Fabricator/Welder Apprentice FOLBIGG FABRICATION LTD

An excellent opportunity working for an established metal fabrication and welding company in our busy workshop based at Rotherwas Industrial Estate, Hereford

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Closing date: 01 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Occasional overtime available (in line with working time regulations)

    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 Thursday 8.00am to 4.30pm, Fridays 8.00am to 3.30pm

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will be working with the rest of our team in our workshop and occasionally on site at our client’s premises.

  • You will experience a varied workload ranging from fabricating small items such as brackets to larger structural steel items such as platforms.  Many of the items we fabricate for our customers are bespoke which include the following to name a few:

    Tanks, pipework, handrailing, staircases and platforms, security shutters, gates and balustrades.

  • You will be trained to learn how to operate workshop machinery under supervision including our new CNC True Hole Plasma cutting machine.  Other equipment you will gain experience in operating under supervision are: powder coating and shot blasting plant, lathes, tube and pipe bending, powered rollers and press brake.


  • You will occasionally be required to attend site to carry out general line maintenance for the bottling industry and installations on construction sites.

The training you will be getting

Formal training is delivered at HWGTA, located in Hereford (HR4 9SX):

Year 1 includes 26-42 weeks off the job training to cover practical and theory aspects

Year 2 would include 1 day per week to complete EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Development Knowledge

Years 2,3&4 will be based in company developing skills in preparation for the end point assessment to gain your Fabricator/Welder Level 3 qualification.

You will receive monthly visits from your assigned Learning and Development Specialist, who will set you work, monitor your development and wellbeing, and discuss training sessions. They will also prepare you for your End Point Assessment.

Additional training for functional skills in English and Maths will be undertaken if needed.

There is also a five-day teambuilding residential trip that is held in the spring of each year offered to all apprentices on programme.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There will be internal opportunities with this role to gain further qualifications e.g. CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme), IPAF, Confined Space, Welding Coding, Forklift Training

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Mechanically minded


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 4 or C above) Essential

Things to consider

You will be expected to have your own transport to get to and from work.

About the employer

Metal fabrication company based in Hereford with over 35 years of experience in the industry.








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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


Lisa Wilkinson



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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