Becoming a metal fabricator apprentice is a great way to enter the field and gain hands-on experience while learning the necessary skills. Develop basic skills in mathematics, as metal fabrication often involves precise measurements and calculations. Familiarise yourself with basic hand tools, power tools, and safety protocols.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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

    Monday - Thursday: 7:15am - 4:15pm / Friday 7.15am - 12:15pm (day release TBC)

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    09 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Once accepted into an apprenticeship program, you will receive on-the-job training. This involves working under the supervision of experienced metal fabricators.

Successfully completing the apprenticeship program will qualify you as a skilled metal fabricator, ready for entry-level positions in the field.

Ability to read drawings / specifications. Working to customer specifications. Trim, file, grind, deburr, buff or smooth surfaces, seams or joints of assembled parts, using hand tools or portable power tools. Shape metal material over blocks or other forms, using hand tools. Lay out, measure and mark dimensions and reference lines on material in accordance with the drawing or template, using calculators, scribes, dividers, squares and rulers. Fabricate or alter parts using shears, hammers, punches or drills. Safe use of hand tools. Safe use of guillotine, band saw and pedestal drills. Ability to cut materials to size. Completion of job cards. Use of general measuring equipment. General manual handling and moving materials safely. Safe handling of components, jigs and fixtures. Maintain equipment, making repairs or modifications when necessary. Working on own initiative. Operate heavy machinery.

The training you will be getting

Level 2 Engineering Operative Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Diploma in engineering operations (skills)
  • Certificate or Diploma in engineering operations (knowledge)
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths up to Level 2 as required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Progression to full-time employment and possible progression to a higher level apprenticeship/further training as required for the right candidate.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Communication skills, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Organisation skills, Patience, Problem solving skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent Minimum of 4 GCSEs including English and Maths (Grade Pass at grade 2 / D or above) Essential

Things to consider

We can close this vacancy earlier as required. As part of the application process, you will be required to apply and book an academic interview with Bournemouth and Poole College. For course information

About the employer

Nasmyth is a cohesive group of engineering businesses that consistently provides high quality services and products. Nasmyth offers world class design, manufacturing assembly and product support services across the fields of precision mechanical and electro-mechanical engineering.




78 - 82 Cobham Road

Ferndown Industrial Estate

BH21 7RW

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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

Engineering operative

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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