Fabrication and Welding Engineering (Advanced Apprenticeship)





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About the course

The fabrication and welding engineering Advanced Apprenticeship provides the skills and knowledge to operate at craft or technician level  within a range of specialities such as metal working, plating/fabrication, or welding. Our connections with employers across the South West means we can match you with an employer in this area. You will spend around three to four years receiving training on- and off-the-job, providing a solid basis from which to advance to supervision or management roles. 

Entry Requirements

You must:

  • Have at least Grade 4 in GCSE at English and Maths
  • ICT Level 2 or be willing to work towards this functional skill
  • Give a good performance in our engineering aptitude test
  • Demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills at 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 you will mostly be at college, learning the technical and practical skills relevant to the area of engineering you have chosen.In the second year you will continue acquiring technical competence through day-release at college. When not at college you will begin to prove your competence in your employers workplace collecting evidence towards your NVQ portfolio.In the third year you'll be in the workplace full time, working towards completing the Advanced Apprenticeship.

Who is it for?

You will need to be passionate and enthusiastic about engineering and have good personal organisational skills in order to complete the Advanced Apprenticeship. You must be prepared to commit at least three years to the course and maintain motivation throughout. You must be capable of using your own initiative to overcome problems, whilst also be happy working in a team and receiving and carrying out complex instructions


How to apply

Apply online

How Is this course assessed?

Your technical theory will be demonstrated by completion of projects and assignment work. Practical work will be demonstrated and evidenced by you proving your competence in the workplace.You may also need to complete self-study guides in engineering practice, and gain functional skills as appropriate. You will also prove your ability to improve your own performance through continued self-evaluation. 

What could I do next?

Many Advanced Apprentices progress to higher technical courses (HNC or Degree), or to Higher Apprenticeships. Either way you will have gained the technical and practical skills to give you a solid grounding in your chosen engineering specialism, in a job role 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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