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Level 2 General Welder

Welding is a way to make high strength joints between two or more parts. General Welders use high electrical energy to form an arc. Manual dexterity is essential in controlling the arc, which is used to melt metals, allowing them to fuse together to form a structurally sound weld.

Welding is used extensively and in almost every sector of industry. There is a high demand for skilled General Welders in areas such as: automotive, marine, transport, general fabrication, construction and many more. General Welders produce items like components for cars; ships; rail vehicles; simple metallic containers; and steelwork for bridges, buildings and gantries. Welding is a safety critical occupation and every welder takes responsibility for the quality and accuracy of their work. General Welders are required to produce joints that satisfy basic quality standards in order to ensure that the finished products function correctly, contributing to the safety of all and the global quality of life.

Skilled, qualified, professionally certified General Welders can work anywhere in the world and provide services in harshest of environments. For these accomplished professionals, the monetary rewards can be significant.

There is a highly complex range of welding skills:  the different arc welding processes require different levels of manual dexterity, knowledge and skill to avoid making defective welds. There are a wide range of metallic materials that can be welded, each with different properties and behaviours.

What is involved in the Level 2 General Welder Standard?

All apprentices taking part in the level 2 General Welder Standard will spend 6 weeks at the Swarm REAGIT centre in Norwich. During these 30 days of intensive training, the apprentice will develop basic skills in:

  • Health and Safety and workshop behaviours,

  • Hand tools and traditional engineering techniques,

  • Working with and understanding technical documentation.

  • Welding skill development in 2 different welding processes (MIG, TIG or MMA)

The apprentice will then attend site 1 day per week for 16 weeks to complete the technical element of the apprenticeship.

Our tutors will attend site every 8-10 weeks for onsite observations, support and preparation of the portfolio for the End Point Assessment (EPA)

For full information on this standard, please refer to the IfATE website HERE

Level 2
General Welder
(arc processes)

Status: Approved for delivery

Level: 2

Reference: ST0349

Version: 1.1

Date updated: 24/06/2022

Approved for delivery: 27 April 2016

Route: Engineering and manufacturing

Typical duration to gateway : 12-18 months (this does not include EPA period)

Maximum funding: £13000

LARS Code: 94

EQA Provider: Ofqual

Next steps

If you are an employer, send Louisa an email to get started 

If you want to become an apprentice and you want help in finding a role, then drop Sophie an email with a copy of your cv

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