ECITB Scholarship in Welding - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The ECITB Scholarship Programme is a one year course that will support learners to pursue a full time off the job programme in welding. During their studies learners will acquire Nationally recognised engineering qualifications as well receiving other skills training relevant to their chosen discipline.

The scheme offers employers an excellent opportunity to recruit a young person who has had the requisite training to be either fast-tracked into an apprenticeship or be recruited as a direct site hire. To support the learners on this full-time programme the ECITB will pay an allowance of £100/week during term time.

Units include:

  • ECITB Digital passport
  • ECITB foundation and work based online knowledge test.
  • ECITB PEP (Pre-employment programme) – site readiness training including CCNSG

Scholars will focus on developing TIG (Tungsten inert gas) and MMA (Manual metal arc) welding skills.

They will start off with running beads on plate in the down hand position. From here their skill set will be stretched and challenged by producing beads on plate in various welding positions including PF (vertical up).

Once competency has been achieved running beads, scholars will progress onto fillet joints. The joint positions covered will include PB Horizontal Vertical, PF Vertical up and PD overhead. This will give a brilliant opportunity to develop high level skills needed to weld in challenging positions.

Scholars will work towards and attain a BS EN 4872 code using the MMA process on a Fillet joint, produced in the PB position.

They will then work towards and attain an ISO 9606 coding using the TIG process on a fillet joint, produced in either the PB or PD position.

Learners will be expected to wear the following mandatory PPE/RPE in the BTC workshops when carrying out welding activities:

  • TIG/MMA welding gloves
  • Leather apron
  • Head mounted welding screens
  • Air fed welding screens (Loaned and available on a first come first served basis)
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear plugs
  • Safety boots
  • Proban overalls
  • A P3 Respiratory protection which protects against welding fumes.

PPE/RPE which is brought in by learners for use in our workshops will be checked to ensure it is suitable for welding related activities.

Progression Options

Learners who successfully achieve this qualification could progress into employment within a fabrication and welding environment or engineering construction industry. Learners could also progress on to a welding apprenticeship.

Course Summary

Course Title ECITB Scholarship in Welding
Attendance Requirements 4.5 days per week (3 days practical and 1.5 days theory).
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The facilities are amazing, and working on and with industry-level software and equipment has been the perfect preparation for a Degree Apprenticeship and career in the engineering industry.

Harry Lawrence

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