Fabrication and Welding Apprenticeship

What is a fabrication and welding apprenticeship?

A work-based learning programme that allows you to earn a wage and work whilst studying towards industry recognised qualifications.

The apprenticeship for fabrication and welding is delivered through a combination of employment and classroom training, which can be carried forward into the world of work.

On completion of this programme you may be considered qualified.

This apprenticeship is designed for those with foundation knowledge of fabrication and welding.

How does it work?

This apprenticeship consists of on and off-the-job training. On-the-job training involves learning the skills and methods needed to complete your qualifications whilst at work. Off-the-job training will occur alongside this in the form of day release attendance once a week to our training centre in Pyle. 

These off-the-job training days are comprised of theory training and assessment, examinations and classroom time with your assessor.

Throughout your apprenticeship, your assessor will regularly visit you at your workplace and onsite to carry out reviews and observe you.

What qualifications will be achieved?

Apprenticeship programmes follow a standardised framework, i.e. a combination of qualifications that you must complete in order to successfully achieve. On completion of the fabrication and welding apprenticeship, candidates will achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Extended NVQ Diploma in Fabrication and Welding 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology
  • Level 2 Essential Communication Skills
  • Level 2 Essential Application of Number Skills 
  • Level 2 Essential Digital Literacy Skills

Routes and pathways can be tailored to suit the needs of the learner and employer dependant on job role, duties undertaken and work completed. Exemptions can be made for Essential Skills qualifications depending on prior attainment.

All fabrication and welding qualifications are accredited through EAL.

2 years maximum. The course can be completed sooner if you have prior welding qualifications that meet the framework requirements.

Candidates must hold welding qualifications at level 2 that indicate prior knowledge.

All candidates are subject to a robust initial assessment via the Wales Essential Skills Toolkit to assess levels of literacy and numeracy prior to enrolment.

Apprenticeship programmes are fully funded by the Welsh Government and European Social Fund, so there is no cost for the training.


  • You must be over the age of 16.


  • You must not be in any other education or training.


  • You must be in industry related employment.

Find us at:

11 Village Farm Road, Village Farm Industrial Estate, Pyle, Bridgend, CF33 6BL

Contact us on:


01656 74 66 88