Do you want to learn an excellent trade at one of the biggest employers on the River Tyne? Are you looking for an apprenticeship after GCSEs? Are you considering an alternative to 6th form or college? Are you looking for a change in career? Various start dates of April and May.

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Closing date: 01 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 7.00am - 3.30pm and Friday, 7.00am - 3.00pm

    Total hours per week: 38.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    07 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    10 available

What you will do in your working day

The Apprentice Plater will be taught the following:

  • Tack welding
  • Cutting steel using oxy Acetylene equipment
  • Reading of and understanding of engineering drawings
  • ability to measure, mark off items of steel to reflect what drawing requires
  • Fabrication of assemblies to reflect what drawing requires
  • Using a variety of mechanical grinders. 5” 7” & 9”
  • Drilling using a mixture of Rota broach and pedestal drills
  • Using a mechanical “Quickie” burner and tubular burner
  • Have fully competency in usage of on site overhead cranes
  • Using a variety of measuring tools including dumpy levels and total station
  • Fork truck licence
  • Use of cherry picker or scissor lift if qualified
  • Basic rigging using pull lifts and chain blocks
  • Work at height
  • Full use of all PPE Boots/overalls/glasses/ear defenders/hard hat/air fed mask and gloves

Examples of Standard Job Functions

  • Demonstrate familiarity of knowledge of and compliance to safety practices, all Company procedures, technical standards and method statements to ensure implementation of best practise.
  • Be familiar with and apply all relevant risk assessments for the work in hand.
  • To conduct any other reasonable request from a Foreman/Supervisor.
  • Maintain a clean working environment.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard
  • Btec Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Diploma
  • End Point Assessment.
  • 5 weeks welding training in training school
  • 5 weeks hand fitting and assembly training in training school

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice will be a timeserved Fabricator (plater)
  • The training expereince at Smulders will proved the candidate with excellent fabrication skills

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent maths and English (Grade grade 4 minimum) Essential

Things to consider

This role may involve working out doors, working at heights and in confined spaces.

About the employer

In 2016, Smulders opened a new production facility in Newcastle upon Tyne. This facility is mostly used for the production and assembly of foundations and substations for offshore wind farms. Location Smulders Projects UK is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England. The yard has an ideal location next to the Tyne with a direct access to the North Sea. The yard has 3 big construction areas with 3 load-out quays. Production facilities The yard in Newcastle covers 32 ha and has a covered production surface of 35,000 m², an open fabrication and assembly surface of 104,000 m². This yard is equipped with a set of gantry cranes (2 x 600 tons) and a large ring crane (1,600 tons). The yard is equipped such that it can handle structures that due to size and weight exceed the capacities of the Hoboken yard. Smulders Projects UK has a load-out capacity of 13,000 tons.




Hadrian Yard

Hadrian Way


NE28 6HL

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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

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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