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Mode of study Apprenticeship
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Campus London Road Campus
Start date 1 August 2019
Course code PLR2UFW (1919)
  • Who is it for?

    Within this apprenticeship there are various job roles which would be applicable such as;

    Fitter Welder - Fabricate and assemble metal parts by MIG; TIG; Argon Arc welding, brazing and soldering.

    Pipe Fitter - Measure and cut required piping using hand or machine tools, install and fit piping into position, join sections, test and repair.

    Semi-Skilled Sheet Metal Worker - Working with metals such as; mild steel, aluminium and stainless steel, up to 3mm thick working from drawings to mark out shapes on the metal before cutting out, shaping and joining materials using thermal cutting and TIG; MIG and Argon Arc joining techniques.

    Welder/Fabricator (thick plate - semi skilled) - Working with metals more than 3 mm thick, using engineering drawings, jigs and templates, cut and shape materials using manual or automated processes including thermal cutting TIG; MIG and Argon Arc welding methods.

    Maintenance Welding Operative - Under direction, performs skilled welding in the repair, modification, and fabrication of equipment and facilities; makes minor mechanical repairs on a variety of heavy equipment; and performs related duties as required.

  • Entry Requirements

    In order to complete this Apprenticeship you will be expected to complete an initial assessment in maths and English to ensure you are at a suitable level to work towards these qualifications. Some employers will specify their own minimum qualification entry requirements, which would be detailed within their Apprenticeship vacancy.

  • What does the course involve?

    There are two main qualifications within this Apprenticeship;

    • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Fabrication and Welding (assessing your competence in the job role)
    • Level 2 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding (assessing your knowledge)

    As part of the Apprenticeship framework you will also study further qualifications in English, maths and ICT (if required) as well as Employer Rights & Responsibility and Personal Learning & Thinking Skills.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The Apprenticeship theory is taught at college on a day release basis once a week. In addition, you will be visited at your workplace regularly by your assessor, for the duration of your apprenticeship. During your workplace assessments you will demonstrate your competency through doing your job and be provide evidence of your knowledge and skills. If you need to complete your functional skills, then this will be covered at college.

  • Additional Notes

    Typically this takes between 18-24 months to complete, depending on your previous knowledge and experience.

  • What do I do next?

    To be an apprentice you will need an employer who can offer you work and release you for your training. Once you have an employer in place, you can apply online. If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring the Apprenticeship Team on 01743 260400 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beth Knight

Beth Knight

A Level Product Design (Media Studies and Music)
Previous school: Belvidere School

I took Product Design at A Level because I was inspired by my GCSE teacher. I really enjoy how hands on the subject is and using the computers to bring your designs to life. You can explore your creative side in a relaxed environment.

Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts

A Level Product Design (Maths, Physics)
Previous school: The Priory School

Product Design gives you a lot of options for your future. I enjoyed the project where we had to make something out of a generic Ikea stool – I created an adjustable table. After College I would like to do an Apprenticeship with JLR.

Gemma Elliot

Gemma Elliot

Foundation Degree in Electrical and Electronics Technology
Previous Institution: Llanfyllin High School

My Foundation Degree is funded by the engineering firm James Fisher. I’m learning so much and absolutely loving it.

Austin Luzadas

Austin Luzadas

Level 3 in Engineering
Previous school: Holy Trinity School, Telford

Level 2 was mostly practical and this year on Level 3 there is a lot of theory and it's preparing me for university. I live outside of Shrewsbury and the transport links to the College are good.

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Career Options

  • Welding trades

    Up to £30,000

  • Glaziers, window fabricators and fitters

    Up to £24,000


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