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. You will take part in sheet metal work, working independently and as part of a team ensuring you are complying with health and safety regulations.

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Closing date: 30 Jul 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 7.30am - 4.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    04 Apr 2023

  • 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?

We (Keighley College) will support and coach the learner through the apprenticeship standard. We will carry out both curriculum and pastoral care. We will carry out the skills, development and workshop practices in days off site. We will oversee the teaching and learning around the knowledge, behaviours and skills elements of the qualifications, outlined below. We will manage the apprentices OneFile account ensuring targets, milestones and deadlines achieved.

Mode of delivery: To attend 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. You will be completing the Level 2 General Welder Standard.

There will be a mandatory three-part holisitic 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 their 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, Strong communication, Workshop experience a bonus, Basic tool operation


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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