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Welding courses

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  • Heard about the huge demand for welding skills and considering a change of career?
  • Established welder expanding your specialist services?
  • Business owner with growth in mind and seeking to retrain or upskill your team on the latest welding techniques?

Welding is one the fastest-growing areas of the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

And our Lancashire Energy HQ campus offers a wide range of welding courses delivered by highly experienced trainers.

There’s a huge shortage of skilled welders. And demand is growing. Which means:

  • If you have welders in your business, retention is key - and you need to offer regular training as part of your employment offer.
  • If you’re looking for a new career, welding is a great trade - and we've got the training you need to help you get a job with great prospects.

Like any specialist skill, welding takes a lifetime to master – but you can become a highly competent welder with the support of expert trainers.

Trainers like those you’ll find at Lancashire Energy HQ, part of Blackpool and The Fylde College.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to welding or have been welding for many years – you can always learn new skills to make your job easier or the results even stronger.

Welding courses at Lancashire Energy HQ will either get you started in welding – for work or as a hobby - or help you progress through your welding career.

Which welding course is right for you?

Lancashire Energy HQ offers courses for all levels of experience. Here's our short guide to the right welding course for you.

Getting started

Learn the basics of welding on our Level 1 and Level 2 courses. Apply for either course and during your assessment interview our expert welding trainers will
help you choose the level matched to your current experience and ability.

Level 1 and 2 welding courses are intensive, full-time, week-long practical sessions.

Competent and confident students completing Level 2 will be ready for junior welding jobs.

Extending your welding skills

Level 3 Welding and Fabrication Practice is a year-long course one evening per week for students with experience working as welders.

You'll be thirsty to take your career to the next level or move from general welding into new areas of opportunity.

Beyond Level 3, we offer short courses in welding inspection accredited by The Welding Institute (TWI).

These courses - CSWIP 3.0 (Level 1), CSWIP 3.1 (Level 2) and CSWIP (Level 3) - will take you forward in your welding career providing you with the skills to
specialise as a senior welder inspecting the work of others.

Welders are recommended to spend 4 years using skills learned during CSWIP 3.0 and CSWIP 3.1 courses before taking the final course in this series, CSWIP 3.2.

Advanced welding courses at Lancashire Energy HQ

  1. CSWIP 3.0 (Level 1): Visual Welding Inspector, is a 3-day course
  2. CSWIP 3.1 (Level 2): Welding Inspector, is a one-week course
  3. CSWIP 3.2 (Level 3): Senior Welding Inspector, is a one-week course

Beyond CSWIP

There are several courses available with radiographic interpretation providing the welder with practical experience for working in offshore or nuclear environments.

LEHQ does not yet offer these courses but is happy to recommend training partners across the region.

Return to work with a welding career

LEHQ is delighted to offer a fully-funded two-week introduction to welding package for the long-term unemployed.

This package includes Level 1 and Level 2 Welding, and Introduction to Abrasive Wheels courses.

To find out about this package, please contact us using the details below:

Welding at home

Welding is a great skill for anyone. Many people learn welding to fix their own cars and save on garage bills.

To get started in welding, we'd recommend the Level 1 and Level 2 Welding course.

Bespoke courses

We can put together welding training tailored to your organisation’s specific needs.

To find out more, please contact:

T: +(44) 01253 504 400



Why Choose B&FC?


  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Assured Status in recognition of our industry-led skills training

  Engineering Council accredited programmes through the IET, confirming that courses meet national standards

  Highly qualified tutors with lots of industry experience

  Specialist engineering facilities and equipment

  Flexible delivery modes with workplace support and day release study options

  Commendations from The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

  Degrees awarded by Lancaster University – ranked in the UK’s top ten institutions

  Working with over 1,800 partner employers locally, regionally and nationally

  The largest college provider of degree-level education in England

  Student satisfaction is consistently over 90%



Contact us

If you're not sure which course to choose, see the qualifications and study programmes we offer.

And if you want to chat with one of our experts, we're here Monday to Friday:

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