Iron Octopus are recruiting for an Apprentice Fabricator and Welder to join and assist the growing team with the fabrication and welding in their business.

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Closing date: 09 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, including one day at college.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    19 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    27 Oct 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • MIG welding
  • General fabrication work
  • Thin to Thick gauge metal work
  • Working from drawings and plans
  • Welding and fabricating Juliet Balconies, railings, gates, bespoke metalwork

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

Level 2 General Welder (arc processes) standard

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 apprentices 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.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Team working, Punctual, Driven to learn and progress, Reliable, Ability to work responsibly


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C / 9 - 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C / 9 - 4) Essential

About the employer

Iron Octopus is a family-run metalwork company creating steel products with soul. The team have produced bespoke metalwork for a wide range of markets and clients. They produce bespoke metalwork on behalf of some of the world's leading brands and are one of the UK's biggest retailers of Juliet Balconies.







BD17 7HD

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Training provider




01535 685118

Apprenticeship standard

General welder (arc processes)

Level 2 (GCSE)

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