We are seeking to employ and train up to 8 apprentices to start in September 2022, which will grow our welding team by 60% due to an expected increase in our workload in 2023/24 and beyond.
At the end of your apprenticeship, you will become a highly trained coded welder working within a highly regulated industry. Your training will be bespeaking to the nuclear industry requirements and within a year, you will have the opportunity to gain your first welder qualifications so that you can start to work on our highly quality assured project work where the parts and products that you will make will safely go into nuclear facilities around the United Kingdom.
In the first year of your 4-year apprenticeship, you will spend the vast majority of your time at the training centre in Aston, Birmingham, where you will learn general workshop skills, complete welding and fabrication classroom study, continuous improvement techniques as well as plenty of hands-on welding practice so that you can hone your welding technique.
From Year 2, you will spend the majority of your time at Ansaldo, returning to Make UK on day release in year 2.
You will work with materials including mild steels, stainless steels and possibly even some exotic materials.
You will learn different welding processes such as TIG, MIG and Flux Core and will learn how to weld a variety of joint types and material thicknesses.
As you develop your skills, your welds will undergo greater levels of weld inspection and testing so that we know you are ready to work in the nuclear industry.
You will also learn fabrication skills and techniques which will complement your welding skills.
You will work in a clean and tidy workshop where the health and safety of our employees is our highest priority. You will work with a team of highly experienced people that will help, encourage and challenge you to reach your fullest potential.
On top of the Apprenticeship Qualifications, you will achieve on your course, you will also receive the following in house training to ensure that you are well trained and confident:
- General safety induction
- Nuclear safety awareness
- Welder qualifications to internationally recognised codes and standards
- Visual weld inspection appreciation
- Overhead crane operation
- Manual handling
- Working at height
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
- Control of Material Cross Contamination
Apprentices with the correct mindset, attitude and performance levels will be able to secure a full time role as a coded welder, working on exciting projects within the nuclear industry. As you build up your skill levels in welding, you can kick on from there to hone your skills in fabrication. Once you have mastered your craft in fabrication and welding, you will have opportunities to apply for other roles, such as in technical support and even team leadership.
Ansaldo Nuclear continually invests in its employees and we will encourage you to carry on your education, going on to do a HNC or even a HND when you could progress towards working as a welding inspector or working in our engineering department as a design engineer.
Some of our previous apprentices have even taken up roles as team leaders on the shop floor, so you could be leading a team of people if you have the leadership qualities necessary to get the best out of people.
Our employees will often revert to a double shift system when workloads are high. When this occurs, the shifts are 13:00-14:00 and 13:30-21:30 and you will alternate weekly. There will be a Temporary Shift Allowance paid for working shifts.
You will need to go through a security clearance (SC) process due to the nature of our work. Once attaining your SC clearance, you will have the necessary clearance to work on our nuclear projects.
Once qualified, you will be required to work on our customers’ nuclear licenced sites. This will involve an element of travelling and working away from home for a period. Naturally, your accommodation and expenses are reimbursed for these trips.
- Basic understanding of engineering
- Computer applications such as Microsoft Office suite
- Good communication skills
- Acts with respect & integrity
- Clear thinker
- Works well in a team
- Can use own initiative
- Problem solver
- Technically minded and enthusiastic about manufacturing
- Practical person (car restoration, engine repairs, refurbishment, building etc.)
A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) including maths, English, and a science/Technology subject.
Together with invaluable commercial and practical experience, you’ll gain several academic and vocational qualifications throughout your time with us, which are fully paid for, including:
- Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
- Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence)
- Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)