Improving Operational Performance Apprenticeship Level 2

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This programme is for anyone wanting to start a career as a fabricator or welder and learn the basic skills required in the industry.

Course Information

With this apprenticeship, you will deal with general fabricated items such as catering equipment, ductwork, canopies for hotel kitchens and structural components such as building conversion steelwork and offshore oil platforms and subsea components.


Benefits / Skills

  • Working safely in an engineering environment
  • Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Producing sheet metal components and assemblies
  • Producing plate work components and assemblies
  • Preparing and using manual metal inert gas (MIG) and metal active gas (MAG) and other continuous wire welding equipment
  • Entry Requirements

    The employer will agree entry requirements for these apprenticeships and these will depend on the role that they are advertising. Please check that you meet all essential criteria before applying for a position, you can find the details of these on the full vacancy description (links below). If you are unsure about this please contact the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team on 0113 284 6464.

    Career Progression

    Apprentice Fabricator

    As an apprentice fabricator you will assist with the manufacture of products and will use handheld tools. In addition, you will shadow experienced members of the team, use shop floor machinery and maintain a safe working environment.

    Apprentice Welder

    As an apprentice welder you will prepare materials for welding. In addition, you will weld components in flat, vertical and overhead positions, analyse engineering drawings and examine work pieces for defects.

    Below are some Leeds City College apprenticeships you could potentially progress on to once you have completed this programme:

  • Fabrication and Welding Apprenticeship Level 3
  • Engineering Operative Apprenticeship Level 4
  • Automotive Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) Apprenticeship Level 3
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    Course Details

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    Full time

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    Course Facts


    Welders are judged by their skill level and do not require university qualifications to progress.

    Extra Curriculum

    94.7% of apprentices found our college induction useful and provided them with the knowledge required for their course.

    Labour Market

    The average salary for a qualified Fabricator is £26,415.

    Course FAQs

    How do I know that the employer environment is safe?

    Leeds City College has a responsibility for the safeguarding for all of its learners. We conduct safety checks on all of our employers to ensure the environment our apprentices are working in is compliant with health and safety laws and has minimised any potential risks related to their job role.

    This will be my child’s first job. Is there any support available to get them ready?

    Yes, they will be brought in to the college for an information session prior to being sent to an employer. This session will cover information on apprenticeships and an introduction to employability topics such as interview techniques and CV writing. If your child requires further support, we have a link with a local authority for further employability training.

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