Some more helpful information !
We have compiled a list of helpful questions and answers. In addition you can ask your own questions via the form at the bottom of the page and we will add them to the list.
Q1. Can anybody do this course?
A1. Applications for our study programme are open to technically minded people, with a real interest in electronics. It would help if you are a logical thinker, with attention to detail and a preference for systemic working. The funding has been provided by the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership and Greater Manchester Combined Authority therefore this training course is only available for people who are living within Lancashire or Greater Manchester area. If you are not sure this is the case please use the Gov.uk/find-local-council (will open a new window) tool to check.
To be accepted onto the programme your local Council area must be one of the following:
- Lancashire County Council
- A member of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council, Manchester City Council, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council,Salford City Council, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council, or Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council)
Q2. When does it start and finish?
A2. Enrolment will begin during November and applicants will be notified if they have got a place on the course in December. The course will begin in January 2021 and last 12 weeks.
Q3. Do you get any qualification if you finish the course?
A3. In addition to a Tech Lancaster programme completion certificate, you will get a globally recognised IPC certification which is a credential provided by IPC to individuals in the electronics industry (administered by licensed IPC training centres). The certification confirms a person’s knowledge of IPC standards and the ability to apply this knowledge to everyday manufacturing principals of printed circuit board applications.
Q4. Is it assessed, how do you pass?
A4. Depending on the level being undertaken, the programme will be assessed by a combination of online quiz, lab based assessment and interview.
Q5. Do I have to sit an exam?
A5. No. This is a top up skills programme and is not replacement for formal learning. We intend to make this programme as practically focused as possible, and any assessment will be more focused on practical skills than written skills. There will be a number of quiz questions which we will use to assist our evaluation of participants but this is to help provide the most effective support.
Q6. Do I need a computer?
A6. No a handheld tablet will also work, but you may find a larger screen more comfortable.
Q7. Is the course free?
A7. The course is free of charge, due to our successful bid for government funding. However, you will need to pay your own transport costs and other associated expenses, to attend the workshops, which will be held in Lancaster.
Q8. What type of qualifications do I need?
A8. You do not need any formal qualifications, just experience in a technical area. If you have engineering related qualifications you will find these useful for progressing your career in electronics.
Q9. Is it modular learning?
A9. Yes 3 short online modules (Digital skills, H&S General, H&S ESD Electro-static Discharge), and 4 longer online modules (Assembly & Manufacturing, Introduction to Electronics Principles, Drawings and Schematics, Tools & Test Equipment), and a number of practical workshops. The online learning is instructor supported self paced learning. The workshops will be modular depending on the skill and ability level of participants.
Q10. Is there more than one level?
A10. Yes there is 3 different skill levels, from complete beginner in the electronics sector to experienced practitioner.
Q11. Who will be interviewing for the jobs
A11. If you complete the course you will be offered an interview from one of the six consortium members or an affiliate company. It will depend on your chosen area of work, skill level and specific interests as to which company from the consortium will interview you. You will be able to express a preference at the end of the course.
Q12. What’s involved in the practical work?
A12. We want all participants to learn the practical skills needed to successfully undertake roles at all levels in the electronics sector. This will include soldering (both through hole and surface mount soldering), simple wiring, use of basic tools and instrumentation, and using drawings and schematics. A number of different workshops targeted depending on skill levels and job roles will be run and participants will be allocated to workshops based on skill levels and interests.
Q13 Where do the practical workshops happen?
A13. Workshops will be held at the Lancaster and Morecambe college (LMC) or in a nearby facility, covid-19 permitting.
Q14 What types of job roles are available ?
A14. Our local industries employ people in a number of different job roles. Learn more about some common ones via our case studies here.
Q15 What is the time commitment of the course ?
A15. The course consists of two elements: a) an interactive self paced online training “MOOC” programme, followed by b) practical workshop based sessions. For the first part of the course, whilst we recommend to allow 20 hours a week for the training, this may vary between different abilities. As the online training is self paced, it is entirely up to the participant as to when and how they dedicate time to the programme. For the practical workshops these will be fixed times and dependant on numbers and where possible we will be flexible to participants needs as best we can.
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