General welder apprenticeship

Work with metals to create high-strength welds in two welding positions

Welding apprenticeships can take you all kinds of places, in workshops, constructions sites or factories across industries like aerospace, construction, and marine engineering. As a welder, you’ll use both manual and mechanised arc welding processes with different materials like steel, aluminium, and copper. You’ll create welds in various positions and joint layouts, using different equipment and techniques for each process. You’ll collaborate with other team members like fabricators and inspectors, ensuring your work meets quality standards through inspections and tests. Following health, safety, and environmental rules, you’ll wear protective gear and recycle materials. You’ll often work independently or as part of a team, reporting to a supervisor. Be ready for shifts, flexible hours, and working at heights or near water. As a skilled and certified general welder, you can work anywhere in the world, even in tough environments.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: DT

Entry requirements for the general welder apprenticeship: Demonstrable practical or technical skills, ideally in a working environment

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £24,000 per annum

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