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Steel Fabricator Apprentice Adey Group

Want to build your career in engineering, look no further Adey Group have three fantastic opportunities. Through an approved apprenticeship learning programme, to learn all relevant aspects of fabrication and welding to produce fabricated steel items and products to customer specifications and order requirements.

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Closing date: 31 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

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

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    07:15 - 16:15 Monday - Thursday, 07:15 - 12:15 Friday

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    13 Jan 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

You will:

Steelwork Fabricator/Welder will have the skill to:

  • Produce good quality fabricated components for the use in structural and other fabricated steelwork
  • Prepare the working area, equipment, consumables and materials for setting out the components to be marked for drilling, cutting, welding or bending
  • Prepare and use the equipment for bolting connections or tack welding component parts
  • Create appropriate jigs to aid repetition work
  • Complete and dimensionally check the finished fabrication ready for inspection and report into the production control system
  • Achieve a quality of work to meet international standards for dimensional inspection
  • Ensure that health and safety requirements are fully accounted for in all the above

Steelwork Fabricator/Welder will have the knowledge to:

  • Be aware of the basic material grades and various sizes of materials used
  • Understand the common component names section descriptions (beam, column, channel, plate, round hollow, square hollow, angle etc).
  • Understand the main non powered hand tools used in steelwork fabrication (hammer, square, scriber, measuring tape, chalk, trammel, etc).
  • Understand the main powered equipment used in steelwork fabrication (grinder, saw, drill, punch, guillotine, gas cutting equipment, etc).
  • Identify and understand the causes of typical fabrication defects and how their occurrence can be reduced
  • Understand and identify hazards and basic health, safety and quality requirements
  • Know how to interpret and work to fabrication drawings
  • Know the basics of quality documents and reporting systems

Steelwork Fabricator/Welder will display the following behaviours:

  • A questioning attitude, to understand the processes and associated industrial applications. Maintaining competence with a commitment to Continuing Professional Development
  • Planning and preparation to ensure production and Continuing Professional Development goals are achieved
  • Intervention, to challenge poor practices and channel feedback to the right 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 their production work and personal development

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Keen interest in engineering, especially metalwork and fabrication and welding
  • Good numeracy, particularly geometry
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Ability to read technical drawings

Personal qualities

  • Genuine interest in fabrication and welding
  • Motivated to learn and work hard
  • Resilience to work in a factory environment

Desired qualifications

Grade A-D/8-3 in GCSE English and maths or equivalent.

Future prospects

  • Full time role available at the end of the programme
  • 25 Days holiday + 8 Statutory Bank Holidays
  • Free Parking on site
  • Annual Health Surveillance
  • Great Learning Environment

About the employer

Adey Steel is one of the UK’s leading steel fabricators, working from our factory headquarters in the Midlands we support clients in the Rail, Energy, Infrastructure and Engineering sectors.

Our strong values are as inherent to our business today as they were when they were laid down by our founder Harry Adey in 1925. Proudly we remain a family owned business with a passion for quality and a reputation for delivering steel projects to the exacting requirements of our customers, while ensuring the safety of our workforce is to the highest of industry standards.


Adey Group


Falcon Business Park, Meadow Lane


LE11 1HL

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Leicester College


Liz Lightowler 0116 229 5509

Apprenticeship Standard for a Metal Fabricator.  

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking end point assessment. 

  • K1: The importance of complying with statutory, quality, organisational and health and safety regulations
  • K2: General engineering mathematical and scientific principles, methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols formulae and calculations
  • K3: The structure, properties and characteristics of common materials
  • K4: The typical problems that may arise within their normal work activities/environment
  • K5: Approved diagnostic methods and techniques used to help solve engineering problems
  • K6: The importance of only using current approved processes, procedures, documentation and the potential implications if they are not adhered to
  • K7: The different roles and functions in the organisation and how they interact
  • K8: Why it is important to continually review fabrication and general engineering processes and procedures
  • K9: The correct methods of moving and handling materials
  • K10: Processes for preparing materials to be marked out
  • K11: The tools and techniques available for cutting, shaping, assembling and finishing materials
  • K12: Allowances for cutting, notching, bending, rolling and forming materials
  • K13: Describe Pattern development processes, tooling and equipment
  • K14: Describe Cutting and forming techniques, tooling and equipment
  • K15: Describe Assembly and finishing processes, tooling and equipment
  • K16: Inspection techniques that can be applied to check shape and dimensional accuracy
  • K17: Factors influencing selection of forming process
  • K18: Principles, procedures and testing of different joining techniques (Mechanised or Manual)
  • K19: Equipment associated with Manual or Mechanised joining techniques including maintaining equipment in a reliable and safe condition
  • K20: Consumables used in Manual or Mechanised joining
  • K21: Effects of heating and cooling metals
  • K22: Metallurgy associated with joining
  • K23: Different types of Welds and joints
  • K24: How to interpret relevant engineering data and documentation


  • S1: Work safely at all times, comply with health & safety legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
  • S2: Comply with environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
  • S3: Obtain, check and use the appropriate documentation (such as job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation)
  • S4: Carry out relevant planning and preparation activities before commencing work activity
  • S5: Undertake the work activity using the correct processes, procedures and equipment
  • S6: Carry out the required checks (such as quality, compliance or testing) using the correct procedures, processes and/or equipment
  • S7: Deal promptly and effectively with problems within the limits of their responsibility using approved diagnostic methods and techniques and report those which cannot be resolved to the appropriate personnel
  • S8: Complete any required documentation using the defined recording systems at the appropriate stages of the work activity
  • S9: Restore the work area on completion of the activity and where applicable return any resources and consumables to the appropriate location
  • S10: Identify and follow correct Metal work instructions, specifications, drawing etc.

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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