Metal Fabricator Apprentice LEENGATE ENG CO LTD

A great opportunity to join a team of engineering professionals in their field of expertise. Working alongside the company engineers, the successful applicant will benefit from their extensive experience in this industry.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    08:00hrs to 12:00hrs or 12:30hrs to 16:30hrs, Monday to Friday.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 May 2024

  • Date posted

    27 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Read and understand drawings, measure, mark out dimensions, form material using hand tools and machines, assemble using rivets, bolts and fixings, use grinding tools to achieve required material finish. Learn the procedures involved with Thermal Joining Processes (TIG, MIG spot welding) using a range of appropriate techniques and perform these as required by the general fabrications Specifications. Shadowing and working alongside an experienced member of the Fabrication team to learn processes such as;

  • Cutting
  • Grinding
  • Drilling
  • Tack Welding
  • MIG Welding

Welding duties:

  • Use and maintenance of machine tools.
  • Welding, predominately MIG, TIG and Spot Welding will be taught.
  • Fabrication of simple and complex components.
  • Fabrication of large products.
  • Other basic engineering principles.

Fabrication duties, including:

  • Able to review the structure, properties and characteristics of common metals.
  • 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 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 Work place mentors.
  • To listen to the Work place 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 Level 2 if required. Qualifications include:

  • Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

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

  • For the right candidate there may be the opportunity to progress on to full time employment.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working


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

About the employer

Leengate Engineering provides full-service sheet metal fabrication from our state of the art site in Nottingham, close to the heart of the UK. We pride ourselves on offering end to end solutions to our clients and are able to work from initial sketches to produce models and drawings to aid their design process. Clients are able to draw on our considerable knowledge and experience in fabrication while they develop their designs and, once complete, we turn those designs into a reality as we manufacture, finish, assemble, package and deliver the final product. We have expert, time-served personnel working in every aspect of the process, from designers using cutting edge software to engineers who have been working hands on with sheet metal for up to 40 years. Our ethos is to deliver excellence by combining the very best of the traditional engineering experience with a commitment to using the latest technology and newest techniques. Despite the fact that we can point to the very best equipment and options such as 24 hour automated facilities, we always maintain that our very best asset is the people who work for us. Whether clients come to us for the duration of a project or to have a component shot blasted, finished and powder coated, they know that they’ll be working with experts in the field and, whether manufacturing a medium or large run batch, we deliver exactly what the client wants, exactly when they need it. We’re also equally happy delivering single solutions in areas such as painting, designing and welding. Clients in sectors as varied as automotive, aviation, electronic metal fabrication, defence, rail and retail come to us time and time again because they know they can rely on the service we provide and the high quality of our finished products.








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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



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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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