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Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Level 3

Subject Area
Start Date
Study Mode
42 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 3

The broad purpose of the occupation is to carry out metal fabrication work using rolled steel joists, columns, channels, steel plate and metal sheet etc.

To ensure that the apprenticeship pathway is appropriate for the job role, both the employer and apprentice will have a consultation with the Engineering Department prior to enrolment. A bespoke training plan will be created for apprentices with any prior engineering qualifications

Entry requirements

You must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

You should have a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 or which ideally includes Maths, English and a science or technical subject. Your application will have to be referred to the Engineering Department and you may need to undertake an assessment for a decision to be made.

What will I study?

Fabricators use a large range of metals including steel, aluminium and titanium at a range of thicknesses from 0.5mm up to over 20mm. The size and weight of the fabrications can range from very small components to huge structures that require several cranes to manipulate. In their daily work, fabricators interact with planners, supervisors, inspectors, designers, welders, pipefitters, fitters, machinists, riggers, steel erectors, stores personnel, painters and many others involved in manufacturing, production, maintenance and repair.

Metal Fabricators work includes manufacturing bridges, oil rigs, ships, petro-chemical installations, cranes, platforms, aircraft, automotive and machinery parts, sheet metal enclosures, equipment supports and anything that can be fabricated out of metal.

Method of Delivery

A flexible model of delivery will be undertaken based on the employer’s needs e.g. apprentices attend College two days per week for two years or one day per week for four years and work for their employer for the rest of the time, or attend College on a one year full-time basis, and one day in year 2, then work with their employer full-time. You will build a portfolio of competence towards the End Point Assessment (EPA) during the apprenticeship. Assessor visits will take place at regular intervals throughout the apprenticeship.

How will I be assessed?

Successful achievement of the End-Point Assessment (EPA) will lead to final certification of the apprenticeship. The assessment, with an independent assessor, will comprise of:

  • Practical observation - to assess the apprentice’s application of skills within the apprentice’s place of work or in a suitable environment away from the workplace (e.g. in a centre approved by the EPAO)
  • Professional discussion - to holistically assess knowledge, skills and behaviours across the standard and will be informed by portfolio of evidence

Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Qualifications received

Qualifications received

  • EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (10 unit Performing Engineering Operations)
  • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Your next steps

This apprenticeship has professional recognition with the following:

  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers – Engineering Technician
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology - Engineering Technician
  • Royal Aeronautical Society – Engineering Technician

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York Business Partnership Team:

Tel: 01904 770368

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