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Welder (Arc Processes) Apprenticeship Standard Level 2


Type: Full Time

Subject: Engineering and Motor Vehicle

Level: 2

Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

18 months – additional time may be required to complete your independent End–Point assessment. You must have a contract of employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship programme.


This is a Level 2 Apprenticeship. Upon completion there is the opportunity to progress onto a Level 3 Plate Welder or Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard.

Who is it for

Please only apply for this course if you already have a suitable employer to support you throughout your Apprenticeship. If you do not currently have an employer you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies by visiting–vacancies

Do you enjoy using maths, science and technology to solve every day problems?
Are you looking for a career that could take you all over the world?

Welding is a way to make high strength joints between two or more parts. General Welders use high electrical energy to form an arc. Manual dexterity is essential in controlling the arc, which is used to melt metals, allowing them to fuse together to form a structurally sound weld. General Welders are fully competent in manual welding using at least one arc process.

General Welders are in high demand in many sectors, for example; automotive, marine, transport, general fabrication, construction and many more. As a general welder you could produce items like components for cars, ships, rail vehicles, metallic containers, steel work for bridges, buildings and gantries.

Welding is a safety–critical occupation and you will need to take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of your work. You will be required to produce joints that satisfy basic quality standards to ensure the finished product functions correctly, contributing to the safety of all.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship if you are living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education. You must be in paid employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre–interview with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers and will take part in an initial assessment for English and Maths. You may also be required to complete an aptitude test based on your current skills.

We strongly recommend all candidates also complete a minimum of 2 weeks of work experience with their employer before the start of the Apprenticeship to ensure the organisation meets your needs.

What will I need

The is a minimum entry requirement of GCSEs at grade D/3 and above including Maths and English. You can apply for this course with predicted grades where applicable. Please note you may also be asked to complete Maths and English qualifications as part of your Apprenticeship programme.

You will also need a suitably supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship. We strongly advise that you complete a minimum of 2 weeks of work experience with your chosen employer to ensure the organisation is right for you.

If you do not currently have an employer, you can apply for Apprenticeship Vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

Please only apply for this Apprenticeship course if you already have an employer.

What is covered

On this course you will develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for a General Welder. 

You will develop the skill to:
• Produce good quality welds using two welding process/material type combination (TIG, MMA, MIG/MAG, FCAW) and Carbon and Low Alloy steel, High Alloy Ferritic/Martensitic Steel, Austenitic Stainless Steel, Nickle and Nickle Alloys, Aluminium and Aluminium Alloys in at least two welding positions (Downhand, Horizontal, Vertical, Overhead).
• Attain a qualification in accordance with one of the following standard: ISO 9606/ASME IX, BS4872/AWS D1.1, determined by your employer. N.B these qualifications are regarded as licences to practice welding.
• Achieve quality of work to meet international standards for dimensional and surface inspection (Visual and Magnetic, Particle Inspection and Dye Penetrant Inspection)
• Position, prepare and check welding equipment
• Receive, handle and maintain consumables
• Prepare, check and protect materials and work area ready for welding
• Complete and check the finished weld ready for inspection and report into the production control system.
• Ensure that health and safety requirements are fully accounted for in all the above.

You will develop the knowledge to:
• Be aware of the basic mechanical properties and weldability of welded materials
• Understand the common arc welding process, joint types (fillet, lap, butt etc) and positions
• Understand the major components of welding equipment and the essential parameters for welding
• Understand the terminology, operation and controls for the selected arc welding processes, joint types and welding positions
• Identify and understand the causes of typical welding defects and how their occurrence can be reduced, for the materials and welding processes selected
• Understand the functions of welding consumables and the requirements for correct storage and handling
• Understand and identify hazards and basic health, safety and quality requirements when welding
• Know how to interpret and work to a welding procedure specification
• Know the basics of welding quality documents and reporting systems

You will need to ensure you display the following behaviours:
• A questioning attitude, to understand the processes and associated industrial applications. Maintaining competence with a commitment to continuous professional training (CPD)
• Planning and preparation to ensure production and CPD goals are achieved
• Intervention, to challenge poor practices and channel feedback to the appropriate authorities to implement change
• Reliability and dependability to consistently deliver expectations in production, quality, work ethics and self–development
• Accountability, to follow the specified procedures and controls and be personally responsible for the production of work and CPD

Your employer will also have the opportunity to add an additional Fabrication qualification to your Apprenticeship, to allow you to develop more rounded fabrication and welding skills, knowledge and behaviours.

As an Apprentice, you will be expected to attend college 1 day a week as part of your ongoing 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace, however, you may be asked to complete tasks at home via Google Classroom and One–file.

Please note you may also be asked to complete additional English and Maths qualifications as part of the Apprenticeship programme.

How is the course assessed

As well as being assessed continually throughout your Apprenticeship course, all Apprentices are required to complete an End–Point Assessment to complete their qualification.

The EPA is conducted independently to your employer and Peterborough Regional College and is designed to test whether you have gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours outline in the General Welder (Arc Processes) Apprenticeship Standard. Performance in the EPA will determine an Apprenticeship grade of fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Throughout your Apprenticeship you will complete several assessments, only when these have been completed can your assessor and employer agree to put your forward for the 'Gateway'. This gateway allows you to focus on and prepare for your EPA to complete your Apprenticeship. During this time your employer will be expected to support you to prepare for your EPA through regular training.

The EPA will take part in the final 12 weeks of the Apprenticeship and will include three distinct components:
1) A theoretical knowledge test – using multiple choice question papers containing generic questions relevant to all welders and specific questions relevant to the theoretical part of the skill/knowledge modules.
2) A practical/oral examination – comprising of two practical tests and an oral examination. The practical tests will be carried out in accordance with a recognised industry specification and will be in the most difficult welding positions for the skills/knowledge modules selected. There will also be an oral examination to assess your understanding of the tests you are undertaking and your wider responsibilities as a welder.
3) A professional interview – this is designed to further explore your knowledge which is relevant to your role and to assess your occupational behaviours to ensure they meet the requirements of the Apprenticeship standard.

Throughout the Apprenticeship it is your responsibility with the help from your employer, assessor and college tutors to ensure you are ready for your final independent EPA.

More information about your EPA will be given to you by your Assessor at the Apprenticeship Sign Up.

What can this course lead to

On completion of this Apprenticeship there is the opportunity to progress onto a Level 3 Plate Welder or Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard, continue with full–time education or employment.

There are numerous pathways for General Welders that wish to pursue higher–level careers in Welding. Future job roles could include: Multi–positional Welder, High Integrity Welder, Welding Instruction or Teaching, Welding Inspection, and Managing and Supervising Welding Operations.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase a uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality check
A fabrication Apprentices could expect to work unsociable hours, weekends and even be on 24–hour call–out service. Working conditions may sometimes be confined and you may have to work outside in all weathers. Some work may be at height, outside buildings or on rooftops. Apprentices will work on average 37 hours a week however this may vary based on seasonal trends and workloads. Welding is a safety–critical occupation therefore you must take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of your work, and take continuous professional development seriously.

General welders are in high demand across various industries, as a result you could end up travelling the world and being exposed to challenging working conditions. For accomplish professionals the monetary rewards can be significant.

As an employed status Apprentice you will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, although many Apprentices earn more than this. Please note you must be a paid employee of the business, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer.
• Have a contract of employment – this must be given to you at the start of your employment.
• Get paid holidays – these will be detailed in your contract of employment.
• Receive training – it is crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship that your employer supports you with regular training. The Apprenticeship standard states you must complete a minimum of 20% off–the–job training which can also include training at Peterborough Regional College and training within the workplace. You will also be expected to build a portfolio and complete tasks on One–file and Google Classrooms.

Additional fabrication qualifications are available. Contact us on 01733 762121 to find out more.
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