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General Welder (Arc Processes) Apprenticeship (Level 2)


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2 years

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Course Overview

Welding is used extensively and in almost every sector of industry. There is a high demand for skilled General Welders in areas such as: automotive, marine, transport, general fabrication, construction and many more. General Welders produce items like components for cars, ships, rail vehicles, simple metallic containers and steelwork for bridges, buildings and gantries.Welding is a safety critical occupation and every welder takes responsibility for the quality and accuracy of their work. You will learn how to produce joints that satisfy basic quality standards in order to ensure that the finished products function correctly.This Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard for Welding replaces the old SASE Intermediate Apprenticeship Framework. The duration of this Apprenticeship Standard is typically 18 to 24 months.

What will I learn?

During this course you will learn how to produce good quality welds using two welding process/material type combinations (TIG, MMA, MIG/MAG, FCAW), how to achieve a quality of work to meet international standards for dimensional and surface inspection (Visual, Magnetic Particle Inspection and Dye Penetrant Inspection) and how to position, prepare and check the welding equipment among many other skills.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The vast majority of this Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard is delivered at the Apprentice Welders place of work. However, the Apprentice Welder will achieve a C&G Level 2 Certificate in Welding.

Entry Requirements

Practical skills are considered as important as academic ability and the employer will set their own specific selection criteria. However, the candidate should ideally have at least D grades in their English and Maths. The learner will be required to successfully achieve qualifications at level 1 in English and Maths and to have taken examinations at level 2, for both subjects, within the period of apprenticeship if not already achieved.

You must have secured a position with an employer and be ready to start working with them before you can begin your apprenticeship course.

If you already have an employer and they have agreed to put you through an apprenticeship, contact the Apprenticeship team and we'll get you started. Email or call 0845 345 2235.

If you don’t have an employer, you can still apply for an apprenticeship directly - check out our latest apprenticeship vacancies here:

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What Could I Do Next?

On completion of this Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard in Welding, the natural progression is onto the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in Welding.In Industry, there are also numerous pathways for General Welders who may wish to pursue higher level careers in welding. These include progression to Multi-Positional Welder, High Integrity Welder or Welding Instruction and Teaching, Welding Inspection and Managing and Supervising Welding Operations.

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