CATCH Welding and Pipefitting Hub

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Learn with the CATCH Welding and Pipefitting Hub

Welding, pipefitting, and fabrication jobs are growing in demand not only here in the Humber region, but nationally too, as the UK starts to build the mega scale infrastructure required to hit Net Zero targets.

However, these roles are not new careers, welding and pipefitting jobs have long been instrumental to the UK economy, from bridges to cars, to factories and wind turbines, these roles cover a vast number of industries.

Joel, head of welding and pipefitting

Joel Broddle
Head of Pipefitting and Welding


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By becoming a Pipefitting or Welding apprentice, you can earn whilst you learn and from the best!

Our tutors are the best in their fields – learn welding from a professional welder, and pipefitting from an actual pipefitter! By learning a craft, you will secure high wages and a job for life. And more importantly, the two crafts will learn side by side, working together as they would in industry.

Our Industry led, Welding and Pipefitting Hub has 14 welding bays, 14 pipefitting bays, with state-of-the-art equipment such as Lincoln Electric welding equipment Morgan Rushworth Steel Worker and Pipefitting equipment such as industry-leading pipe benders and TAG pneumatic pipe preparation. In the workshop we are well equipped with a guillotine, press-brake, band saws, grinding bays, a weld testing area and thermal cutting capabilities such as plasma and oxy-propane.

CATCH Apprenticeship course’s focus on hands-on, practical skills, such as MMA, TIG, MAG and Flux Core welding, weld preparation, reading of drawings, material selection and preparation, measuring, marking out and cutting to size, bending, pressure testing and NDT and DT procedures and testing methods.  Our Hub enables you to hone these skills in a safe environment with a supportive staff that cares about your wellbeing as well as your future.


  • What is a welder?
  • What is a pipefitter?
  • What is a metal fabricator / plater?
  • Is welding and pipefitting a good career?
  • What skills will I learn in the pipefitting apprenticeship?
  • What skills will I learn in the welding apprenticeship?
  • What skills will I learn in the metal fabrication (plater) apprenticeship?
  • How many years will I train for?
What is a welder?

A welder specialises in the fusing of materials, usually metals with intense heat to produce products or build infrastructure.

What is a pipefitter?

A pipe fitter is responsible for the installation or repair of pipeline systems, that will carry various commodities around the region and the UK.

What is a metal fabricator / plater?

Working mainly in engineering and construction, a plater is a specialist metal worker, who shapes, constructs or repairs metal for specific projects, such as pipes, tanks, vessels and structural components.

Is welding and pipefitting a good career?

Both Welders and Pipefitters are in demand, benefits include high wages, job security and high job satisfaction. By becoming a welder or a pipefitter you have a job for life

What skills will I learn in the pipefitting apprenticeship?
  • To work safely at all times – complying with relevant regulations.
  • Use tools safely.
  • Plan, organise and undertake the fabrication, assembly, installation and maintenance or pipework components.
  • Read, interpret, and apply information from engineering drawings.
  • Shape pipework to the required tolerance and specification using a range of hand tools or power tools.
  • Assemble and install pipework.
  • Ensure the integrity of joints to comply with specifications and tolerances.
  • Undertake inspection and testing.
  • Teamwork
  • Apply techniques for the removal of pipework.
  • Communication.
What skills will I learn in the welding apprenticeship?
  • Work safely at ALL times – complying to relevant regulations.
  • Be able to use appropriate documentation.
  • Plan and prepare work area before starting.
  • Correct selection & setup of welding equipment.
  • Prepare materials.
  • Inspect the joint before welding to make sure it complies with documentation.
  • Receive and maintain consumables.
  • Work to welding procedure using correct welding parameters.
  • Correctly setup purge and be able to monitor.
  • Safely use power tools in the aid of weld preparation.
  • Work to ISO 5817, 9606, ASME IX or ASME B31.3 when inspecting the weld.
  • Safely restore the work area.
  • Problem solving.
  • Produce pipe/ plate welds using TIG, MMA, MAG FCAW.
  • Produce pipe/ plate welds using different materials (EG. Carbon steel, Martensitic/ High Alloy Ferritic, Austenitic Stainless Steel).
  • Produce pipe/ plate welds in a range of positions.
  • Produce pipe/ plate welds using a range of joint types (Butt, branch, socket, flange).
  • Produce pipe/ plate welds in restricted areas, knowing how to manipulate the equipment to suit.
  • To use both left and right hand.
What skills will I learn in the metal fabrication (plater) apprenticeship?
  • Work safely at ALL times – complying to relevant regulations.
  • The importance of complying with statutory, quality, organisational and health and safety regulations
  • The structure, properties and characteristics of common materials
  • Approved diagnostic methods and techniques used to help solve engineering problems
  • Processes for preparing materials to be marked out
  • The tools and techniques available for cutting, shaping, assembling and finishing materials.
  • Allowances for cutting, notching, bending, rolling and forming materials
  • Principles, procedures and testing of different joining techniques (Mechanised or Manual)
  • Effects of heating and cooling metals
  • Metallurgy associated with joining
  • Different types of Welds and joints
How many years will I train for?

A pipe welding apprenticeship will typically be 48 months with plate welding being 36 months, metal fabrication 42 months. A pipefitting apprenticeship will typically run for 36 months. All 3 apprenticeship standards now include an end point assessment (EPA) which can change the duration depending on the candidate.

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