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Butterfield of Skipton are recruiting for an Apprentice Welder/Fabricator to join and assist the growing team with the fabrication and welding in their business.

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Closing date: 09 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £5 P/H to start with. After 6 months this will be reviewed and adjusted accordingly based on ability, commitment, and other matters listed in the candidate role.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 7.30am - 4.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    19 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    02 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Candidate must show good time keeping and be punctual ready to start work on time
  • Participate in on-the-job training provided by line manager/ team leader/ team members
  • Work independently (under supervision) and as part of a team as and when required
  • Ensure all work is completed on time and effectively whilst adhering to scheduled times to maintain efficiency
  • Keep work areas clean and tidy, organised and safe from hazards.
  • Other reasonable responsibilities as required by management
  • Any other duties including but not limited to Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental matters as required
  • Sheet metal work

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

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 & 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 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 apprentice's knowledge relevant to his/her role and secondly, to assess if the apprentices occupational behaviours meet the requirements specified in the apprenticeship standard

Part 3 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
  • 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

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Potential full-time job upon completion of the apprenticeship.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity for training and career development along with a very attractive rate of pay linked to ability and experience and not age.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Punctuality, Ability to work responsibly, Physical dexterity, Driven to learn and progress, Basic hand tool operation, Strong communication, Workshop experience a bonus


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

All relevant PPE, H&S training and tools supplied where necessary. A broad range of skills gained throughout the sector. Enhanced workplace pension scheme.

About the employer

Established in 1965, Butterfield of Skipton are a family run company. Over the years they have built a reputable company throughout the UK and worldwide and specialise in structural steel fabrications, architectural steelwork and stainless steel pipe fittings fabrication.




Butterfield House

Thwaites Lane


BD21 4LJ

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Training provider



Saffron Khan

Apprenticeship standard

General welder (arc processes)

Level 2 (GCSE)

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