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Advanced Apprentice Metal Fabricator Marden Edwards Ltd

An exciting opportunity to work within a fast-paced and varied engineering environment for a forward focused engineering company, looking to be the best in its engineering discipline.

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Closing date: 14 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Wage

    Competitive salary

  • Working week

    39 hours per week 07:30 hours to 16:45 hours Monday to Thursday with 45 mins unpaid for lunch; 07:30 hours to 12:30 hours Friday. Hours are made up of both on the job training and study.

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    42 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    17 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

Marden Edwards Ltd has an opportunity for the right person to become a Fabricator Welder apprentice and gain their skills with a company proactive in its field and expertise.

The successful applicant will be: 

  • Be able to read and work from technical drawings
  • Trained to use machinery such as Press Brake and Guillotine to manufacture a wide range of fabricated components
  • Trained to be able to TIG and MIG weld piece parts and final welded assemblies to a high level of competency
  • Trained in the use of a wide range of hand press and finishing tools
  • Responsible for the safe maintenance and repair of all production equipment and systems in order to drive optimum product quality and throughput
  • Ensuring targets and quality standards are achieved and maintained using all available resources
  • Ensure a safe working environment by working safely in accordance with site Risk Assessments, Health & Safety procedures and rules at all times
  • Develop in role to enable effective use of technical and engineering skills and knowledge in a logical, practical, applied way to solve problems, whether previously experienced or not

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Where required or requested, produce written documents – emails, reports or papers – to help communicate problems/answers or other items that need clear communication.


Personal qualities

Enthusiasm and a determination to succeed. Self-motivation, to ensure college deadlines are met, and an inquiring mind.

Work effectively as a team player in every respect – within your own team while on shift but also the wider maintenance teams.

Ensure attendance at daily shift briefings to understand the wider production performance and needs and how this impacts the maintenance team.

You should be a career orientated individual, have a methodical and practical approach to learning and encompassed with a desire to succeed academically whilst also being proactive. This will ensure that this apprenticeship is fulfilling, rewarding and achievable. 

The willingness to assist colleagues and undertake any other duties within level of capability as required between core responsibilities is essential.

Desired qualifications

4 GCSEs, grades A*-C/4-9 (achieved or predicted), including maths, English Language and science. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Candidates meeting these minimum criteria will be invited to SETA to sit aptitude tests.

Future prospects

A possible opportunity to progress your career with the organisation.

Things to consider

Starts at £5 p/h depending on age of the candidate, increasing every year until they're 20, then it is based on performance.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual and will be an excellent opportunity to begin your career with a progressive company. 

Apprentices must be able to travel to and from SETA training facilities in Millbrook Southampton for long block training weeks and to Marden Edwards in Wimborne.

You will be required to attend long block training at SETA Southampton to ensure your training is effectively given and also to work within the teams at Marden Edwards whilst not attending the normal workplace.

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

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide is updated every April (ANMW):

About the employer

Marden Edwards, established over 50 years, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and assembly of overwrapping and shrink-wrapping systems. Our position as international market leader is the result of an exceptionally comprehensive product range, an ability to tailor machinery to individual applications, and a worldwide network of trade partners providing local expertise and after sales service.  

Over 10,000 Marden Edwards systems have been manufactured from our UK factory and installed in over 150 countries worldwide. All our systems are designed, manufactured and supplied to the latest ISO standards to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 45001:2018, seamlessly integrating our overwrapping machinery into your production process.

It is a measure of the reliability and lasting quality of the machinery that many of the early machines, produced up to 50 years ago, are still in production and fully supported by our after sales division.


Marden Edwards Ltd



Nimrod Way E Dorset Trade Park


BH21 7SH

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Southampton Engineering Training


Tracy Simper 023 8087 8319

Our Advanced Apprentices will undertake a new Level 3 Metal Fabricator apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

This will include 20 weeks off-the-job training at SETA’s training centre in Southampton to work and gain practical engineering skills in different disciplines, and to begin your theory required in order that you will achieve an advanced standard.

Back in company, returning one day a week to gain your BTEC certification, you will also begin working towards an end test in order to achieve your level 3 standard apprenticeship, cover many required tasks and theories to ensure full competence and ready you for the required independent end test

For candidates who do well and wish to progress, there is the opportunity to progress further certification.

Apprenticeship standard

Metal fabricator

Level 3 (A level)

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