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Fabrication and Welding Advanced L3 Apprenticeship Framework


Type: Full Time

Subject: Engineering and Motor Vehicle


Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

4 Years


Level 3

Who is it for

Apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job–specific skills. Off the job training is on a day–release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education can apply.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to an interview with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers and will take part in an assessment.

What will I need

Entry requirements of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 and above. A suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your apprenticeship. Vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

What is covered

This apprenticeship involves the skills and knowledge needed for occupations in fabrication and welding, the ability to organise work and identify and prevent problems.

The apprenticeship will cover manual welding, welding machine setting and operation, forming and joining metal and using different methods of carrying out sheet metal cutting.

Apprentices are expected to attend college for 1 day a week as part of 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace.

How is the course assessed

Coursework, exams and practical observations.

What can this course lead to

Successful learners can continue to work within the fabrication and welding industry and gain promotion or learners could progress to an HNC.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality check
A fabrication and welding apprentice could expect to work unsociable hours, weekends and even be on 24 hour call out service. Working conditions may sometimes be confined and you may have to work outside in all weathers. Some work may be at height, outside buildings or on rooftops.

An employed status Apprentice will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 an hour, although many Apprentices earn more than this
• Get paid holidays
• Receive training

Nationally recognised qualifications:
• Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Fabrication & Welding
• Level 3 ABC Diploma in Fabrication & Welding
• Level 2 Functional Skills Maths
• Level 2 Functional Skills English
• Level 2 Functional Skills ICT
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