WEC Group Engineering Academy
Engineering Apprenticeships in Welding/Fabrication, CNC Machining & Laser & Press Brake Operation
WEC Group's in-house Training Academy was founded in 2006 and is one of the only apprenticeship scheme of its type in the UK.
The four-year welding/fabrication, CNC machining and technical production engineering apprenticeships provide individuals in Lancashire, South Yorkshire, Liverpool and surrounding areas with an opportunity to gain the relevant skills to carve out a successful career in engineering.
Our Academy is one of only a few TWI (The Welding Institute) certified welder training centres in the North West, and our Training and Development Manager is a CSWIP certified welder instructor and examiner which ensures our apprentices are trained to the highest international standards.
Apprentices also work on exciting community projects throughout the year with local authorities, charities and residents to develop their skill sets. Recent work has seen apprentices create a 5ft stainless steel statue in tribute to LS Lowry, a replica weathervane which was donated to a local church after the original was damaged in a storm, as well as a research space rocket for Starchaser Industries.
Every year we enter our apprentices into a range of awards, and also into the prestigious WorldSkills UK competition as a testament to the world class training they receive. Our welding/fabrication apprentices have won gold medals for three years in a row, as well as silver, bronze and Highly Commended.
WEC Group are extremely proud to have been recognised in the UK's Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list in 2014, 2016, and 2017. The National Apprenticeship Service Top 100 List recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices and showcases the breadth of employers who now offer apprenticeships.
The Academy also won a range of awards over the past few years, including the BAE Systems Award for Large Employer of the Year in the Liverpool, Cumbria and Lancashire region finals in 2016, 2018 and 2019. We were also awarded the National Highly Commended Award at the National Apprenticeships Awards 2018 and 2019.
WEC Group are exceptionally proud to have achieved major national recognition after being crowned with The British Army Award for Large Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards in 2020 and the Regional Award in 2022.
Our recruitment process for 2023 at our divisions in Blackburn with Darwen, Coventry, Merseyside and Yorkshire will begin within the new year. Please return in January 2023 for more information and how to apply.
Training Academy Information
Over 80 apprentices have passed through the doors of the Academy since 2006, securing skilled positions at WEC Group.
We involve apprentices in community projects every year to test their newly acquired skills; from building a spitfire memorial sculpture to fabricating a go kart and a weathervane.