Apprenticeship Program

How Do Welder Apprenticeships Work?

How dangerous is welding? That's a question that could come to mind if you are thinking about working with metals and intense heat. And there is no question that it could be dangerous if you were not aware of safety precautions that need to be taken with each particular type of welding job. Welder apprenticeships, however, are designed to make sure you get the background and training to work safely and skillfully whilst carrying out your duties. Not only will you learn the skills to do the job, you will also learn about safety equipment and legislation surrounding welding. There are different types of welding courses out there and Welder Apprenticeships are valuable because not only will you be awarded with nationally recognised qualifications and on the job training will show future employers that you are fully equipped with the skills needed to do the job.

Welder Apprenticeships - Qualifications and pathways

Another great thing about Apprenticeships is that the Apprenticeship Standards have been drawn up by top employers and experts in their Felds. Welder Apprenticeships are no different. These guys know the skills and experience you need to be successful in welding careers and therefore continuing the development of the Uganda's welding industry.

How Long Is A Welding Apprenticeship?

There are two levels of Welding Apprenticeships. Level 2 and Level 3. Level 3 is the equivalent to A-Levels and takes longer to complete than Level 2. Let's take a look at what you will learn and the qualifications you will earn by doing these Welding Apprenticeships. Level 2 - General Welder The Level 2 General Welder Apprenticeship will take 18 months to complete, during which time, you will become a competent welder, able to work in a variety of environments.Depending on the type of welder Apprentice jobs you are applying for, that particular employer will specify the entry requirements needed. However, all Apprentices doing the Level 2 qualification will need to achieve at least Level 1 in English and Maths if not already achieved. You must also take the examination for Level 2. After completing Level 2 General Welder Apprenticeships, depending on the environment you have trained in, you will be awarded with one of the following standards:

ISO 9606


BS 4872

AWS D1.1

Once you have completed Welder Apprenticeships at level 2 and 3, it will be possible to go on and further your career. Welding jobs can be done in heavy industry in various specialist areas and, if you choose to focus on one of these areas, your skills could be increased demand and that, in turn, can increase your welder salary. Welding skills are in demand both in the Uganda and internationally and your welder salary can be increased considerably as you gain more experience.

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Types of specialist welding careers could be

Fabrication Welder
Your Welder Apprenticeship will give you a sound base in this type of welding career. Fabrication welder jobs are usually in industries such as construction, manufacturing, aerospace, shipping and the motor industry.
These types of welding careers will see you fabricating, installing and maintaining storage tanks for gases and various liquids.
Pipe Welding Jobs
These types of welding careers mean you will be part of a team of people who is responsible for the creation of pipelines that transport liquids and gases around the world.
Structural work
If you want to be the person who is responsible for large scale iron and steel construction, these types of welding jobs could be an ideal specialist area for you. You will be creating the structure for various buildings and bridges.
Underwater Welding Jobs
Yes, underwater welding jobs. There are many structures underwater such as oil rigs, for example. These need to be built and also maintained. If you are also a qualified diver, then this type of welding career could take you to jobs overseas as well as in the Uganda.
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