Guidance

Metal processing apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the metal processing sector.

Metal processing deals with extracting metal, treating it so it can be used in production, as well as recycling metal and developing new materials

Training opportunities

As an apprentice you’ll get a broad understanding of the metals industry by working both in the office and on the shop floor. Your responsibilities could include:

  • scheduling materials
  • monitoring production processes
  • working on the floor as a member of a production team
  • testing the quality of products
  • learning health and safety practices

On the advanced apprenticeship, you’ll take a leading part in developing and making a broad range of hi-tech products like:

  • advanced engine components
  • surgical implants
  • oil rigs and structural steelwork

You’ll get the chance to develop technical and team leader skills.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of metal processing apprenticeships.

Level 2 (intermediate apprenticeship)

  • production processing
  • service centre operations
  • testing technicians
  • metals handling

Level 3 (advanced apprenticeship)

  • materials scheduling and production planning
  • production processing and team leaders
  • laboratory and testing technicians
  • structural steelwork fabricators

Apply for a metal processing apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education