AEMT - Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades

Apprenticeship Scheme


There is an acute shortage of experienced engineers to Rewind and Repair Electric Motors and Generators.

Electric motors drive pumps for water, compressors for industrial air and fridges, lifts in offices and hotels, fans and pumps in heating systems, and the machinery in factories.

Without motors the world would stop! Gas, oil, and water are all pumped by electric motors. Ships generate their own power, which drive the propulsion motors. Trams, trains, cranes, and forklifts are driven by traction motors. Power stations and Wind-farms need their power generators and electric motors maintained and repaired.

About 60% of industrial power is used by electric motors. Many of them are special and require repair and maintenance by engineers who are highly skilled. These engineers have both mechanical and electrical skills, and their job is vital. There will always be electric motors that cannot be replaced for various reasons and need repairing.

The AEMT members have  been at the forefront of developments in the motor repair market. Codes of practice such as the Repair and Overhaul of Electrical Equipment for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres have been adopted as International Standards. Maintaining motor efficiencies by following the AEMT repair methods are seen as a key requirement by industrial users in this energy conscious world.

Its against this backdrop that the AEMT has developed its Motor Rewind and Repair Apprentice Scheme run by Loughborough College.

The Programme

The AEMT Electro Mechanical Apprenticeship programme offers a comprehensive, 3 to 4 year, Advanced, Level 3, Apprenticeship. The programme follows the Engineering Sector Skills Council (SEMTA) guidelines and caters for the potential progression to higher qualifications such as HNDs.

The academic and skills training is provided by Loughborough College in a purpose built technology centre utilising the AEMT training workshop. The opportunity for students to learn alongside their peers from similar backgrounds within the industry has been one of the programmes greatest benefits.

Entry Requirements

To embark on to the Advanced Apprentice Programme candidates must have at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths, English Language, and Science.

Applicants should be registered with Loughborough College before they reach their 19th birthday for full government funding.

It is expected that the employer will interview applicants for suitability in the first instance; Loughborough College will then assess them for suitability.

Attendance Dates 2015

Attendance Dates 2016

First Year College

12 weeks full-time at college (4 periods of 3 weeks).

During the first year apprentices will cover the core skills required to enable them to operate in an engineering environment. A college based Level 2 NVQ, ‘Performing Engineering Operations’ (PEO), will be completed during the first attendance block.

Apprentices will also start work on their BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering.

Additional Occupation Units will also be covered.

City and Guilds, (C & G), Unit 9: Concepts of Electrical Machine Repair.

First Year Work Based

40 weeks full time work based.

This period is spent gaining appropriate skills and experience with the employer.

Second Year College

12 weeks full time at college (4 periods of 3 weeks).

The remaining two Additional Occupation Units will be covered.

C & G, Unit 12: Machine Repair and Reinstallation
C & G, Unit 13: Machine Inspection, Testing, and Repair

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering will be completed.

Second Year Work Based

40 weeks full time work based.

The assessment of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at Level 3 begins. There are 5 pathways available:

  • Engineering Maintenance, Electrical
  • Engineering Maintenance, Mechanical
  • Mechanical Manufacturing, Fitting and Assembly
  • Mechanical Manufacturing, Overhaul and Test
  • Testing Electrical Equipment

The Loughborough College NVQ assessor will visit the apprentice in the work place periodically to assess their competence against the national standards. They will also assist with the building of the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence.

Third and Fourth Year Work Based

52 weeks full time work based.

The apprentice will continue to work towards the completion of the NVQ portfolio in the workplace with the assistance of the assessor.

Review of Progress

During the apprenticeship the apprentice and the employer will be supported by a Loughborough College Training Officer, the link between the employer and college. Their role is to review the progress periodically throughout the programme.