Apprentice Metal Fabricator W D CLOSE AND SONS LIMITED

WD Close are looking for fabricator apprentices to start February 2024. You will be fabricating a varying range of products including large structural sub-assemblies for MOD submarines. Fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to earn a salary and gain a level 3 qualification.

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Closing date: 05 Mar 2024

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 - Thursday, 07.30 - 15.50 and Friday, 07.30 - 12.30. Total hours per week: 37.00

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    19 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    23 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    6 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Fabricate a varying range of products and materials to the correct standard operating procedure (SOP)
  • Highlight any issues to the Team Leader which may affect the fabrication of these products
  • Check all relevant information to ensure correct drawings, material have been issued prior to the manufacture of components
  • Sign off relevant sections on completion of operations
  • Report any non-conforming components to the section supervisor in a timely manner
  • Ensure that the work area is kept clean and appropriate safety equipment is worn at all times
  • Ensure appropriate lifting equipment is used and assistance is sought when handling heavy objects
  • Ensure good work practices are adopted and carried out in line with company procedures
  • Participate in and support improvement activities in your area as required
  • Adhere to all Health & Safety policies and procedures and risk assessments
  • Attend team briefings and participate as required
  • Any other duties as reasonably requested by your Line Manager, Production Manager(s) or a member of the Senior Management team

The training you will be getting

  • Practical training in TDR training workshops for 10 weeks
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • End Point Assessment

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • A permanent position may be available following successful completion of the apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English Language or English Literature (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Essential

About the employer

Established in 1983 by William (Bill) Dixon Close and based in historic Wallsend – an area synonymous with shipbuilding and heavy industry – WD Close & Sons Ltd has become one of the most respected and well-known fabrication businesses in the North East. WD Close has grown to provide a complete service in the supply of fabrication solutions to various sectors, including oil and gas, sub sea, and renewable energy, as well as working with the Ministry of Defence and many general engineering businesses throughout the UK.




Carville Works

Hadrian Road


NE28 6HF

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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

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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