Welders join pieces of metal together by using intense heat. They are responsible for preparing the metal and looking after the tools that weld the metal together. Welders work in manufacturing or construction concerned with metal fabrication, in heavy engineering and related industries such as shipbuilding/repair and engineering construction. The welder may have to set up the pieces to be welded on a bench, workshop floor or construction site.

What Will Be Covered:

  • Training will be practical using industrial equipment, tools and machinery found in the workplace
  • Learn various welding processes and techniques, health and safety and safe working practices
  • How to understand technical drawings and instructions and follow safety procedures at all times
  • How to prepare and clean surfaces in preparation for welding
  • How to select, set up and the safe use of appropriate welding equipment

Career Opportunities:

A skilled welder is a valuable asset to a company, and can be paid extremely well. Welders can look forward to working in shipyards building tankers or cruise ships, large construction sites, oil rigs, power stations, petrochemical sites and the nuclear industry.

As well as manual techniques, some types of welding are mechanised or done by robots, especially in industries that produce items on a large scale, like the motor industry. Here, welders help set up the machines, which operators use and have also helped to develop intelligent robotics for welding. There are other, more specialist processes like laser welding, electron beam welding and solid state welding.

Welding can also lead to consultancy work advising manufacturing industries on equipment and systems.

Entry Requirements:

3 GCSEs, 9-4/A-C including Maths, English & ICT.

Additional Study:

If you do not hold the relevant GCSEs you will need to complete the Functional Skills qualifications as part of your apprenticeship. You will also cover topics relating to Employer Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning, Thinking Skills.

Location and Assess Or Frequency:

1st year of the apprenticeship will be off-the-job and based within NETA’s training Centre. The remaining duration of the programme will be based on-site within the workplace and you will be visited by a Competent Assessor.


42-48 months.

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