ABC Awards Fabrication and Welding qualifications equip learners with skills such as manual welding, sheet metalwork, pipework fabrication and thermal cutting, etc. Learners can start a Level 1 with little experience and advance to Level 3 which promotes a more highly developed understanding of equipment functions and how materials behave when subjected to the welding process.
We have qualifications which form part of the apprenticeship framework, for more information click here
ABC Awards reputable and time-honoured Fabrication and Welding qualifications have always been well respected in the sector for linking practical skills to knowledge throughout the learners experience. Over the past few months, ABC Awards has been working to redevelop and update its suite of Fabrication and Welding Qualifications at Levels 1, 2 and 3. We are pleased to announce that the new qualifications are regulated by Ofqual for a September 2012 start.
All the units in the new qualifications were reviewed, reworked and updated as necessary including the credit values and GLH. The structure, unit titles and size of the new qualifications are very like the existing qualifications, as is the content of the units. The major difference is in assessment, where there is less emphasis on external examination and more on practical task assessment, with knowledge being assessed through assessment packages, which ABC will provide and which will be internally assessed, internally moderated by centres and externally moderated by an ABC Awards moderator.
Click on the links below to view the Units and Rules of Combination for each qualification.
Level 1 Certificate in Fabrication and Welding Practice
600/5178/4 Level 1 Certificate in Fabrication and Welding Practice (14 credits - 140 GLH)
600/5131/0 Level 2 Award in Fabrication and Welding Practice (10 credits - 80 GLH)
600/5190/5 Level 2 Certificate in Fabrication and Welding Practice (31 credits - 260 GLH)
600/5149/8 Level 3 Award in Fabrication and Welding Practice (10 credits - 80 GLH)
600/5194/2 Level 3 Certificate in Fabrication and Welding Practice (29 credits - 240 GLH)
600/5130/9 Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Practice* (57 credits - 480 GLH)
*To be included in SEMTA's Apprenticeship Framework
As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply.
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. * All employed apprentices will get a wage, at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) however, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages – in fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week.
• earn a salary
• get paid holidays
• receive training
• gain qualifications
• learn job-specific skills
There are three levels of Apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:
Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
Advanced Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.
Apprenticeships are available in the following Sectors
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care*
Arts, Media and Publishing
Business, Administration and Law
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
Education and Training
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies*
Health, Public Services and Care*
Information and Communication Technology
Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Retail and Commercial Enterprise*
ABC Awards has qualifications in these sectors* that contribute to Apprenticeships:
Fabrication and Welding Qualifications
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