Plate Welder Level 3


A Plate Welder is found in a wide range of sectors associated with the fabrication, construction and upgrade of major capital plant items and facilities.

A Plate Welder apprentice may be employed in any size of organisation from small companies to large multi-national organisations. The sectors that Plate Welders can be found include the following:

  • Structural steel fabrication and construction
  • Marine fabrication, construction and upgrade
  • Defence fabrication
  • Process plant
  • Engineering construction
  • Mining and mineral processing
  • Transport
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for completion of their work to the required specification and deadlines, with minimum supervision.

Qualifications Included:

Level 2 Functional Skills – Maths and English (unless exempt)
Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

Free Added Value Qualification:
Level 2 Unit Accreditation (Foundation Competence)
Level 3 NVQ Fabrication and Welding Diploma (Development Competence)
  • Flexible national delivery available on this Apprenticeship, delivered using a ‘hybrid learning’ approach, incorporating face-to-face; work-based assessment and learning support sessions, along with timetabled tutor led live e-tutorials (accessed using MS Teams Education).
  • If required laptops loaded with all the necessary software packages are available free of charge to all Apprentices on a loan basis, ensuring access for everyone to the full curriculum.
  • As part of our commitment to the environment, we deliver all aspects of the Apprenticeship using the latest e-technology, including paperless inductions, live tutor led e-tutorials, and e-portfolio system for uploading course work and evidence gathering.
  • Spread recruitment costs throughout the year, by utilising our employer friendly, roll-on-roll-off monthly enrolment dates. Our flexible modular timetable breaks away from the traditional September start date (term times).
  • Apprentice progress reports are available to all employers on a monthly basis.
  • Unit Rate: £27,000 per Apprentice (no additional fees).
  • Typical duration to gateway: 36 months.

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