About the Academy

James Walker Devol, is a key employer in the region and has been for over 60 years with a reputation for innovation and excellence in the field of Manufacturing Engineering in Inverclyde. James Walker Devol is now committing to enhance their relationship with West College Scotland by working in partnership to give young people in the Inverclyde training and employment opportunities by the launch of a new Engineering and Manufacturing training academy. This academy will give participants a grounding in Engineering and Manufacturing skills which will provide them with an opportunity to progress in to a career in Engineering

West College Scotland and James Walker Devol are launching The James Walker Devol Academy, to re-establish the identity of Engineering and Manufacturing in Inverclyde and to give school leavers and potentially those who wish to retrain, a new variation of qualification with added incentive of possible employment as a result of hard work and dedication.


About the Qualification

Aligned with Enginuity's National Occupational Standards, this qualification, developed in collaboration with James Walker Devol, equips learners with industry-relevant knowledge and skills. Divided into two stages, the initial phase, conducted at West College Scotland, combines classroom instruction with hands-on experience in a manufacturing workshop offering an SVQ Level 1 qualification in Engineering and Manufacturing with additional tailored CNC content, providing essential skills in automation, N.C. coding, machine control, and proficiency in job-related tasks within the field.

What will I learn?

The course will cover a range of topic areas, including:

  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • Introduction to engineering and manufacturing
  • Basic engineering principles and techniques
  • Materials and their properties
  • Dimentional control and metrology
  • Introduction to CNC

The Academy welcomes applications from school leavers aspiring to enter engineering and manufacturing careers, employed individuals seeking formal qualifications or a career change, and those who wish to broaden their Engineering knowledge.

What next?

Upon successfully completing the initial first stage of the training programme, candidates can gain interview experience with James Walker Devol, if successful in the interview there will be the opportunity of the second stage— the in-house segment of the James Walker Trainee Programme—where they'll apply acquired skills and knowledge learning from the academy in a real-world manufacturing setting.

Outside of the Academy, the qualification will be designed to provide learners a clear pathway to further education and training, including the opportunity to progress to an SVQ Level 2 qualification or an apprenticeship. This also would allow for the option of articulating to West College Scotland’s:-

  • SVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations Pre-Apprenticeship course.
  • Varied NC Engineering qualifications


  • Potential employment in the engineering or manufacturing sector

To apply visit our Introduction to Engineering course to get started on the James Walker Devol Academy this January!