Apprentice Metal Fabricator A F SWITCHGEAR LIMITED

These roles are well suited to candidates who have an interest in fabrication and welding and are committed to beginning a career in this sector. Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship there could be the opportunity to pursue engineering, or supervisory opportunities within the company.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 8.00am - 4.30pm and 8.00am - 4.00pm on a Friday. This includes 2 x 15 minute breaks per day which are paid.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    16 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Structure, properties and characteristics of common metals
  • Looking at typical problems which may arise
  • Approved diagnostic methods
  • Importance of using approved processes
  • How roles and functions in the organisation interact
  • The need to continually review fabrication and general engineering processes in work place meetings
  • Tools and techniques for cutting, shaping, assembling and finishing materials
  • Pattern development processes, tooling and equipment and cutting and forming techniques, tooling and equipment
  • Assembly, finishing and inspection techniques
  • Factors influencing selection of forming process and principles, procedures, and testing of different joint techniques
  • Using equipment associated with manual or mechanised joining techniques including maintenance and consumables.
  • Effects of heating and cooling metals
  • How to interpret relevant engineering data and documentation
  • Attend college and produce work of a high standard
  • To adhere to the Job Pack information, including signing Job Pack forms
  • To refer to and follow the Company Personnel Instructions where appropriate
  • To remain on the job in a productive role
  • To assist the Works Supervisor, Lead Operative and mentors
  • To listen to the mentors and develop skills
  • To inform Works Supervisor, Lead Operative and mentors of any urgently required equipment
  • To inform Works Supervisor, Lead Operative and mentors of any concerns regarding parts/build/ people/equipment
  • To effectively maintain the tidiness, safety and cleanliness of the work areas
  • As required sign for the receipt of delivered goods, deliver goods to the required area, forward any signed paperwork to the Works Supervisor
  • Working closely with the Fabrications
  • Manufacturing Team, including Works Supervisor, Lead Operatives, mentors other Works Operatives as well as Fabrication Contracts Engineer and the Engineering team

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard, including Functional Skills if required
  • This programme is delivered via a day release delivery model which means that one day per week, your attendance is required at our Engineering campus, NG17. This attendance is required during term time only
  • You will work with expert assessors to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours within the profession
  • You will experience a blended learning model
  • You will gather learning evidence, journals and off-the-job records using your e-portfolio
  • At the end of the planned learning period, it will be agreed that you are ready to enter 'Gateway' and for your End Point Assessment to be arranged

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • This employer is committed to providing further opportunities at higher levels upon successful completion of this programme

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Self motivated and reliable


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4 / A*-C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4 / A*-C) Essential

About the employer

AF Switchgear is one of the UK's largest switchgear manufacturers and set the standard for LV Switchgear and Power Distribution. We have four manufacturing facilities on two sites in Nottinghamshire adjacent to Junction 28 of the M1 giving us transport links all across the country. Our modern design, administration and manufacturing facilities cover over two hectares. Chartered Engineers and dedicated Project Managers to manage every aspect of any contract. We manage every process in house from concept design with end clients and consultants through to commissioning and service.




A F Switchgear Limited

Nunn Brook Road

Sutton In Ashfield

NG17 2HU

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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


Ryan Smith

01623 900479

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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