The city of Derby and the surrounding area is world renowned for its engineering and manufacturing industry and is populated with world-leading employers and their high quality supply chains.
The engineering sector is also still growing at a considerable rate, particularly with the development of new technologies which in turn has led to skill shortages and demand for high performing engineers.
As part of both the engineering and construction sectors, careers in welding have been identified as an area with a significant skill shortage, particularly in the high-end fields of nuclear, rail, pipeline, oil and gas industries.
Using an industry-designed qualification, the one-year Level 3 Diploma in Welding Practices has been created to support your development as a welder. With a successful outcome, it will lead to a highly rewarding and well paid career, with the potential to be recruited by the giants of the welding industry.
The entry requirements for this course mandate a previous Level 2 qualification/unit in Welding. The following GCSE grades will also be needed:
In addition to this, all applicants will be requested to perform a welding assessment to ensure the core Level 2 welding skills have been achieved to a satisfactory standard.
The course has been designed to meet the latest high-level industry standards within the welding sector. The units therefore must meet precise skills and standards to enable you to be considered for employment in this thriving area. The mandatory units and skills covered in this course are:
One additional unit (A or B) must also be completed to achieve this qualification. It will be selected from the units below depending upon the pathway outcome for the individual student:
Although not part of the qualification, a further Welding Certificate (Coded Welding) that meets international standards will be encouraged as an option for students who can achieve the criteria for these high-level industry skills.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods including:
In addition to regular writing materials and a scientific calculator, College uniform and welding specific PPE will need to be purchased for selected activities.
On successful achievement of the Advanced Industry Welding Practices and - subject to employment in a qualifying role - an apprenticeship in High Integrity Pipe Welding or Fabrication and Welding would be possible. This qualification can be used as credits/evidence towards the apprenticeship knowledge elements.
The previously mentioned possibility of the additional international Coded Welding certificate will also substantially increase your chances of gaining an apprenticeship in this sector.
Teenager Hitomi Ferguson is following in her father’s footsteps as she gains crucial engineering skills through Derby College.
The 18-year-old from Ilkeston is working on Derby College’s Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) NVQ Level 2 course at the Roundhouse – having previously completed a course in engineering and technology at the Ilkeston site.
She particularly loves the hands on work of welding, and In the long term hopes to gain an apprenticeship as the building block to her future career.
Hitomi was brought up in Sweden and only came to Derbyshire at GCSE age when her dad’s Rolls-Royce engineering job brought him to the UK.
The Roundhouse is brilliant – it has everything you need. In the long term I’m hoping to get onto an apprenticeship which hopefully could lead to the start of a good career.