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Introductory Welding Level 1 Certificate at Buxton & Leek College

Course description

This qualification provides a broad based introduction to the practices and processes within welding. The course is ideal for those wanting to start a career in welding engineering.

The qualification is comprised of four elements which must all be completed and assessed: 

  • Tugsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding
  • Metal Inert Gas (MIG)  Welding
  • Manual Metal Arc Welding
  • Oxy-Acetylene Welding.

Course content

There is currently a significant amount of vacancies for skilled welders and, once qualified, welding offers a range of career options.

The weldability SIF Foundation predicts that we will need an additional 20,000 trained welders to meet the demand for major build programmes being rolled-out in the renewable/sustainable energy markets.

“Contrary to the expectations of many, good quality metal fabrication skills are in strong demand across the UK in a range of thriving industries where job prospects are far from limited – the oil and gas and nuclear industries, for example. Some welding novices are also pleased to find that gaining an industry-recognised welding qualification can open doors to skilled, contract work overseas.”

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Students will also have the opportunity to undertake enrichment activities such as sport, volunteering and community work. This course also involves work experience to ensure you’re developing vital work place skills in welding.

You’ll be taught in out £1 million Skillsbase Training Centre which

has been purpose built for vocational courses and hands on learning

and includes industry standard equipment and stations for welding

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. If you haven’t achieved your GCSEs in Maths and English at grade C or above you can work towards these whilst at College.

Future opportunities

Welding offers a wide range of rewarding career opportunities, which range from traditional metal working workshop jobs to offshore, construction and shipbuilding. Once you have gained some experience, your career could move towards welding supervision, design and inspection or lecturing. It is also possible to branch out into technical, sales, marketing and production management roles. Roles include a Welding Inspector, Technician, Engineer or Lecturer. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 February 2016
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    • Situated right in the town centre of Buxton in the magnificent Dome, our Buxton Campus provides an inspirational setting for our vocational courses.  

      The campus boasts a fine dining restaurant, hair and beauty salons and a bistro café area at The Dome. All the commercial operations are open to students, staff and the general public, helping to provide real world experiences.

      Our Skillsbase Training Centre, based at Harpur Hill on the outskirts of Buxton is the perfect location for motor vehicle, construction, logistics, warehousing and painting and decorating.

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