Individual employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have four GCSEs at grade C/4 or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science. Altermatively, they should be working at that level.
Apprentices will be expected to comply with their company's standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) dress code. Any shortfalls in safety equipment will be addressed during the first week of the course.
Completion of this apprenticeship standard will be recognised by the relevant professional institutions as the evidence required for Engineering Technician (EngTech) registration through a professional review.
For those deemed capable and ready, there is the chance to progress to higher levels of education and training.
Former DCG Welding student Adrian Andres is excited to be starting an apprenticeship with a leading nuclear industry supplier.
Adrian, who is nearly 21 and from Derby, is one of three students from his level 3 welding course to have secured a place on Cavendish Nuclear’s coveted scheme.
And he is among eight young welders from that same college cohort to become an apprentice with a Babcock company. Five former students from his group are currently on apprenticeships with Doosan Babcock in the West Midlands.
Adrian, who has always wanted to be an engineer, took level 2 Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) at the Roundhouse, before moving on to level 3 Welding at the suggestion of his lecturer Sean Smith.
He said: "I really hadn’t thought about training to be a welder before that but the more I learned, the more motivated I became. Sean wanted us all to get quality apprenticeships so we’d have a great industry career and he really fought to get us the best opportunities.”
After beginning his four-year apprenticeship initially online in early September, Adrian will, after a couple of weeks, relocate to Somerset. He will spend one year full-time at Bridgwater & Taunton College before continuing his welding training on site.
He added: “Moving away from home doesn’t worry me. I’m excited to be starting my apprenticeship and I’m going to be training with people I already know. I expect the training to be hard and it’s going to be quite nerve wracking being watched by the tutors when we’re practising our welds.”
“I’m looking forward to qualifying as a welder. One of my dreams was to be a professional basketball player – I’ve played a lot of basketball all around England – but as I’m only 5ft 7 that wasn’t going to happen! Training for a great job in engineering is something I can succeed in.”
I really hadn’t thought about training to be a welder before that but the more I learned, the more motivated I became. Sean wanted us all to get quality apprenticeships so we’d have a great industry career and he really fought to get us the best opportunities.