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Intermediate Apprenticeship Fabrication and Welding (15 months)

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8th November 2016

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Intermediate Apprenticeship Programme: Fabrication & Welding PDF:

Intermediate Apprenticeship

Fabrication and Welding Pathway

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 and meets the demands of sector guidelines in respect of achieving the right qualifications and practical 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. Our programmes run throughout the year with 4 starting points you don’t need to wait until September to enrol with CEATA unlike most FE colleges, we are employers and we understand engineering, we train our skilled workers for our business to ensure we can continue to expand – we can do the same for your business too.

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.

Upon successful completion of the intermediate apprenticeship we progress suitable apprentices to the advanced apprenticeship programme (level 3).

Apprenticeship Framework:

Our accredited training programme meets the requirements of the framework Improving Operational Performance, framework number FR04049

We are an accredited EAL Ltd training centre and have identified the following qualifications as meeting the demands of the framework:

  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations
  • Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology
  • Functional Skills* (Maths and English) level 1
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Delivery Model and Assessment

Apprentices are required to attend our training academy on a day release basis over a period of 15 months, to achieve the level 2 and then a further 20 months for level 3.

The day release includes classroom and workshop sessions for training, assessment and examination of the NVQ and the Diploma, Functional Skills and ERR.

Assessment of the NVQ is conducted during the day release and with on the job assessment and review every 10 – 12 weeks. Apprentice will be assessed in a range of methods including – project work, practical assessment (on the job), written assignments, externally set tests and evidence collated onto an electronic portfolio (OneFile) which can also be accessed via a mobile app.
Please note that we are not a college and consequently we work the same weeks in the year as an employer.

Qualification Units

NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations (600/8264/1)

There are 3 mandatory units:

  • Working Safely in an Engineering Environment
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively as part of a Team
  • Using and Communicating Technical Information

Plus 3 optional units chosen from the following list:

  • Producing Mechanical Drawings using a CAD System
  • Producing Components using Hand Fitting Techniques
  • Producing Sheet Metal Components and Assemblies
  • 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 Wire Welding Equipment
  • Other options are available please ask

Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology (500/7595/0)

There are 3 mandatory units:

  • Engineering Environment Awareness
  • Engineering Techniques
  • Engineering Principles

Plus 3 from the following list:

  • Fabrication and Welding Principles
  • Manual Welding Techniques
  • Producing Components from Metal Plate
  • Producing Components from Sheet Metal
  • Thermal Cutting Techniques
  • Other options are available please ask

Functional Skills*

The minimum requirement is level 1 Maths and English – exemption certificates must be presented at enrolment. Those with level 1 must work towards level 2.

Please Note: 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.


Success depends on several things; regular attendance, behaviour and attitude and progress against learning and assessment plans. Absences will be reported to employers on the day and all employers will have observer view of their apprentice’s electronic portfolio. A review of progress is conducted with apprentices and employers every 10-12 weeks. Apprentices must bring their own PPE to the training academy along with pens, paper, calculator etc. on every attendance. Apprentices who do not attend with the correct equipment or comply with the centre guidelines will be sent back to work. Apprentices who repeatedly fail to comply or fail to complete assessments may be exited early from the programme.


Employers who are Apprenticeship Levy payers can fund apprenticeships directly through their digital account, non-levy payers are required to pay 10% towards the cost of the apprenticeship – please contact us for details. All applicants will have to pass an eligibility check and provide ID prior to acceptance on any programme.

How To Apply

There are several ways that you can apply:

1. Complete the online application form here
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.

Canal Engineering Ltd

Our Training Academy is a division of Canal Engineering Ltd located at a dedicated training academy on Easter Park Lenton Lane.

The CEATA Training Academy opened in March 2017 and offers 3 fully equipped workshops which include 14 welding bays, 4 large teaching/classrooms, meeting rooms, canteen area, lockers and IT Suite. The academy is 2 minutes from the Gregory Street tram stop, there is no on-site parking for apprentices but street parking is available in the locality. Visitor parking is available.

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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