Fabricator/Welder Apprentice K. G. D. ENTERPRISES LIMITED

Join our well established team as a Fabricator / Welder apprentice. We offer a 4 year programme aimed at achieving a Level 3 Diploma in advanced manufacturing engineering. Our MD is an ex-apprentice and 40% of our current employees came through the apprenticeship programme in conjunction with HWGTA.

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Closing date: 29 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    1st year £6.50 per hour 2nd year £8.75 per hour 3rd year £10.00 per hour 4th year £11.44 per hour Permanent employee starting pay after successful completion of Apprenticeship, Company Sickness Scheme, Workplace Pension Scheme and Bonus Scheme

  • Working week

    08.00am – 16.30pm 30 min lunch break and 20 min mid-morning break. Days TBC.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    07 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    7 available

What you will do in your working day

Working as part of our Fabrication Team, you will:-

  • Learn to weld with several welding processes to International Industry recognised Standards such as ASME IX, BS EN ISO 9606-1 and AWS D1.1
  • Fabricate complex packages for the oil and Gas, Pharmaceutical and Nuclear and Hydrogen industries
  • Learn how to read complex engineering drawings
  • Tank Fabrication
  • Vessel Fabrication
  • Sheet metal work
  • Mechanical maintenance
  • Site installations

The training you will be getting

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

Level 3 comprises of:

Duration approximately 40-45 months.

Year 1.Block release. Typically starts with 3 months at the HWGTA Training Centre. Then 3 months in Company at KGD based at Rotherwas. Then 3 months back at the training centre then 3 months back in Company.

Year 2. Work in Company 4 days a week 08:00-4:30 with 30 minute lunch (unpaid) and 20 minute break (paid). 1 day a week is back at the Training Centre continuing the academic side of the apprenticeship.

Year 3. Continue to work in Company full time, HWGTA Assessors visit to measure/check progress.

Year 4. Continue to work in Company full time, HWGTA Assessors visit to measure/check progress.

At the end of the 4th year, and subject to completing all assignments to the requisite standard, signed off as a qualified Apprentice with a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing.

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 (through HWGTA ).

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

KGD has many opportunities for apprentices to progress within the company into other positions as experience and knowledge is gained. Any role within KGD is possible, many apprentices go on to fulfil management and Supervisor roles.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Good work ethic, Interest in Engineering, Positive attitude to learning, Adaptability, Resilience, Self Motivated, Honest, Flexibility, Ambition


GCSE or equivalent Design and Technology (Grade 4 or C above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 4 or C above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4 or C above) Desired

About the employer

KGD is a privately owned, UK based, Package Manufacturer with in-house Design, Manufacturing, Inspection, Painting and testing facilities. Established in 1982, we employ 100 people and work for UK Industrial customers and International Engineering & Oil multinationals on projects from £5,000 to over £15 million. Our projects range from small works and repairs through to multimillion turn key system builds where we carry out specialist structural fabrication, coded pipe welding, non-destructive testing (radiography, PMI, Ferrite checking, mag particle), blasting, painting, zinc or aluminium spraying, and instrumentation /electrical services. KGD have extensive experience with Oil / Petrochemical Packages with 40+ Years Package Design Life, manufactured to exacting standards in the following areas, In addition, we also work in site services, Nuclear, Pharmaceutical, Hydrogen, Renewables and more.




Netherwood Road

Rotherwas Industrial Estate



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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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