Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inFabrication and Welding

This apprenticeship is designed to cover the skills and knowledge in one or more of a wide variety of activities and offer maximum flexibility to meet the needs apprentices engaged in Fabrication and Welding. This Engineering Apprenticeship offers training in practical hand skills and the safe operation of hand and machine tools to produce components from sheet metal, fabricating and welding. Training could include producing mechanical drawings using computer aided design (CAD).

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    Ofsted - Outstanding Provider

Key Facts

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College Code: C-AP3EMO6

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

New entrants who want to work in an Engineering Environment and candidates who have already studied and obtained a Level 2 in Fabrication and Welding. All candidates must be keen and motivated to work in the engineering/manufacturing industry or be practically minded and want to work with their hands.

Course Content

The designated technical certificates underpin the knowledge elements of the competence qualification in this pathway. The knowledge qualifications deliver essential underpinning knowledge, which supports the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles to equip apprentices with the understanding required to operate effectively and efficiently at craft and technician level within this sub-sector.

  • Engineering health and safety
  • Computer automated and robotic systems principles
  • Power supply, and analogue and digital circuit principles and fault

Assessment Methods

On-programme is the learning phase for apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisations and role, and to capture the skills, knowledge and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. To achieve this apprenticeship, it is necessary to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship, this can be tracked and monitored through our e-portfolio.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s at grade C or above in English, Maths and a Science related subject.

English & Maths

Prior to completing the Apprenticeship, Apprentice must achieve Level 1 Maths & English and be working towards and attempt Level 2 Maths & English (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C). If Maths & English Functional Skills are required, these are typically taught in college in specialist functional skill classes.

Progression Opportunities

While significant numbers of Advanced Apprentices will seek internal progression to team leader or supervisory roles within their companies, some will want to progress to a Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering; others may decide to opt for a Foundation degree or HNC/HND.

Delivery Model

Programme is delivered through a combination College based training and assessment (this may involve day or block release), alongside work based training and assessments that enable the apprentice to complement the skills that are learnt, developed and used within the workplace with the knowledge gained at college. Average duration is 36 months.

Payment Breakdown

Levy (via Digital Apprenticeship Service DAS) Non-Levy (direct debit arrangement)
Total cost to employer £9000 £9000
Monthly cost £375 £375
End Point Assessment N/A N/A
Payment Terms 12 Months 12 Months

If an employer has less than 50 employees with the apprentice aged 16-18 at the start of training it is fully funded (no cost to the employer).

*All details correct at time of print. Additional costs may apply

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