About the course
This apprenticeship is suitable for you if you want to start a career or develop your existing skills in fabrication and welding. As a fabrication and welding apprentice you will cut, shape and join sections of metal in a wide range of industries. You will develop the practical skills and technical knowledge required to work as a professional and competent fabricator and welder.
Suitable job roles
- Fabricator and Welder
- Sheet Metal Worker
- Marine Welder
What you will learn
As a fabrication and welding apprentice you will work with metals and alloys, and may also be required to cut and join composite materials e.g. plastics.
- Main duties include:
- Select and laying out materials to be cut or joined
- Following engineering instructions and drawings
- Using most suitable welding method for the job in hand
- Inspecting and testing cuts and joins, using precision measuring instruments
As an apprentice you can expect to undertake work based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage. The apprenticeship will include an NVQ diploma, functional skills and knowledge based element or technical certificate.
A full assessment will take place to ensure you have the skills to complete the qualification. As this is an advanced apprenticeship, all applicants will require GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 in English and maths (or equivalent), or can demonstrate through the assessment process that they will be able to achieve this. By completing a workplace audit the Apprenticeship Coordinator will be able to establish whether you are covering the right level of tasks in the workplace to support the criteria necessary for the on-site evidence.
Note - You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.
Dates, times & fees
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You will attend college one day a week to ensure you get the support you need to succeed. The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training by the employer and an assessor who will visit you on site.
Evidence of knowledge and competency can be obtained through: observations in the workplace, physical products of work, reports, plans, online assessments, correspondence, witness testimony, discussion and questioning.
Apprentices will also be assigned an Assessor, who will visit them every 12 weeks to ensure they are happy with their progress and on track to achieve.