Apprentice Metal Fabricator S.C.W.S. LIMITED

SCWS are seeking Fabrication & Welding Apprentices to learn skills as a Plater/Welder and all skills in the fabrication of steel in a structural steelwork company.

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Closing date: 31 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Thursday 7.30am to 4.00pm Friday 7.30am to 3.00pm 30-minute lunch each day giving 39 hour week.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    39 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    24 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

Daily tasks will include: 

  • Plater/Welder:
  • Training in MIG and TIG welding
  • Assembly of parts into building elements in accordance with drawings
  • Maintenance of production plant
  • Training in use of all fabrication plant  

You will report to the Works Manager

The training you will be getting

The successful applicant will attend day release at the College of West Anglia Kings Lynn campus over a period of 3 years to achieve the knowledge, skills and behavior as identified in the Metal Fabricator standard and assessment plan.

 The apprentice will also complete a portfolio of evidence to support this.


Within 3 months of completing the required competences, necessary practical skills, and knowledge, they will be supported by the college and the employer to complete the end point assessment.

The mandatory qualification for this will be an EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Opportunities to further a career in any of our specialisms are dependent on the competencies shown.  

Opportunities exist to move throughout our workshop and maintenance departments and eventually into the workshop management.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Listen & follow instructions, Ask for help when required, Enthusiasm, Flexibility


GCSE or equivalent 2 other subjects (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English, maths and science (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential

Things to consider

This apprenticeship is based in a large workshop, the work can be a physically demanding and applicants should be sure that they are happy to work in this environment. Applicants should be able to commute both to our Dereham site and college and be able to prove that their transport arrangements allow them to be on site at the necessary time. Wages paid will be above the minimum wage for Apprenticeship to be discussed at interview.

About the employer

One of Dereham’s largest employers, SCWS has been providing high quality steel fabrication across the UK for over 50 years. Our workshop can produce up to 300 tonnes of steel per week.




Trafalgar House

Rash's Green


NR19 1JG

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Training provider


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


Mrs Emma Watson


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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