Dearneside Fabrications are looking for a Plate Welder Apprentice to complete a Level 3 apprenticeship to join their team. Manually weld plates and structural components to high standards of quality. We compliment training with the AMRC Training Centre with their learning and applying this to our operation.

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

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Closing date: 03 Jul 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday – Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    20 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    12 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The first year ran alongside the training block from the AMRC Training Centre and we compliment this training with learning how to apply this to our operation. Working with the other apprentices, forming a bond with the fellow apprentices and the mentor. They will be projects to work on and involvement in finished items.

The second year is when you will start start working under your own initiative with help from the mentor in producing finished items from drawings and weld
processes. Ensuring that the quality standards are correct. Understanding the processes involved and the equipment involved also. Health and Safety precautions and the impact when things are done incorrectly.

The third year you will have less interaction with the mentor on completing items. However that contact will still remain. Dealing directly with contracts departments regarding work completion and finishing. You will also work with all finished, mild steel and stainless steel.

Role & responsibilities:

  • Welding in both mild steel and stainless, balustrades, staircases and balconies
  • Carry out fabrication of certain items and remedial welding and dressing as and when required
  • Following our weld procedures and ensuring the welding requirements on the drawings are met
  • Inspecting their welds after the work is completed to ensure that they are correct and comply with our procedures
  • Ensuring their equipment is working correctly, that it is fit and safe to use

The fabrication is a noisy environment. PPE is worn all day as there are over head cranes operating. The welding department is very busy and the quality of workmanship is high. All operatives are responsible for the quality of work they output.

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

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

You will study on a Level 3 Plate Welder standard on a Plate Welder pathway.  On completion of this, you will gain a qualification in Engineering at Advanced Level 3 standard.

During the first year of the apprenticeship, your learning will take place at the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre based at Catcliffe, Rotherham, for an initial block of study on a full-time basis. After this, you will attend the Training Centre for one day a week for knowledge study.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Completion of the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre apprenticeships are nationally recognised qualifications which are acknowledged and respected by employers across the world. These can open the door to many more opportunities, such as Engineering Management and Project Engineering positions across a range of sectors worldwide.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths Higher Paper (Grade 4 or above) Essential

About the employer

The company was set up in 1995 and is still family owned. A leader in the architectural metalwork industry, we started employing apprentices 12 years ago with the aim to ensure we had continuity in our workforce. We have been nominated twice in AMRC's apprentice of the year awards, winning once in our category. The apprentice works in part of an apprenticeship team, with our mentor Roger. The investment in time and training means we turn our apprentices into successful skilled members of staff.




Trafalgar Works Wallace Road Parkwood Springs


S3 9SR

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Training provider



Recruitment Team

Apprenticeship standard

Plate welder

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please follow the link to apply on the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre website and complete an application form. Once this has been received, it will be reviewed, and you will receive an email response with the next steps of the application process. Please note the AMRC Training Centre reserves the right to close company vacancies, should they get filled, ahead of the published closing date.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 03 Jul 2023