Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprentice RHH FRANKS LIMITED

Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA) is supporting RHH Franks Ltd to recruit a L3 Metal Fabricator Apprentice to join their Engineering team and develop within the organisation. Main tasks / focus is training in fabrication and welding as well as gaining extensive knowledge of engineering materials and standards used in the aerospace sector.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 7.45am - 4.15pm and Friday 7.45am - 12.45pm (3.00pm whilst at SETA).

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    14 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Apprentices working at RHH Franks Ltd will be working as part of the team, working to complete the requirements of the Metal Fabricator Standard. To ensure you gain the experience you will:

  • Learn how to read engineering drawings
  • Learn how to measure, mark out and produce sheet metal components and assemblies to precision tolerances
  • Learn to do TIG welding
  • Learn how to maintain workshop equipment and keep it in good repair
  • Observe, learn and understand a wide range of engineering skills and processes
  • Able to demonstrate these skills and processes by working independently or with a team to undertake tasks and increase overall contribution to the department
  • Maintaining a logbook over the duration of the apprenticeship period. Recording training, projects that have been undertaken and skills learnt / learned

The training you will be getting

Apprentices will undertake a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard programme. This will include a full-time period of practical workshop based ‘off-the-job’ training at SETA’s Apprenticeship Centre in Southampton.

You will also begin a knowledge qualification (depending on your prior attainments) where you will be required to attend SETA one day a week over two academic years.

After your initial training at SETA, you will be with your employer working on developing your skills, ultimately leading to your End Point Assessment.

SETA will make regular visits during this period of time to ensure you will covering all the required aspects of the Standard, which includes a practical element, a theory test and a professional discussion, regarding the work achieved with your employer.

These final tests are administered by an independent assessment organisation and take place in the last six months of the apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Further job specific training and development will be provided as required by the role. There may also be other opportunities to contribute to overall success of the business by taking on additional roles and responsibilities.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Team working, Strong work ethic, Good time keeping, Motivated


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

Things to consider

To be able to travel to and from SETA training (based in Millbrook, Southampton) and to the workplace (New Milton)

About the employer

RHH Franks was established in 1961 and is a family run business. We deliver subcontract services to the aerospace industry, and we specialise in adhering to the tightest tolerances and specifications demanded by our customers. The business has grown to supply turnkey manufacturing solutions across a range of industries from complex precision components, simple assemblies to complete part constructions.






BH25 6SA

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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA)



Apprenticeship standard

Metal fabricator

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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