Fabrication and Welding Apprentice Designer Metals

We require someone who is willing to learn how to become a proficient Welder and Fabricator in a manufacturing environment with an established Engineering company.

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Closing date: 03 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Monday- Friday (7.00am-3.30pm)

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    01 Mar 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Designer metals are looking for a new member of staff to join their hard working team as a Fabrication and Welding Apprentice.

  • The role will involve all aspects of the manufacturing process from using a range of hand tools and machinery, to developing the metal into an accurate shape that matches the drawing specification.
  • The job will involve all aspects of sheet metal and use of MIG and TIG weld plants.
  • This position would involve learning how to use a range of different welding and fabricating techniques in order to be able to manufacture products to customer drawings.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • An interest in engineering is essential.
  • Physically able to carry out demands of the role and lift sheet metal.
  • Willingness to be standing for long periods.
  • Some experience in working with simple tools would be desirable, as would an ability to understand technical drawings.

Personal qualities

  • Hardworking.
  • Eager to learn.
  • Willing to take instruction.
  • Confident.
  • Enthusiastic.
  • Flexible.
  • Strong team player.
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines.
  • Remaining confidential at all times.

Qualifications required

  • GCSE grades C (or equivalent) in English and Maths are essential.
  • Design & Technology and/or Engineering qualification desirable.

Future prospects

Most employers working with Leicester College are keen to offer permanent employment to a reliable, hardworking individual based on their performance throughout their Apprenticeship.

Things to consider

This job requires physical strength and endurance due to lifting and moving sheet metal and spending long periods of time standing. Working in a workshop environment can be a hot and dirty job so applicants must be willing to get their hands dirty. Interview, closing date and possible start dates are only a guideline as interviews for this position will be held on an ongoing basis, therefore the start date could alter as the vacancy will close as soon as a successful candidate is selected. Applications will only be accepted through the Apprenticeship online system not directly through the employer.

About the employer

Designer Metals specialise in bespoke point of sale design and fabrication. Trading for 10 years, we are highly experienced and specialise in point of sale sheet metal work.
We can make anything that can be drawn from industrial to shop frontage to leaflet racking, and can fulfil virtually any point of sale requirement.


Designer Metals


Arctics House

North Mills

Frog Island



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Training provider

  • The Apprenticeship will be achieved through assessments with a Leicester College Assessor in the workplace.
  • There may be some training required at one of the college campuses.

Apprenticeship - VRQ Level 2/NVQ Level 2, ERR/ Key Skills Level 2/ Comms/AppOfNumber/ICT/OLP/

Mandatory units

  • Working Safely in an Engineering Environment
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering
  • Using and Communicating Technical Information

Optional units

  • Producing Sheet metal components and assemblies
  • Producing Plate work components and assemblies
  • Preparing and using Manual MIG, MAG and other wire welding equipment

Apprenticeship framework

Engineering Manufacture

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Leicester College


Recruitment Team 0116 2295506 Apprenticeships1@leicestercollege.ac.uk

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Closing date: 03 Sep 2017