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“I would certainly recommend Swale Skills Centre to my friends doing engineering. The best bit is the practical side because of the brand new equipment and you get to build a car!� Danny, 16.

SWALE SKILLS CENTRE The Swale Skills Centre is a unique state-of-theart Vocational Centre designed to deliver training in engineering and sustainable technologies to people aged 14 - 19 and Apprentices. In other words, we give you the chance to learn valuable skills that will help you on the path to your dream career.

So why should you choose engineering? The engineering industry gives you endless opportunities for career development, from work in aerospace and motorsports, to careers in renewable energy and conservation. Studying engineering gives you the chance to develop your creative side, learn to problem solve and earn excellent qualifications in a practical, hands-on environment; so if you like to learn by doing then engineering is the industry for you. People who study engineering go on to have careers across a range of sectors and are some of the most in-demand and well paid professionals in Britain today. Studying at the Swale Skills Centre can help you engineer a brighter future for yourself.

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“I’m on a general engineering course doing an apprenticeship at MEP. I want to work in the rail industry.”

“All the tutors are ex-engineers with proper experience. I think that’s really helped me and given me loads of tips and hints that I can apply to a work scenario.”

“Before I came here I was hoping to find a good college that knows what it’s talking about. Swale Skills Centre is a good well rounded college and I would recommend it to my mates.” Charles, 16.

HOW IT WORKS We offer a range of courses at levels 1 to 4, as well as bespoke industry courses that are designed by employers themselves. We also offer facilities for Apprenticeship training.

So What’s So Special about Swale? The best thing about studying at the Swale Skills Centre is that you can do it alongside your academic studies, by arranging a ‘day release’ scheme with your school that will allow you to come to us one or two days a week for specialised engineering classes. We offer courses that other colleges don’t and we have a range of state-of-the-art equipment that allows you to experience the practical side of engineering first hand.

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“I have to go on about the facilities, we use downsized versions of the machines we actually use at work which is an easy way to learn.� Alex, 19.

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Our Vision is coming to life. New state-of-the-art facilities for engineering, catering & hospitality are almost here

Courses we offer Trainee Opportunities Full Time Courses Year 10 & 11

BTEC Certificate in Engineering

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BTEC Level 2 Certificate BTEC Award BTEC Certificate BTEC Extended Diploma

Engineering or Catering & Hospitality

GCSE 1 x A Level 2 x A Levels 3 x A Levels

Mechanical Electrical Electronics Power Pneumatic/Hydraulics Renewables

Level 2 to Level 3 Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeships University

Engineering or Catering & Hospitality


Level 2 = 4/5 Grade C and above passes, specialising in Engineering and Catering Level 3 Advance Level = 1, 2, 3 or 4 A Levels including Maths

Business Opportunities Apprenticeship Training Intermediate & Advanced Training


Mechanical Maintenance Electrical Electronics Power, Wind & Renewable Energy

Catering & Hospitality Training Courses


Health & safety First Aid CNC/CAD/CAM Aspects of Engineering Catering & Hospitality 16 - 19 years old 19 - 24 years old 24 + years old

Available as 1 day, multiple days or week long courses according to your needs No costs to you 50% fees paid by you, 50% funded Low cost loans to trainee


Power Electronics Instrumentation Circuit Manufacture Control Systems CAD/CAM CNC Machining Hydraulics Power Transmission Machining Maintenance Fitting Agricultural Energy Management ICT Time Management Working Regulations Generation/Transmission











Installations & Grid Integration Maintenance Electrical Machines CAD Mathematics for Engineers Aerodynamics Meteorology Renewable Energy Principles Physics First Aid Safety in the Workplace


APPRENTICESHIPS One of the Swale Skills Centre’s main aims is to provide industry with keen apprentices that have a good grounding in engineering. To facilitate this we have built partnerships with local industry and training providers such as SEMTA. Each year all of our students are invited to apply for apprenticeships and attend interviews with our partners with a view to finding them a suitable placement.

Past performances show that this works very well and a significant percentage of our students get apprenticeships. The majority of the local companies then send their apprentices back to the Swale Skills Centre to gain further qualifications and experience in engineering. For more information about apprenticeships go to:

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First Aid Basic Health & Safety Manual Handling COSHH Safety

“Level 3 extended is the engineering course I’m on. In the future, I’d quite like to work on CAD design that’s used in design industries like architecture.” Ben, 16.

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Mechanical Engineering Electrical Engineering Electronic Engineering Engineering Principles Wind Turbine & Renewables Design and Prototyping Renewables Hydraulics & Pneumatics

So What Jobs Could you do as an Engineer? It would really be quicker to list the jobs an Engineer can’t do! Think about the world around you; everything in it, from your mobile phone to your car and even your clothes, has been designed and manufactured, and design and manufacture requires input from engineers. Whatever field or industry interests you, the chances are that you can find out more about it at Swale.

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“I’m on a general engineering course Level 3 Apprenticeship. I had no clue what to expect because I’d never been to college.”

“The teachers & tutors all have great hands on experience and are genuinely helpful. They know exactly what they’re talking about and always show you what’s what.” Alex, 19.

“Engineering plays a part in almost every aspect of our lives. Whatever field YOU choose, you’ll need to look long and hard to find a career as significant, stimulating, exciting and challenging.” [Source: The Engineering Careers Information Service]

So What’s the Next Step The course you choose depends on your age, level of education and personal interests, so the best thing to do is look on our website or call our advisors to find out which path will most suit your ambitions. Whatever you decide to do, our staff are here to advise and guide you through from application to graduation, to help your career really take off…

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“I’m a full time student doing Level 3 extended diploma. In year 10/11 I found engineering interesting and thought it was something to pursue. The course has given me a good insight into what I might want to do in the future.” Tom, 16.

Get In Touch Swale Skills Centre Units 1 & 2 Bonham Drive Eurolink Business Park Sittingbourne Kent ME10 3RY 01795 412 280


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Engineering Centre for Excellence

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Engineering Centre for Excellence