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Welding and Fabrication Apprenticeship Level 2 at Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Course description

This apprenticeship is ideal for people who have an interest and aptitude for work in many of the industries in and around the Herefordshire area. A quick visit to the Yellow Pages or a drive around one of the many industrial estates will demonstrate the ‘Engineering’ industry in Hereford is thriving.

As a welder fabricator your role may involve sheet-metal work, plate-metal work, structural steel work, pipe-work or anything in between. Problem solving and preparing quotes for customers, before commencing work and carrying out the repairs, may also form part of your job.

The welder fabricator uses a variety of methods to produce a product for the customer. At one end of the spectrum is detailed drawing, which will cover all aspects of a build, at the other end is a sketch of the end product, produced by the customer. It is the welder’s job to be able to interpret both and produce the product that the customer requires.

Apprenticeships are a well respected and recommended route into this sector

Course content

  • Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering: This is the competency part of the qualification and essential for you to achieve the full apprenticeship. This part shows that you are competent in performing the skill, trade or occupation your apprenticeship requires.
  • BTEC Extended Certificate in Engineering: This will show that you have the necessary technical skills, knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts as well as knowledge and understanding of the relevant market and industry.
  • Functional Skills: Providing you will a good level of English and maths. Level 1 English and Level 1 maths.

Entry requirements

  • You would normally be expected to have 4 GCSEs at grade E or above (including maths and English), or a relevant vocational qualification at Level 1 or above.
  • Those applicants without formal qualifications but who can evidence substantial and relevant sector work experience will also be considered.
  • All applicants are offered a place subject to satisfactory interview and an initial assessment in maths and English.


Assessment will take place through practical training at college and work and via theory through a portfolio of evidence. Work-based assessments are also carried out.

Future opportunities

Typical Employment:
Opportunities are varied and include working for construction companies, or agricultural engineering workshops with roles such as pipe fabrication, steel erection, sheet-metal work, etc.

Further Study:
Level 3 Welding and Fabrication

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herefordshire & Ludlow College directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2016

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