General Welder Apprentice Liberty Steels UK

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants study Welding in a practical and hands on environment at a National award winning apprenticeship employer in the Sheffield and Rotherham area.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The current rates for our engineering apprenticeships are: Year 1 - £12,148 - Year 2 - £16,323 (aged 21 + will receive 3rd year rate) - Year 3 - £TBC. If required a shift premium will be paid on top of these rates

  • Working week

    Initially Monday to Friday at the training centre and then moving to shift work with days and times to be agreed over a 7 day period.

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

General Welders Programme


Year 1:

Our Apprentices will study with Sheffield College at our onsite engineering training centre based at our Stocksbridge site.

As a Speciality Steels Fabrication & welding apprentice you will achieve:

  • Training to a competent standard on welding equipment including MMA/MIG and oxygen fuel burning
  • Undertake welding and fabrication activities to create test pieces meeting international standards and surface inspections.
  • Study towards the level 2 certificate required for the apprenticeship standard
  • Preparation including all Health & Safety training ready for transition into the Structural and Fabrication Departments

Year 2:

As a 2nd year Apprentice you will move onto site attachments which may also include shifts within the Structural engineering department, which also will include the Rotherham, Stocksbridge & Brinsworth sites where you will:

  • Prepare for your end point assessment
  • Undertake Coded Welding Assessments
  • Work along side our expert structural and welding engineers to gain experience in order to develop your skills in this field of engineering

Year 3:

In the final year of your apprenticeship you will:

  • Continue to work along side our expert fabrication and welding engineers to gain further experience and progress to more complex tasks and projects within the structural and fabrication departments
  • Complete your end point assessment
  • Undertake a practical trade test and interview to confirm that you meet Speciality Steels high

The training you will be getting

  • General Welding (ARC processes) Level 2 Apprnticeship Standard - delivered at Stocksbridge Training Centre

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • You can expect to start your career as a team member in a specific department. After that the next step would be to become a Craft Team Member, then onto a Team Leader. After that, there are numerous career paths that you could follow
  • You could become a Maintenance Technician, Engineerand Senior Engineer. Alternatively you might aim to be a Plant Engineer, Works Engineer and Director of Engineering. Alternatively, you might choose to move around different specialisms ‐ from production planning to safety

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent 3 subjects including English and Maths (Grade D/3 or above) Essential

Things to consider

Your apprenticeship at Stocksbridge or Rotherham, will include time at college and a training programme that guarantees variety and hands on work. It’s an ideal blend of classroom and ‘on-the-job’ training. Benefits also include: • 35 days holiday per year running April to March (pro rata for those starting in September) • Up to a combined 16% pension contribution • Access to Free Parking • Retail Discount Scheme • Career Development and Training • Employee Assistance Programme • Excellent opportunity to join a friendly and supportive team in a rapidly expanding company with exciting development opportunities All apprenticeships are a three year fixed contract, which is sufficient time to complete your programme before being considered for a suitable substantive position.

About the employer

LIBERTY Steel UK is the third largest steel manufacturer in the country, with a footprint that covers nine sites across England, Scotland and Wales. It employs over 2,000 people and has an annual steel rolling capacity approaching three million tonnes. With steelmaking heritage dating back to 1842, LIBERTY Steel’s sites in the UK have a wealth of expertise thanks to our team of metallurgists, steelmakers, engineers and technicians. Our capabilities range from electric arc, vacuum induction melting, mill processing and value added services. The business manufactures and distributes products supplied mainly into the aerospace, construction, automotive, oil and gas and energy industries domestically and overseas to over 60 countries. The UK business sits within LIBERTY Steel Group, which is the GFG Alliance’s global steel manufacturing arm. With a total rolling capacity exceeding 18 million tonnes it is one of the top 10 producers globally, excluding China. Liberty Steel UK is playing an active role in meeting the group’s global ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030. Its Speciality Steels business in Rotherham uses an electric arc furnace – a less carbon-intensive form of producing steel than blast furnace production – to melt scrap steel for rolling into downstream products for a range of high-specification industries including oil & gas and aerospace. The UK business also has plans to create a GREENSTEEL hub at its Newport site using renewable energy from sister company SIMEC Atlantis’ Uskmouth biomass plant to power a new electric arc furnace.


Liberty Steels UK


7 Fox Valley Way



S36 2JA

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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


Stewart Parsisson

Apprenticeship standard

General welder (arc processes)

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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