Fabrication & Welding Apprenticeship

Qualification: Advanced
Level 3

There are start dates for this apprenticeship throughout the year. Please apply and our apprenticeship team will be in contact with you to discuss.

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About this apprenticeship

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.

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
Learning style

The apprenticeship will include an NVQ diploma, functional skills and knowledge based element or technical certificate.

As an apprentice you can expect to be completing work based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage. 

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.

Entry requirements

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 grades 9-4/A*-C in English and maths (or equivalent), or can demonstrate through the assessment process that you 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.

To start an apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice. If you already have an employer please contact us. If not don't worry you can see our current apprenticeship vacancies which is regularly updated.

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.

Course length & fees
  • Fees:
  • Course Length: 36 months
  • Campus: Main
What next?

Possible careers:

  • Fabricator and Welder
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Marine Welder
Additional information

Information for Employers

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.