Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Welding and Fabrication

Welding and Fabrication

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City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding

Aimed at fabricators, pipe and plate welders wishing to develop specialist welding techniques this qualification offers individuals a chance to demonstrate and be recognised for occupational competence.

If not taken as an apprenticeship – cost:


Is this course right for me?

This apprenticeship qualification has been designed to assess and verify your understanding, knowledge and skills in being able to carry out fabrication and welding activities in the engineering construction industry.

People of any age can undertake an apprenticeship in Welding and Fabrication. Access is subject to an interview.

An Apprenticeship in Welding and Fabrication comprises of:

  • College based training one day per week
  • An NVQ qualification which is assessed in the workplace
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Qualifications unless you are exempt. We may also use other literacy and numeracy assessments, called WEST, to assess your suitability.

To apply for an apprenticeship, you must have an employer willing to employ you for the duration of your apprenticeship. Your job role must cover one or more of the maintenance pathways set out in the course information below.

Your employer will need to:

  • Be able to release you one day per week to attend college
  • Provide us with evidence of suitable insurance and evidence of your employment status
  • Be happy to discuss Health and Safety procedures with your assessor
  • Pay you the appropriate national minimum wage, including for college days


  • In college: One day per week in college over 12-18months depending on your experience.
  • In the workplace: Employers must agree to monthly planned assessor visits to observe you and to discuss your progress with a supervisor.

Places on Apprenticeship Programmes are limited and subject to capacity. An offer of employment does not guarantee an immediate place in college.

Transport: Please note that for apprenticeship courses the college day would normally end anytime between 5pm – 7pm, depending on the apprenticeship pathway you are following. As college buses leave at 4pm, you will need to ensure you have your own transport in place.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this course, please do not hesitate to contact our work-based learning team on 01437 753 205 or via email
Find out more about starting an apprenticeship on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • No formal entry requirements
  • You will be expected to have successfully completed the previous level in this subject area or similar
  • Life skills, experience and maturity are important
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Learners must be at least 16 years old

Units to be studied include:

  • Contribute to effective working relationships in engineering construction
  • Work safely and minimise risk in engineering construction
  • Identify and deal with hazards and emergencies in the engineering construction work environment
  • Shape components of fabricated steel structures by material removal using hand tools in engineering construction
  • Assemble components of steel fabrications to meet specification in engineering construction
  • Manually form components to specification in engineering construction
  • Join materials by manually controlled welding process in engineering construction

All Apprentices will undertake classes in Communication, Numeracy and Digital Literacy

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Workplace evidence
  • If taken as an apprenticeship then reviews with your assessor and employer will take place every 1-2 months and you will be expected to have developed your skills and knowledge between each review

Following successful completion of this course learners could look to progress to a higher level course at the College, seek an appropriate Apprenticeship or go directly into employment.

  • No additional equipment required

Any costs above are approximate and may change. For information on refunds and course cancellations please see the fee policy.

Are you an Employer looking to take on an Apprentice?

Find out more about apprenticeships and the advantages for you as an Employer on our Employer Training page.

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Last updated: 11/03/2024
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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