The Training Academy


The CEATA Training Academy provides training courses for ambitious people and employers with an interest in the engineering industry, specifically in welding, metalwork fabrication and mechanical engineering.

When you train with us, you will work in a real engineering factory and be taught by qualified professionals. You will use state-of-the-art equipment in a safe and controlled environment, allowing you to gain experience with industry-standard machinery while benefiting from support.

Successful completion of an accredited training course will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification, which will improve your career prospects and make you a more attractive candidate to employers.

Our most popular training courses

We offer many training courses designed to progress your engineering career, with different options available depending on your current knowledge and skill set.

Read on to find out more about some of our most popular courses.

Traineeship Programme

The traineeship programme is for people who are looking to join the engineering industry but are being held back by lack of experience or academic success.

The programme offers the first step towards a career in engineering by teaching welding and fabrication skills, health and safety risks, and getting your maths and English qualifications up to standard if required.

To enrol on this course you must be:

  • aged 16–23 years
  • in receipt of job seekers allowance, universal credit or other benefits

You can find out more about the traineeship programme on our course list.

Pre-Employment Programme

This programme is for unemployed people who are looking to start a career in the engineering industry.

There are currently employers across the UK seeking certified welders and fabricators to join their companies. CEATA provides unemployed people with the opportunity to work for these employers via a government-sponsored training programme.

To enrol on this course you must be:

  • aged 19+
  • unemployed
  • motivated

You can find out more about the pre-employment programme here.

Intermediate Apprenticeship Programme: Fabrication & Welding

This intermediate apprenticeship provides a foundation of experience in fabrication and welding over 15 months.

The apprenticeship will lead to achievement of an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations, and a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology. All apprentices must also achieve Functional Skills at Level 2 in English and maths.

Upon successful completion of this programme, suitable apprentices will progress to the advanced apprenticeship in fabrication and welding.

See the full details of this apprenticeship on our course list.

Advanced Apprenticeship Programme: Fabrication & Welding

This Advanced Apprenticeship builds on the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Fabrication and Welding with more advanced techniques and knowledge study. The apprenticeship takes place over 20 months, and off-the-job training is provided at CEATA one day a week.

During this programme, apprentices will achieve an NVQ Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Fabrication and Welding, and a Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology. All apprentices must also achieve Functional Skills at Level 2 in English, ICT and maths.

See the full details of this apprenticeship on our course list.

Find out more about CEATA

To find out more about what CEATA can offer you, take a look at our course list or get in touch if you’ve got any questions.

Call us Today

To discuss a training course, arrange a visit to the Academy and receive expert advice, please contact the CEATA Training Manager; you’ll be glad you did!

Call: 0115 986 6321 or Email Us

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