Specialist training in Welding and Fabrication
Our brand new Welding and Fabrication Technical Training Centre at the Port of Blyth is a dedicated facility with state-of-the-art equipment to support skills development in the growing sectors of advanced manufacturing, welding and fabrication.
We offer a wide range of accredited qualifications across welding and fabrication.
Evening classes enrolling now
Upskill or progress in your career with a choice of MIG, TIG and MMA welding pathways at a level that suits you.
Our introductory and intermediate classes run for ten weeks on Wednesday evenings from 5-8pm at our state-of-the-art Port of Blyth Welding & Fabrication Centre.
You may be able to study for free, eligibility criteria apply.
Flexible learning options
Apprenticeship training programmes
Delivering on behalf of Northumberland County Council, we provide a wide range of apprenticeship training programmes designed to equip new and existing members of your team with the knowledge and skills they need to make a positive difference to your business. We work alongside your business to understand your training needs and your growth ambitions.
Apprenticeship Standards available include:
General welder (arc processes), Level 2
Pipe welder, Level 3
Plate welder, Level 3
Metal fabricator, Level 3
Engineering Construction Pipe Fitter, Level 3
Non-destructive testing (NDT) operator
Structural steelwork fabricator
Industry qualifications and training
Weld Procedure Qualification Record
Welder Qualification Testing to the full range of ASME IX and BS EN ISO standards
Bespoke programmes at customer premises (or within the centre)
FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS (FULL-TIME STUDY PROGRAMMES)
If you're about to leave school or have recently finished your GCSEs, enrol now to kick-start your career at the Port of Blyth Welding & Fabrication training centre.
Our courses cover a range of welding, fabrication and cutting techniques to ensure that you are equipped to succeed in the working world of engineering. You will develop your ability to work with hand tools and powered tools, as well as a wide range of sheet metal working and fabrication equipment.
Full-time study programmes for school leavers include:
FOR ADULTS (PART-TIME COURSES)
Enabling you to deepen your knowledge and progress at work, our part-time welding and fabrication courses for adults
Part-time learning opportunities include:
Award in Introductory Welding Skills in MIG, TIG or MMA process (Level 1)
C&G Award in Welding Skills in MIG, TIG or MMA process (Level 2)
Having recently moved to the North East, this course was a great opportunity to meet like-minded people as well as gaining new skills.
I found the staff to be friendly, supportive and approachable - overall great teachers who really inspired me.
The teachers are great and answer any questions you have to help you understand the welding process a lot more.
I highly recommend this course as there are great tutors, a great atmosphere and brand new machinery to work with.
This course has opened my eyes to new skills and the progress I can make now that I have these new welding abilities.
Tom Harvey, studied Welding Level 1 at our Port of Blyth Welding & Fabrication Centre
Moving into the new centre is amazing. We each have our own welding bay that we’re responsible for, so it means we get more chance to weld and will progress faster.
I first became interested in marine engineering after a school visit to the Port of Blyth and seeing the sub-sea equipment. Then when I found out more about the welding course with Northumberland Skills, I thought it sounded perfect – and it’s just getting better now we have this new facility.
It’s exciting being in the Port of Blyth and you get big companies visiting us, which is good for looking for apprenticeship opportunities.
Former Astley Community High School pupil, Jess Robson, 17, from Seaton Delaval.
My dad was a welder and I thought it would be something I would like to do to as I wanted to do something practical with my hands – and it’s also a job that can lead to all kinds of opportunities and take you all over the world.
This course sounded like an amazing opportunity. The facilities, equipment and the lecturers are all brilliant.
You get lots of independence which I think is good for preparing you for work. I’d definitely recommend this Northumberland Skills course to anyone looking to starting a career in welding.
Former Morpeth KEVI High School student, Dexter Sayers, 17, from Longhirst.