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Why Welding?

There is a demand across the country for skilled and qualified Fabrication and Welding engineers, and employers increasingly need committed, well-trained and enthusiastic workers.

York College has good relationships with employers across the York and North Yorkshire region in the fields of Engineering Manufacturing & Maintenance, Fabrication & Welding and Engineering Production.

There are 2 different routes to choose from through this Advanced Apprenticeship, depending on the range of work of your employer:

  • Plating
  • Fabrication and Welding

Qualification and Level

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Welding (Level 2)

Advanced Apprenticeship in Welding (Level 3)

What Will Be Studied?

  • EAL Level 2 NVQ Performing Engineering Operations (Fabrication & Welding)
  • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication & Welding Engineering Technology
  • EAL NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Welding or Plate Working
  • If necessary: Functional Skills/GCSE in maths and English to level C/4

What is the Entry Criteria?

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You should have as a minimum four GCSEs or equivalent at grade C/4 or above, ideally including GCSE Maths & English.

Method of Delivery

Apprentices attend College on day release and work for their employer for the rest of the week for the duration of the apprenticeship.

How is the Qualification Assessed?

NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma: you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work, which demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments and written tests.

EAL Level 2 NVQ: assessed through the completion of practical assessments and underpinning knowledge questions.

EAL Level 3 Diploma: assessed through the completion of practical assessments and academic assignments and an online test.

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

  • Knowledge test
  • Practical test
  • Structured interview


This apprenticeship takes approximately three years.

What Next?

After achieving an Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship, most employees will have the opportunity of further professional development within their company. In some cases, this can lead to the status of Incorporated Engineer within a Professional Institute, or further study such as HNC/D, Foundation Degrees, or a Higher Apprenticeship.

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