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Metal Fabricator/Welder Apprentice Cosby Suppliers Ltd

Cosby is the leading UK designer and manufacturer of bespoke vehicles, relocatable structures & expanding trailer bodies. We build awesome stuff and have a close-knit team of highly skilled staff. You will work in our team undertaking high quality and efficient fabrication and assembly work supporting the completion of bespoke vehicles.

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Closing date: 24 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday - £6.56 per hour. Working week to be confirmed at interview.

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    42 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    24 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Cosby is the leading UK designer and manufacturer of bespoke vehicles, relocatable structures and expanding trailer bodies. We build awesome stuff and have a close-knit team of highly skilled staff. Every project provides new challenges and requires vision and passion for delivering quality across the business.

Cosby works with a global blue chip customer base across the exhibition, broadcast, hospitality, medical, defence and other industry sectors. Virtually all of our vehicles and structures are unique and are built by an expert team of engineering coachbuilders at our factory in Cosby just off M1 J21.

We have a successful apprenticeship programme and are looking to recruit three additional apprentices to join our team. You will learn fabricator welder skills as part of your college course and in the factory and will be gain other coachbuilding skills as part of your work at Cosby during your apprenticeship.

Training and work will be varied and include welding, fabrication, assembly, manufacturing and trimming. You will learn to use power tools, workshop machinery, read drawings and a variety of manual skills to a high standard of finish.

As well as learning at college you will also get to learn in the Cosby factory. The tasks you are given will mirror your ability but as you develop and prove yourself then the range and complexity of tasks will increase.

The Cosby team is hugely experienced and expect everyone to demonstrate a professional attitude and an enthusiastic approach. The team will support apprenticeships who show the right attitude by imparting their knowledge and helping you develop new skills.

This role is not suitable for someone who thinks they can hide away or simply go through the motions.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Basic math skills and mechanical aptitude
  • Interest in design and fabrication of metals
  • Good understanding of health and safety requirements in a workshop environment.
  • Ability to work accurately under pressure (to meet deadlines etc) demonstrating a logical and methodical approach to dealing with workloads.

Personal qualities

  • Self-motivated, resourceful and disciplined coupled with strong work ethic
  • Good team working skills
  • Good at detail and methodical
  • Good communication skills and outgoing
  • Physically fit

Desired qualifications

Maths and English grade 4/C GCSE or equivalent required. Science and/or Design & Technology a benefit.

Future prospects

Successful completion of the apprenticeship modules may result in the offer of a full time position as a coachbuilding engineer. This is providing the apprentice works within the company rules and guidelines which will be explained during their induction.

Things to consider

  • This is a great opportunity to work for a leading company doing interesting and varied work building unique bespoke vehicles.
  • It will however require you to enjoy mechanical work, to work hard and to engage with the team around you.
  • If you are prepared to put the effort in you will quickly become part of the Cosby team.

About the employer

Specialised vehicles builder Cosby Suppliers are bespoke UK specialist trailer manufacturers, designing and fabricating a diverse and varied range of specialty trailers and commercial vehicles for all industries and sectors. Specialist trailer manufacturers providing engineering excellence to leading international brands As leading UK specialist trailer manufacturers, engineering excellence is a constant across a vast range of bespoke vehicle conversions, from small vans and units through to articulated trailers with width or height expansion capabilities. Typical end uses include mobile offices, outside broadcast units, mobile TV screens, exhibition units, marketing suites and medical facilities. Our aim as specialist trailer manufacturers is to match our capabilities with our customer’s imagination.


Cosby Suppliers Ltd



Cambridge Road



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Leicester College


Liz Lightowler 07917628655

  • Level 3 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.

Apprenticeship standard

Metal fabricator

Level 3 (A level)

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