Fabrication and Welding Engineering (Advanced Apprenticeship - Employer)





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About the course

Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications you need now and in the future. On- and off-the-job learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business. Over 130,000 workplaces offer apprentice places because they understand the benefits they bring to their business - increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent work-force. Research has shown how employers feel that apprentices benefit their companies:

Business benefits


  • Having trained staff will improve efficiency and help make your business more professional
  • Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line, helping you to improve productivity and to be more competitive
  • Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs providing the skilled workers you need for the future
  • Apprenticeships increase staff retention and motivation
  • Apprenticeships offer a practical and job-related form of learning
  • Apprenticeships create a more talented and diverse workforce
  • Apprenticeships provide cost-effective recruitment and induction
  • Apprenticeships provide a pool of employees from which future managers might be selected
  • Apprenticeships enable employers to fill skills gaps
  • Apprentices introduce new ideas and innovation to businesses

Entry Requirements

In general the apprentice will need to be able to work on their own and as part of a team, producing high quality work to meet agreed targets. They will need to be well-organised, apply good communication skills and be committed to learn.The main factor in recruitment is the scope of the job responsibilities within the work place, which our advisors can go through with you.Prospective applicants will typically need to:

  • Demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills at interview
  • Give a good performance in our engineering aptitude test
  • Have at least grade C at GCSE in English, Maths and ICT

Previously acquired engineering or design technology qualifications may be an advantage.If you have a vacancy for an apprentice, we can help you with the recruitment process by:

  • Advertising your vacancy
  • Assessing candidates' basic skills
  • Shortlisting candidates for interview
What will I do on this course?

Fabrication and welding is the process of using heat and pressure to join or create items. Many different energy sources can be used for welding, which can be an industrial process or performed in many different environments, including open air, or under water. Welding is a potentially hazardous undertaking and precautions are required to avoid burns, electric shock, vision damage, or inhalation of poisonous gases and fumes.

In the first year the learner will be at college learning technical and practical skills relevant to this engineering speciality. For the rest of the course, time is spent improving knowledge and skills working with experienced engineers in yourworkplace and applying what has been learnt to prove competence and complete the Apprenticeship.On completion of the course the learner will have gained the following qualifications:

  • NVQ Extended Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering
  • Diploma in Engineering
  • Functional Skill in English (if the learner requires it)
  • Functional Skill in Maths (if the learner requires it)
  • Functional Skill in ICT (if the learner requires it)
  • Award in Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Award in Employment Rights and Responsibilities
Who is it for?

Apprentices are passionate and enthusiastic about engineering and have the personal and organisational skills needed to complete an apprenticeship. They must be prepared to commit at least three years to the course and maintain motivation throughout. They must also be capable of following instructions to carry out complex engineering tasks and overcome problems, whilst working as part of a team or on their own. Learners will be:

  • Commited
  • Focused
  • Motivated
  • Organised
  • Reliable
  • Able to learn and improve from experience
How to apply

Contact our Employer team.

How Is this course assessed?

The candidate will be assessed on- and off- the-job by a process of continual assessment. Functional skills training is tailored to preparing apprentices for their examination. Technical theory is delivered in college by way of tutorials and assignments. The NVQ is achieved by applying the skills acquired in day-to-day work and will be assessed by a tutor/assessor visiting the workplace every four to six weeks and reviewing the evidence gathered in the apprentice's portfolio.

What could I do next?

Many apprentices either progress to higher technical courses (HNC or degree), or on to Higher Apprenticeships. Either way they will have gained the technical and practical skills to give them a solid grounding in their chosen engineering specialism, and to prepare for roles such as:

  • Sheet Metal Worker: Working from drawings, cut, shape and join metals/materials up to 3mm thick using cutting and pressing machines and equipment
  • Plater/Fabricator: Working from drawings and templates mark out, cut, shape and join materials more than 3 mm thick using fasteners or welding
  • Welder: Join materials by multiple processes; plan, implement and monitor resources and activities; quality check welds; identify and solve problems



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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