Sheet Metal Worker/Welder Apprentice DARCHEM ENGINEERING LIMITED

We are seeking self motivated and hard working individuals to join Darchem Engineering’s 4 year apprenticeship program. The successful applicants will join a market leader in the design and manufacture of a wide range of engineered products.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £12,313.60 to £22,010.56

    Annual £12,805.30 (£6.66 per hour), this is also subject to an annual increase.

    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

    During the 1st year you will work to the Hartlepool College timetable. This will typically 9am to 5pm. However whilst on Site at Darchem your working hours will be Monday- Thursday 7.30am - 4.15pm and Friday 7.30am - 11.30am.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    21 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    8 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Using and interpreting engineering drawing            
  • Complying with statutory regulations
  • Working efficiently and effectivel
  • Marking out
  • Cutting sheet metal  
  • Forming sheet metal
  • Producing sheet metal assemblies 
  • Developing and marking out templates
  • Resistance spot welding 
  • TIG Welding

The training you will be getting

The 1st year of the apprenticeship programme will be spent full-time at Hartlepool College completing extensive job realated training.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th year will involve day release at Hartlepool College in order to complete a level 3 qualification in Metal Fabrication, you may also have the opportunity to progress on to a HNC qualification.

Throughout the Apprenticeship you will complete extensive on and off the job training as well as having the opportunity to partake in further training and skills development.

As an Apprentice Sheet Metal Worker/Welder you will display the ability to work on own initiative and the ability to learn new skills. Your duties will include all areas of the fabrication and manufacture of the various parts for use in the Aerospace, Nuclear, Thermal Insulation or Automotive industries.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Your progress through the apprenticeship will be monitored and support given to further develop your skills. Once the apprenticeship is successfully complete you will be a fully qualified craftsperson with skills in sheet metal work and welding.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4+) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 4+) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4+) Essential

About the employer

Darchem Engineering is a world class engineering company providing products and services primarily to meet the needs of its customers for engineered solutions to high temperature / thermal engineering problems. From its inception in 1954 Darchem provides specialist expertise and responsiveness by grouping its employees within designated business units that are strategically organised to service customers and markets with maximum efficiency.




Ironmasters Way


Stockton on Tees

TS21 1LB

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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

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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