Why apprenticeships are important in fabrication


Apprenticeships provide an exciting and beneficial opportunity both for employers and employees. In industries and roles like steel fabrication, that are very hands on, an apprenticeship is an ideal way for those starting out to gain the key knowledge, skills, and training that will stay with them throughout the rest of their working life.

What a fabrication apprenticeship could involve

The fabrication and welding industry are naturally woven into each aspect of our lives, from the cars we drive to the construction of the buildings we visit and work in. Steel fabrication, welding, and engineering job roles require well-trained individuals who are able to operate various pieces of technical equipment and apply a range of techniques.

Metal fabrication apprenticeships often involve helping to make products and parts from raw or partially finished materials by cutting, shaping, and joining sections of metal together. You might also carry out repairs on equipment and machinery, which will be an invaluable skill for your career as a fabricator.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship in fabrication?

If you like working with your hands and want a rewarding career, fabrication and welding could be for you. Below are just a few examples of the benefits you’ll experience when you start a fabrication apprenticeship.

Earn while you learn

One of the biggest advantages to doing a fabrication apprenticeship is that you can earn money to support yourself whilst you gain the skills, qualifications, and experience you need to kickstart your career.

Support from trade professionals

An apprenticeship gives you invaluable insider access to years of experience that comes with working alongside fabrication specialists. Trade experts are there to answer questions and guide apprentices through on-the-job training so they will be set up for success going forward.

Gain valuable experience

Fabrication and welding are highly desirable skills and by doing an apprenticeship you’ll get a head start from other candidates who don’t have the level of experience that you’ve built up throughout your course. An apprenticeship involves more than just studying from books – you’ll also learn through hands-on experience. You’ll attend classes for a few hours each week to reinforce what you’ve learned and prepare for any new practical skills you’ll be starting next.

Achieve industry-recognised qualifications

A registered apprenticeship programme gives you valuable skills and industry-recognised training that you can take to any part of the country if you need to and be highly employable in the industry.

Our view on apprenticeships

At FEM, we are actively involved in giving apprenticeship opportunities to those who are interested in fabrication engineering careers. Once they have completed their training many apprentices stay with us and continue to grow and develop, working their way up to take on more responsibilities and senior roles within the business.

We work in a wide range of industries such as technology, automotive, and agricultural. This means apprentices with us can expect a varied and exciting career where they will learn cutting edge manufacturing practices using the most up to date and modern technology, acquiring a wealth of skills and experience.

As a family owned and run business, specialising in fabrication in Sheffield we understand the importance of having the right team by your side to produce high quality products and provide the best service. That’s why we feel having apprentices in the fabrication industry are so important to growth and development and creating a skilled team you can trust.