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Advanced Apprenticeship – Fabrication and Welding (18 months)

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8th November 2016

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Advanced Apprenticeship Programme: Fabrication & Welding PDF:

Engineering Manufacture – Fabrication & Welding

For Employers:

Invest in young people and train your workforce of the future. An apprentice needs to be correctly trained and managed so that their skill acquisition fits the needs of your business yet meets the demands of sector guidelines in respect of achieving the right qualifications and the right experience.

If you are looking to recruit an apprentice or have people you would like to train read on, and then give the team at CEATA a call. Most apprentices start at level 2 and progress to level 3 in some cases it is possible to join at level 3.

For Individuals:

All apprentices have to be in full time paid employment if you are interested please ask your employer to give us a call.

At Canal Engineering we have our own apprenticeship programme and we welcome applications directly – please see our website for details.


Apprenticeship Framework

Our accredited training programme meets the requirements of the SEMTA framework Engineering Manufacture, framework number FR03846.

The framework requires that apprentices must achieve the following: a NVQ Level 3, a Technical Certificate at Level 3, Functional Skills (Maths, English and ICT at level 2) and Employment Rights & Responsibilities (ERR) and demonstrates Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).

We are an accredited EAL Ltd training centre and offer the following qualifications meeting the requirements of the framework:

  • NVQ Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Fabrication and Welding
  • Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology
  • Functional Skills (Maths, English and ICT)
  • ERR and PLTS


Delivery Model & Assessment

Apprentices are required to attend our training academy on a day release basis over a period of 20 months to achieve level 3.

During their attendance we will deliver the training, assessment and examination of the Level 3 Diploma Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology, Functional Skills and ERR. The NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fabrication and Welding will be assessed during the same time period in your work place.

This is “on the job” assessment. To meet the requirements of the awarding body apprentices will be assessed in a range of methods including – project work, practical assessment (on the job), written assignments, externally set tests etc.


Please note that we are not a college and consequently we work the same weeks in the year that you do as an employer.


Qualification Structure

NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fabrication and Welding (600/9932/X)

There are 3 mandatory units:

  • Complying with Statutory Regulations and Organisational Requirements
  • Using and Interpreting Engineering Data
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering


Plus optional units – the number of units depends on their value which will be agreed with apprentices and employers at the start of the programme.

The units below give an idea of the titles available:

  • Producing Components using Hand Fitting Techniques
  • Cutting and Shaping Materials using Thermal Cutting Equipment
  • Producing plate work components and assemblies
  • Cutting and shaping materials using thermal cutting equipment
  • Preparing and Using Manual Metal Arc Welding Equipment
  • Preparing and Using Manual TIG or Plasma‐arc Welding Equipment
  • Preparing and Using Semi‐automatic
  • MIG, MAG and Flux cored arc Welding equipment
  • Developing and Marking Out Templates
  • for Metalwork
  • Producing Fillet Welded Joints using a Manual Welding Process
  • Producing and Finishing Holes using Drilling Machines
  • Producing Plate work Assemblies


Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology (501/1130/0)

There are 3 mandatory units:

  • Engineering and Environmental Health and Safety
  • Engineering Organisational Efficiency and Improvement
  • Fabrication and Welding Principles

Plus optional units – the number of units depends on their value which will be agreed with apprentices and employers at the start of the programme.

The units below give an idea of the titles available:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Techniques
  • Pattern Development Methods
  • Manual Metal-Arc (MMA) Welding
  • Metal Inert Gas/Metal Active Gas (MIG/MAG) Welding
  • Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
  • Producing Sheet Metal Fabrications
  • Producing Plate Fabrications
  • Engineering Inspection and Quality Control
  • Thermal cutting techniques


It is important that the unit choices reflect the requirements of both the business and the individual and that apprentices are challenged to maximise their potential.


Functional Skills

These are Maths, English and ICT. Apprentices who hold qualifications at the same of higher level already are exempt however copies of certificates must be provided at the start of the programme.


How To Apply

There are several ways that you can apply:

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Call reception on 0115 986 6321 and ask for the CEATA Training Academy.
  3. Call to make an appointment with Karen Hodgson or Stuart Hackett to visit the training academy or arrange for a member of our team to visit you.


Once we receive your application we will invite applicants for an initial assessment.  If successful we will then visit your premises to carry out a Workplace Health & Safety check and agree the content and structure of the qualification and apprentices will then be invited for an induction day.




Success depends on several things; regular attendance, behaviour and attitude and progress against performance plan.

You have our assurance that in the event of your apprentice not attending (unauthorised absence) we will have contacted you by telephone or email before 10.30am that day to let you know.

We will report in writing your apprentice’s progress against their performance plan (Individual Learning Plan – ILP) every 10 weeks.



The scheme attracts an element of government funding for us to deliver the required training and assessment.  We will only charge a maximum of £40.00 per week for each of your apprentices as an ongoing management fee during the programme.


Canal Engineering Ltd

Our Training Academy is located on Lenton Lane at the HQ of Canal Engineering.

Canal Engineering is a busy fabrication and welding company with 100 employees on site. Trainees will benefit from seeing first-hand the activities involved in engineering operations as well as being required to conform to real safe working practises, production and quality management systems.

This is not a simulated training environment although trainees will normally be under close, expert supervision in the dedicated Engineering Training Academy.


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