Fabrication & Welding Apprenticeship

Duration: 24-30 months

The Fabrication and Welding Apprenticeship is for individuals that are interested in a career or developing their existing skills in fabrication and welding. A fabrication and welding Apprentice will cut, shape and join sections of metal in a wide range of industries.

They will develop the practical skills and technical knowledge required to work as a professional and competent fabricator and welder. Intermediate Apprentices will work in roles such as;

■ Fitter Welder

■ Pipe Fitter

■ Semi-skilled Sheet Metal Worker

■ Welder/Fabricator

What does the course cover?

■ NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering

■ NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations

■ Level 2 Diploma in Engineering

■ Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths, English and ICT

■ Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

■ Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Mandatory Units are; Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements, Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation and Working efficiently and effectively in engineering.

Examples of optional units include; Producing Fillet Welded Joints using a Manual/Semi-Automatic Welding Process, Marking Out Components for Fabrication, Producing Sheet Metal Assemblies and Producing Platework Assemblies.

Course Dates

2014: Flexible.

Course Fees for Standard Package

16-18 year olds – Fully funded

19+ year olds – 50% employer contribution.

The NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations is completed during the first year of the programme. Apprentices learn basic engineering skills leading to an NVQ Level 2 qualification. The PEO qualification can be completed at West Anglia Training Association or at a local College on a full time or day release basis (subject to employer requirements). Typical Colleges used by WATA include; Cambridge Regional College, Peterborough Regional College and West Suffolk College. Mandatory Units are; Working safely in an engineering environment, Carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively and Using and communicating technical information. The Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology (Technical Certificate) is completed at a local College and follows on from the Performing Engineering Operations qualification. A full Framework Certificate is issued at the end of the programme showing that all modules of the Apprenticeship have been achieved.