Overview of apprenticeship
An Advanced Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme. It allows you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience while being paid to do so. Along with functional and personal skills that are needed for your immediate job and future career you will learn through a mix of project based learning in the workplace, formal off the job training, and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.
The Fabrication and Welding Advanced Apprenticeship is designed to provide the skills, knowledge and competence requirements through specific sub-sector pathways to operate at craft or technician level. The engineering sector has a long tradition of offering apprenticeship frameworks as a means of meeting the skills requirements for its sector. The framework has kept pace with technological change within each of the sub-sectors and remains highly relevant to their skills and training needs.
Delivery Plan and Assessment
Learners will attend West Suffolk College one day a week for taught sessions, excluding half terms and holidays. In total, learners have to spend 20% of their of their time on programme completing Off-The-Job training, this includes their day release, and any shadow shifts. Apprentices will be supported by 1:1 meetings in the workplace by their dedicated Programme Tutor. Additional learning resources and information will be made available online to ensure a fully blended learning experience.
Where will this course take me?
As well as ensuring full competence within Fabrication and Welding, this apprenticeship provides a foundation for potential progression into a team leader or supervisory role within the company, a Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering, a Foundation degree, or HNC/HND.
Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?
The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 per hour. However, the average wage for apprentices with WSC is £4.85 per hour. Your wage is decided by your employer and most will look to reward excellent progress and completion of your apprenticeship.
Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification, but may very according to the pathway chosen.
Apprentices without English and Maths at Level 2 must achieve these prior to taking their End Point Assessment.
On completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship the learner will achieve the following:
- Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Fabrication and Welding
- Level 3 in Engineering Technology or Fabrication and Welding
- Any required Functional Skills in English or Maths
- Skills for Success - This module is designed by West Suffolk College to ensure you have all the personal skills and behaviours to succeed in the workplace.
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
How is this funded?
Apprentices are not required to contribute financially towards Apprenticeship training.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more, you will pay into an apprenticeship levy. This levy is then used to pay for the full cost of the apprenticeship course which is £9000. This figure is divided by the duration of the Apprenticeship and you will make monthly payments from your account directly to us.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of under £3 million, the Government will fund 95% of the training fee meaning you will be required to contribute 5% (£450).
There are incentives available if you are a small employer (under 50) and if you train/recruit a 16-18 year old.
Try out our apprenticeship levy calculator here
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Applicants - You can apply using the button at the top of this page, where you will then be booked in for a 1:1 with an apprenticeship advisor.
You can apply for our apprenticeship vacancies via:
Employers - Please contact us to speak with a member of the Apprenticeship Team and organise a face to face visit.
Days & times
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