Skills for Work - Engineering Skills


The Skills for Work (Vocational Pathways) programme offers young people in Shetland the opportunity to undertake college-based vocational training during their 3rd and 4th years at school.

Skills for Work Engineering Skills provides a range of practical skills and basic knowledge of engineering activities which will prepare you for work in a range of engineering industries. The course runs over 2 years (S3 & S4) and is very practical: most of your time will be spent in our engineering, welding, fabrication or electrical workshops.

When you complete the you will be awarded a Skills for Work - Engineering Skills award which is SQA accredited at SCQF Level 4.

Students dismantling a pump


"Good course and really helpful for the metalwork we do at school."


"Everything is good but I particularly enjoyed the electrical and bench fitting classes."

Course Information content

Course Information

Course Information

In Skills for Work Engineering Skills you will learn a variety of practical engineering skills and basic knowledge of a range of engineering activities.

Topics covered will include:

Mechanical Engineering Skills

  • Basic engineering fitting
  • Measuring
  • Marking Out
  • Cutting
  • Shaping
  • Drilling
  • Tapping

Electrical & Electronic Engineering Skills

  • Electrical & electronic components
  • Constructing circuits

Fabrication Skills

  • Cutting
  • Forming
  • Mechanical joining
  • Welding

Manufacture & Assembly Skills

  • You will use the skills you have gained to make and assemble an engineering artefact.
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Progression Opportunities

Progression Opportunities

When you have completed your Skills for Work Engineering Skills course you be able to progress to our Engineering Academy course in S5/S6.

Other progression options when you have finished school will include a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering, a National Certificate (NC) in Engineering Practice or a Merchant Navy Engineering Officer Cadetship.

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Skills for Work Overview

Skills for Work Overview

Skills for Work courses help you to become familiar with the world of work and provide knowledge and a variety of practical experiences linked to particular careers. They will also help you to develop general knowledge and skills that are important for employment and for life in general, including:

  • an understanding of the workplace, including your own responsibilities such as timekeeping, appearance and customer care;
  • evaluating your own progress, strengths and weaknesses;
  • analysing and solving problems; and
  • adaptability and a positive attitude.
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Practical Information

Practical Information

Skills for Work Engineering Skills is delivered at the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

You will receive a free bus pass to travel to and from Scalloway but you will be responsible for making your own way to and from the college.

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How to Apply

How to Apply

Your school will provide information on how to apply for a Skills for Work course.

You will be asked to attend an (online) interview as part of the application process.

The number of places on each course is limited and you may not get a place on the course of your choice if there are more applications than there are places available.

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Further Information

Please contact us if you need further information about this Skills for Work course, or would like to speak to someone about it.