We are seeking motivated and hard-working individuals to join our team as a Welding Apprentice. Successful applicants will gain the opportunity to be trained in all aspects of fabrication. On completion you will have the opportunity to progress as a welder. Current salary for a welder being £40,111 (plus overtime).

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 10 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Initial salary is based on fulltime attendance at Hartlepool College which shall commence Sept 24 with transfer to Company Training Academy during the course of the 1st Quarter of 2025. Initial incremental increase to £22,308 thereafter.

  • Working week

    Initially apprentices shall attend Hartlepool college of further education adhering to college opening hours. Typically 09.00 - 1700. On transfer to the Company's Training Academy hours of work shall be 07.00 - 15.00, Monday- Friday.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    6 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Adhering to all Company Health, Safety and Quality Policies and Procedures.
  • Reading and understanding Weld Procedures relevant to the task.
  • Ensuring all Welds are within the limits of the verified procedure.
  • Cleaning the Weld, ready for inspection.
  • Maintaining the Housekeeping of your working area.
  • Using overhead Cranes and Mobile Elevated Platforms where trained to do so.

The training you will be getting

  • The apprentice will attend Hartlepool College of Further Education.
  • Dependent upon entry level initially fulltime and thereafter day release. 
  • During the course of the 1st quarter 2025 apprentices shall transfer to the company's Training Academy whereby they will complete a further 14 week programme before being integrated into the workforce.
  • Progress shall be monitored thereafter and support given to further develop their skills.
  • Successful completion of this programme will lead to a Level 3 Apprenticeship qualification under the Plate Welder Standard.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

While working towards completion of their apprenticeship the employee will be contributing to large scale complex marine fabrication structure. The end goal on completion of apprenticeship being employment as a welder. Other career paths may be available beyond depending on business needs and apprentice development path.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

This apprenticeship is an ideal opportunity for those enjoying working with their hands, physically active and capable as working as part of a team. The apprentice will work on complex marine fabrications working to very precise specifications so attention to detail is essential.

About the employer

Established in 1994, Wilton have achieved unparalleled success specialising in designing, manufacturing, coating and loading out large complicated structures for the Offshore Oil & Gas, Subsea, Marine and Offshore Wind Industries. We’re based adjacent to the River Tees having some of the largest construction halls in the UK which are supported with equally impressive loadout capabilities giving rise to the fact that Wilton is the go to company for “World Class” fabrications.




Wilton Group Head Office

Port Clarence Offshore Base

Port Clarence Road





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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

Plate welder

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

Employer's Application Instructions

Applicants should submit cv and covering letter outlining why they are interested in a career in fabrication and what attributes they feel they have which would make them a good candidate for the role.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 10 May 2024