This City & Guilds course is delivered at our purpose-built workshop in Ilkeston. The course will provide you with the basic concepts and skills in welding. You will learn various methods of MIG welding processes.
The course takes 16 weeks to complete in three-hour sessions. It leads seamlessly to the Level 2 Welding Awareness course that is also delivered at Ilkeston throughout the year.
Due to the potential risk from welding fume and under the Health and Safety Executive guidance, it is now going to be compulsory to wear a protective respiratory mask during all welding operations. All students must undergo a FIT test to make sure the mask seals to the face. A clean shaven face is a must for the mask to seal. Any students wishing to participate in welding must be clean shaven and pass the face FIT test.
There are no minimum entry requirements for the course. Demand is high, however, and we strongly recommend that you contact the course leader before enrolling to avoid any disappointment.
You will develop basic practical knowledge and skills in standard welding techniques - all undertaken in our purpose-built welding facility.
The course consists of continuous assessments over five assignments as well as a final 20-question test from the awarding body.
You will need safety equipment – overalls and boots – in line with College requirements.
You can advance to the Level 2 MIG Welding Awareness course.
You can progress your career in the wide range of roles which require welding.
Learning on the job from experienced maintenance engineers is one of the best aspects of being an apprentice for 18-year-old Ryan Pickering.
Ryan, who has always enjoyed practical subjects, is currently on a Derby College level 3 engineering apprenticeship with food company Moy Park in Ashbourne.
He said: “It’s great. I’m really liking it. The people are so friendly and there’s such a lot to learn. I’m involved in helping maintain the poultry processing machinery. What I enjoy most is watching the experienced maintenance engineers when there’s a problem with a machine. I like seeing how they approach the issue; what they do to fix it and which tools they use.”
Ryan, previously a full-time electrical then engineering student at Derby College, applied for the opportunity after seeing it on the Gov.UK apprenticeships website.
He added: “I’m on day release at the Roundhouse but, sadly, because of the lockdown we’re currently unable to go into college. Our lecturers keep in touch but learning remotely just isn’t the same. It’s a shame but at least I’m still working and still learning every day. The facilities and equipment at college are great. I like the practical side and doing day release is a chance to be with other people my own age.”
Ryan, who lives in Ashbourne, said he would definitely recommend an apprenticeship at Moy Park and looks forward to completing his on-site training and going back to college when day release resumes.
It’s great. I’m really liking it. The people are so friendly and there’s such a lot to learn. I’m involved in helping maintain the poultry processing machinery. What I enjoy most is watching the experienced maintenance engineers when there’s a problem with a machine. I like seeing how they approach the issue; what they do to fix it and which tools they use.