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Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Level 3

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Typical duration 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. As a minimum, you should have 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths.

What will I study?

This apprenticeship will give you the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to work as a Metal Fabricator and will include the following:

  • Work safely at all times, comply with health & safety legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
  • Check materials conform to the specified grades, dimensions and thicknesses identified on detailed engineering drawings
  • Use the correct methods for the moving and handling resources and materials
  • Set up, check and adjust the equipment for use in the safe and reliable fabrication of metal products or components and maintaining the equipment in a reliable and safe condition throughout
  • Interpret technical drawings, patterns, templates and specifications to mark out, produce and assemble complex fabricated products to meet the required specification and quality requirements
  • Use appropriate tools, equipment and techniques to shape and form (HOT or COLD) metal materials, demonstrating and applying knowledge of material properties and characteristics throughout
  • Operate appropriate tools and equipment to join metal parts using a range of mechanical fasteners and fixing techniques
  • Operate thermal joining equipment to join metal parts using a range of appropriate techniques to the standards required by the specifications for the fabrication activity being carried out

You will also work towards the Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and produce a portfolio of evidence on which the End Point Assessment (EPA) professional discussion will be based.

Method of Delivery

A flexible model of delivery is available based on the employer’s needs and can include an optional Level 2 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

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

It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Qualifications received

Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Level 3.

Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Level 3.

Your next steps

On completion of this apprenticeship you can progress on to higher level apprenticeships or the HNC in Engineering.

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

Tel: 01904 770368

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