Fabrication and Welding Engineering Apprentice (Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship) LEEDS & BRADFORD BOILER CO LTD

LBBC Beechwood in Leeds is looking for an exceptional person to join their manufacturing team. Your role will be to carry out fabrication and welding processes safely in line with all LBBC policy and procedures that achieve customer specification at the required quality and on schedule. You will study practical and theory in metal technologies.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 May 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Incremental rises in salary based on age, performance and expected outcomes.

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 07:00hrs – 16:45hrs (4-DAY WEEK ONLY) Please note: This is for applicants aged 18+ for Health and safety reasons and shifts.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    03 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As a metal fabricator (plater) you will be working towards occupational competency and have:

  • High level of fabrication and welding knowledge.
  • Ability to use GTAW, SAW, GMAW, FCAW, MMA welding processes at an appropriate level for your role.
  • Ability to manufacture to pressure vessel codes including but not limited to ASME, TSG (CHINA), PD5500.
  • Ability to manufacture to defence standards.
  • Good level of knowledge of LBBC Products.
  • Ability to read and understand technical drawings.
  • Ability to read and understand weld procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with both internal and external ’customers’.
  • Ability to work unsupervised in a target driven environment and work to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to use standard measuring equipment. (circumferential tap, vernier calipers, weld gauge etc)
  • Ability to carry out pre-use checks. (Access equipment, welding sets etc)
  • Specific knowledge of LBBC Quality Manuals.  

Additionally, you will work towards having responsibilities:

  • To manufacture components to the correct specification with good workmanship achieving the budgeted hours or better.
  • To carry out in process inspections of your work ensuring required standard is achieved.
  • To complete all relevant project paper work including but not limited to route cards, welding records, time sheets ensuring full traceability is maintained.
  • To ensure good general housekeeping is maintained within the production areas.
  • To ensure all equipment and welding consumables are stored correctly.
  • To carry out pre-use checks and reporting issues to your line manager where necessary.
  • To ensure compliance is maintained to all LBBC Policies and procedures.
  • To ensure all operations are carried out in line with LBBC Quality manuals.
  • To strive to achieve and maintain a high level of technical capabilities in relation to fabrication and welding.

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

Metal Fabricator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

Year one - day release at Appris training centre Bradford:

EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Fabrication & Welding (Foundation Competence) 

Year two & three - day release at Appris training centre Bradford:

EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Fabrication & Welding (Development Knowledge)
Work based learning, mentoring & development throughout years one to four:

EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Fabricator (Development Competence)

Functional Skills in maths and English, if required
Further learning and support for End Point Assessment (EPA)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Continued full-time employment for successful apprentices.
Further job-specific skills training and/or educational development. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Passion for engineering


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 (minimum) or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade C/4 (minimum) or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade C/4 (minimum) or equivalent) Essential
Other Engineering (Fabrication/Welding/General) (Grade Pass) Desired

Things to consider

This company is located in Pudsey, so please ensure you can arrange suitable transport for the start and finish times of the job. It also includes off-the-job training at Appris in Bradford, so please make allowances for the travel.

About the employer

The division was created in 2003 to focus on the subcontract services part of the business. These services were developed at various stages of the company’s long history and in most cases to satisfy internal needs initially. The business has been owned by the Pickard family for the majority of its 140 plus year existence. Brothers Howard and Robert Pickard, who control the business at present, are the fifth generation of the Pickard family to do so. They are very proud of the company’s rich history as are the loyal, dedicated and experienced workforce. Together they strive to deliver a first-class service to customers both old and new LBBC Beechwood’s operations are based in a 40,000 sq. ft facility near Leeds in the north of England. The services on offer are fabrication, cladding, machining, dished end and pressure vessel manufacture. These manufacturing services are supported by the company’s ASME ‘U’ stamp, ISO9001 quality and Manufacture of Special Equipment PR China (Pressure Vessels) accreditations.







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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Metal fabricator

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

To apply for this apprenticeship, you have to undertake some initial assessments. Once you have completed all these, you will be offered to come to Appris (training provider) for an interview. Appris also offer you the opportunity to apply for similar positions that they have on offer for summer 2023.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 May 2023