The successful Apprentice will be actively and enthusiastically engaged in all activities, to ensure that you learn the practical skills, underpinning knowledge and understanding required to qualify as a Welder. Whilst ensuring health and safety procedures are followed throughout.

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

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Closing date: 24 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Year One - £7.40 per hour. Hourly rate will increase with each completed year of the apprenticeship

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 08.00 - 16.30 and Friday, 08.00 - 16.30

    Total hours per week: 38.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    09 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    15 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To be dependable and responsible, (punctual and reliable)
  • Learn and follow all health and safety procedures required to keep yourself and others safe
  • Familiarise yourself with all equipment; learning how to conduct pre-user checks and report all defects
  • Learn how to safely use all plant and equipment
  • Positively commit with mentor, training officers, supervisor and HR to complete all elements of the training programme in a timely manner
  • Attend full time, block release and/or day release in college, work diligently to complete, modules, units and elements of theoretical learning and underpinning knowledge in a timely manner
  • Following an initial period of ‘Basic Engineering Skills Training’,
  • Become proficient in Welding using various procedures on all joint configurations, in all positions, meeting specific standards. Assist in the preparation and assembly of components prior to Welding
  • Follow instructions and advice of supervisors; make a positive contribution in the production process
  • Successfully complete trade and coding qualification tests if required to meet Company needs, classification society requirements and specifications
  • Conduct yourself in a professional manner in all contacts with course personnel, clients, inspectors, supervisors, maintaining the excellent reputation of the company

The training you will be getting

  • Plate Welder Level 3 Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • 1 year full time - The Engineering College, remaining time day release (one day at TEC and 4 at Cammell Lairds)
  • On the job training with support of mentors

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Technical Office
  • Quality Assurance
  • Management
  • Supervisory roles

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

• Show ability to complete the programme of training for a level 3 advanced apprenticeship • Able to complete welding codes, ISO 9606, AWS D1.1, ASME IX as required by organisation • A pride in their work • A co-operative attitude/behaviour • Ability to work as part of a team or with autonomy, with consideration of diversity • A keen interest in engineering • Analytical and problem solving skills • Good communication skills • Independent learner • Determination to complete a task • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

About the employer

Known across the globe, the company was founded by Scottish entrepreneurs William Laird and his son John and has been operating since 1828s. Since its inception, Cammell Laird has built more than 1,350 ships including many famous and innovative vessels. Cammell Laird has been at the forefront of UK shipbuilding and ship repair for more than 120 years. As such, it has played a pivotal role in supporting the Wirral community, sustaining vital jobs and creating a lifeline for the Wirral economy.




Cammell Laird Shipyard

Campbeltown Road


CH41 9BP

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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


Stephanie Dilworth


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

Using the link provided this will take you to the application page where you will be able to view videos of what your future chosen trade entails prior to completing your application. These videos will give you more of an insight into the trade you are applying for. Please note we require you to pick your first and second preferred trades only.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 24 May 2024