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Apprentice Fabricator Spooner Industries Ltd

The role supports both the fabrication and fitting department, providing the opportunity to learn how to fabrication and assembly bespoke machinery under the supervision of senior engineers.

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Closing date: 09 Nov 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 7.30am - 3.45pm with two unpaid breaks (Morning break 15 minutes and lunch 30 minutes).

    Total hours per week: 36.50

  • Expected duration

    21 months

  • Possible start date

    16 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    25 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

  • To set and operate MIG and TIG welding machinery, carrying out work on all types of materials (mainly steel)
  • To fabricate and weld frames, bases, canopies, tubes and any other bespoke work.
  • To assemble and build machines
  • To read and have good understanding of engineering drawing in order to produce fabrications and assembly machines
  • To monitor and inspect work for quality to ensure consistency with specifications
  • To work with hand tools
  • To be trained on all Company H&S policies and procedures in order to work safely
  • To maintain good general housekeeping of own work area

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • A methodical and practical approach to learning, encompassed with a desire to succeed academically
  • Any additional engineering skills, qualifications or experience will be desirable (not essential)
  • Good attention for detail
  • Ability to identify and solve problems
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • And able to plan and prioritise own workload

Personal qualities

  • Flexibility, energy and drive to promote and respond to changing requirements
  • Honest, sincere and genuine
  • Team player
  • Must be reliable and Punctual
  • Resilient and calm
  • Dedicated and conscientious
  • Genuine interest in engineering, specifically fabrication and welding
  • Willing to take responsibility for own learning
  • And ability to work alone and with others

Desired qualifications

GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths (or the equivalent). 

Future prospects

Successful applicants can look forward to the possibility of a full-time position, post-apprenticeship.

Further training and job-specific development is also a possibility within other areas of the business.

Things to consider

This company is located in Ilkley, so please ensure you can arrange suitable transport for the start and finish times of the job. It also includes off-the-job training at Keighley College, so please make allowances for the travel.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit:

About the employer

Spooner industries design, manufacture, commission and install equipment all over the world. We are proud to be a British manufacturing company with a long history of developing excellent processing equipment. Working at Spooner you’ll get to enjoy working with some of the biggest names across the various sectors Spooner has become well-established within the process industry. Spooner works in 5 specialist areas food, environment, metal, paper and converting.


Spooner Industries Ltd


Moorland Engineering Works

Railway Road


LS29 8JB

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Leeds City College


Saffron Khan 01535 685118

Mode of delivery: To attend the keighley college 1 day a week over the 15/18 months alongside observations and assessments carried out in the workplace. An assessor will visit the place of work every 6-8 weeks.

Competence qualifications available to this pathway:

City and Guilds 7682-20 Level 2 NVQ Performing Engineering Operations.

  • Work 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 MIG/MAG and other continuous wire welding equipment 
  • Preparing and using manual TIG/TAG or Plasma-Arc
  • Preparing and using manual metal Arc welding equipment 

There will be a mandatory three-part holisitic end-point assessment starting no earlier than three months before the planned end of programme.

  • 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 selected by the employer
  • A practical/oral examination compromising two practical tests and 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 skill/knowledge modules selected. The authorised examiner (appendix 1), responsible for supervising the tests, will also conduct an oral examination to assess the apprentices understanding of the tests he/she is undertaking and of the wider responsibilities of a welder
  • A professional interview which is designed to do two things: Firstly, to further explore the apprentices knowledge relevant to his/her role and secondly, to assess if the apprentices occupational behaviours meet the requirements specified in the apprenticeship standard. This must be carried out last.

In order to be successful, apprentices must pass all three parts.

Personal and People Development: Working on their own as well as part of a team, seeking help and guidance when they are not sure.

Health, Safety and Security: Maintain a safe and healthy working environment and Adhering to legislations appropriate to the industry.

Equality and Diversity: Follow the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Functional Skills Qualifications:

  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English 
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths

Apprenticeship standard

General welder (arc processes)

Level 2 (GCSE)

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