, shade, shadow, tone and add texture, sketch the workings of a simple device.

  • Workplace Safety

On completion learners will have developed the skills in handling workplace items and safety equipment safely and effectively and have the knowledge, skills and competence to appreciate the importance of workplace safety. Identify fire exits, assembly points and emergency exits, identify hazards, explain the importance of PPE, carry out correct procedures for handling heavy, hazardous and fragile items, check smoke alarms and use a fire extinguisher.

  • Work Experience

This module covers the factors which influence work opportunities, the impact of paid and unpaid workforce participation, basic rights and responsibilities of employees and employers. Learners will learn how to identify personal strengths, summarise potential employment and learning opportunities, compile a CV and letter of application, participate in work placement and explore options for future education, training and employment.

  • Communications

On completion learners will be have the knowledge, skills and competence to communicate verbally and non-verbally in routine everyday tasks and in work related tasks. Communicate a range of messages effectively using visual aids, interpret images such as work related photos and diagrams, charts, maps, graphics, videos and logos, demonstrate listening skills, demonstrate a range of reading techniques, use drafting, editing and proof reading skills to write routine documents.

  • Mathematics

On completion learners will be able to use appropriate strategies such as rounding off, decimal places, estimation and percentages. Use a calculator for functions such as division, multiplication, square root, pi, scientific notation keys. Describe simple geometric shapes, solve practical problems by using correct formula and apply standard axioms and theorems of geometry. Solve algebraic equations, solve quadratic equations, explain basic statistical concepts, present information from data collected in graphical and tabular form including bar charts, pie charts, trend graphs histograms etc.

  • Information Technology Skills

On completion learners will have the knowledge, skills and competence to use applications in information technology and develop skills in data entry, word processing and using the internet, manage files, folders and directories, use a range of file management features to include delete, create, rename, copy, move, etc. Use data entry application to a minimum speed of 15 wpm. Access a word processing package, use a range of format tools including line spacing, indentation, justifying, enhance text, edit text etc. Navigate internet sites with specific links, use webmail application, manager a personal email account, produce a hard copy of a document.

  • Team Working

This module will equip learners with the knowledge, skills and competence to act as an effective member of a team, completing team-related tasks under instruction while taking responsibility for own activities and actions, identify personal strengths and weaknesses as a member of a team, identify principal elements and stages of team development, participate in feedback loops, participate in team activities such as problem solving, finding solutions and conflict resolution.